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And the winners of best theatre are... The Wheatsheaf Players. Pictured far left is Watermark's managing and creative director Barry Chadwick presenting the award to the Wheatsheaf's team.
Coventry and Warwickshire's prestigious Godiva Award winners were announced this evening at a glittering ceremony at the Ricoh Arena The Awards, which recognise Coventry and Warwickshire's lifestyle, tourism and leisure industry and have been developed by CV One ltd in association with, Coventry City Council, Heart of England, Coventry University, Coventry Telegraph, Coventry Times, Ricoh Arena, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Touch FM, Be !nventive, City College Coventry, The City of Coventry Ambassadors Group and Feel Alive Magazine.
The awards are divided into three categories:
Lifestyle Awards in association with Coventry Telegraph and Times Series - open to businesses in the entertainment and arts sector which have been nominated and voted for by the public.
Business Awards in association with Coventry University - judged by an independent judging panel advised by industry experts.
The Ambassadors Award - for a single individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Coventry and Warwickshire, nominated and voted by members of the City of Coventry Ambassadors Group, UK.
Winners of the awards received a specially commissioned bronze statuette designed by Coventry sculptor George Wagstaffe.
Lifestyle Award Winners:
Best Bar: Bar Maison, Coventry
Best Café: Esquires Coffee House, Coventry
Best Club: Club Heat, Coventry
Best Hotel: The Windmill Village, Coventry
Best Live Venue: The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Best Pub: The Rose & Crown, Warwick
Best Restaurant: The Crossed Khukris Gurkha Restaurant, Nuneaton
Best Shop: Treats & Balloony Bin, Nuneaton
Best Theatre: The Wheatsheaf, Coventry
Best Visitor Attraction: Spookhunters, Coventry
Best Health and Fitness Venue: Moat House Leisure Centre, Coventry
Business Award Winners:
Best New Venture: The Bikeyard, Leamington Spa
Best Business Innovation: Alpha Star Films Ltd. Nuneaton
Best Customer Service: The Almanack, Kenilworth
Best Family Friendly Venture: The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Best Business: Coventry Market, Coventry
Best Conference Venue: Warwick Conferences, Coventry
This year's Ambassadors award goes to Peter Deeley, Chairman of The Deeley Group.
Liz Millet, Chief Executive for CV One ltd said:
"Tonight's awards have been our biggest and best yet, we had thousands of votes cast in all categories making the competition this year incredibly close. The ceremony itself was absolutely fantastic and the performances were incredible. Our aftershow party courtesy of Touch FM was superb and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and dancing the night away.
These awards are the most prestigious lifestyle awards in the UK and they are happening right here in Coventry and Warwickshire, an achievement which makes us all very proud "
All award winners will be published on the Godiva Awards website at