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Westside BID Press Release
WOWs 2017

On Sunday 29th January 2017 the Westside community celebrated at the 12th Wonders of Westside (WOW) Awards.

The James Bond themed event, was held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and was hosted by Westside General Manager Mike Olley. The night began with dhol players leading guests into the main suite and was opened by Councillor John Clancy, Birmingham City Council Leader. Councillor Clancy welcomed representatives from the Royal British Legion to the stage to speak about the money raised by businesses in Westside for the Poppy Appeal, and how it will help those who need it in the future.

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Once the awards, such as ‘Best Hotel’, ‘Best Bar’ and ‘Best Club’ were presented, comedian Aurie Styla bought the laughs, whilst guests enjoyed a three course meal and a mini casino.

Mike Olley, Westside BID general Manager said, “The WOWs 2017 was another successful evening, celebrating the hard working night-time and hospitality industry who are responsible for making the entertainment sector of Westside vibrant and popular.”

The WOW’s 2017 was sponsored by Diageo brands ‘Tanqueray’, ‘Haig Club’ and ‘Ciroc’, Crazy Gin’s ‘Lassi Gin’, Fevertree Tonics and a photo booth courtesy of Seeyourselfonline.com.

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All raffle proceeds and money raised at the mini casino will be going to the Royal British Legion.

List of awards and winners:
1. Best Pub Sponsored by Heineken – O’Neill’s
2. Best Pub Manager – Paulo Jacinto, Brasshouse
3. Best Club – Players
4. Best Club Manager – Phil Stubbs, Velvet Music Rooms
5. Best Bar Sponsored By Diageo – The Gentleman & Scholar

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6. Best Bar Manager – Matt Sharp, Gin Vault
7. Best Hotel/ Serviced Apartments – Hyatt Regency Birmingham
8. Best Hotel/ Serviced Apartments Manager – Fiona Lockyer, Hampton by Hilton
9. Best Promotions Team – Vodbull
10. Best Promotions Team Leader – Tippo, Party Birmingham

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11. Best Newcomer – Pryzm
12. Best Casual Restaurant – Del Villaggio
13. Best Fine Dining Restaurant Sponsored By Crazy Gin– Pushkar
14. Best Restaurant Manager – Richard Cooper, Pickled Piglet
15. Best Arts/ Entertainment Venue – Cineworld
16. Outstanding Achievement – Baba Seckan, We Clean

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Photographer: Jas Sansi
Find the rest of the photos here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/jassansi/sets/72157676054655634/