Place to be Proud of Awards 2020

 Released by Destination Basingstoke

Now Open for Nominations

The 17th ‘A Place to be Proud of Awards’ programme has been launched for 2020. The Awards celebrate local unsung heroes and nominations are invited for individuals, organisations and projects that have made a special contribution to the community. There are a range of categories all sponsored by local businesses:

  • Arts & Entertainment Award – Basingstoke Leisure Park
  • Young Role Model Award – Queen Mary’s College
  • Unsung Hero Award – Festival Place
  • Health & Care Award – BMI Hampshire Clinic
  • Community Project Award – Face TV
  • Business and the Community Award – Basingstoke Together
  • Above and Beyond Award – Village Hotels
  • Green Champion of the Year Award – The Gazette
  • Charity of the Year Award – Sovereign


The Awards are pleased to welcome two new sponsors this year; Village Hotels who will be opening on Basing View in February and Sovereign.

" Village Hotels are responsible and sustainable members of the community in everything we

do. But Village is much more than just a hotel, we're a big part of the local community. Our Village Community campaign is our commitment to being a hub for the local area, where people come together to work, play and rest. We have partnered with 3 celebrity ambassadors who represent the 3 core pillars of promoting a fit & healthy lifestyle, support thriving economies and provide a social and happy place to be. We want to work 'above' and 'beyond' within our community and so we feel our brand initiative supports The Place to be Proud of Awards and this category perfectly" Said Nalin Daud General Manager, Village Hotel

Matthew Buckham, Communities Director, Sovereign said: “Sovereign’s been a big part of Basingstoke since 1995, and we’d like to celebrate that and our proud connection and long standing contribution to the area.

“We’ve tripled investment in our communities over this year, working alongside customers and community groups enabling them to thrive through employment, training, and education opportunities. And our residents’ own projects, charities and initiatives continue to flourish as we open up a new community grants funding programme via the Good Exchange platform. We can’t wait to see the outcomes of all of the great charity work out there in Basingstoke, which is why we’re sponsoring Charity Project of the Year in this years’ Place to be Proud of Awards.”

Nominations can be made online at date is 23rd March 2020. Finalists will be invited to the Awards ceremony to be held at The Haymarket Theatre on the 4th June.