Shortlist revealed for 2023 HullBID Awards

The cream of the Hull city centre business community will be aiming to get the new year off to a flying start as they challenge for the 2023 Hull Business Improvement District (HullBID) Awards.

Nearly 300 HullBID member businesses submitted applications and the judges have now revealed their shortlist of fewer than 30 still standing. There are three finalists in each of the 10 categories, and some are hoping for double success.

Kathryn Shillito, HullBID Executive Director, said: “This is our ninth year of HullBID Awards and we’ve been blown away by the number of quality entries from BID member businesses, demonstrating the prestige which is now associated with winning a HullBID Award.

“The variety of entrants crosses all sectors and I know the independent judging panel had a very hard job shortlisting from such a high calibre field, and then choosing the eventual winners.

“The celebration dinner will be spectacular and gives us all the perfect opportunity to celebrate city centre businesses in what continues to be challenging times.” 

The dinner will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ferensway, Hull, on Friday 27 January 2023, with BBC Radio Humberside reporter Amanda White and presenter Phil White again bringing their professional polish to the hosting duties.

Sectors represented on the shortlist include retail, hospitality, personal services, professional services, leisure, culture, travel and charities.

All finalists will receive four complimentary tickets to the ceremony where they can enjoy a three-course meal with wine. Many businesses are taking advantage of the discounted price of £40 plus VAT each to snap up additional tickets for colleagues, customers and other contacts.

Kathryn said: “Ever since our first HullBID Awards, demand for tickets has always been very high and this time we expect it to be better than ever. We have a fantastic venue where we know we will be looked after to the highest standards, and we know from experience that the priority for all the candidates is to have an amazing night out where everyone is a winner.”

To book tickets for the HullBID Awards 2023 gala celebration dinner please email

HullBID Awards 2023 – the shortlist

Eco-Friendly Award sponsored by AA Global
Poorboy Boutique

Welcoming Premises Award sponsored by HEY Credit Union
The Brain Jar
Lost City Adventure Golf
Outstanding Team or Employee Award sponsored by Hinks Insurance
Bonus Arena
Louise Mendham (Hull Trains)
Res Q

Innovative Marketing Award sponsored by St Stephen’s
Bad Wolf Gaming
Pepperells Solicitors
Poorboy Boutique

Customer Service Excellence Award sponsored by East Yorkshire
Holiday Inn Hull Marina
Plant & Paint
Reach Recruitment
Contribution to the Community Award sponsored by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Jubilee Central
State of the Arts Academy

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award sponsored by Hull City Council
Hearth Restaurant & Bakery
Hotham’s Ltd

Commitment to Health and Wellbeing Award sponsored by the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Rollits LLP

The Best in Food and Drink Award sponsored by the Prospect Centre
The Brazilian Churrascaria & Bar
The Hispanist
The Lexington
Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by The 55 Group
Helen Thackeray (Hull City Council)
Prestige Recruitment
Special Stars Foundation

Judges’ Special Recognition Award
To be presented to a HullBID member business or organisation selected by the panel, irrespective of whether they have entered the awards, for their work to enhance the status of Hull city centre.