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Thursday night saw the launch of the fourth annual Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards, announcing a brand new partnership with Scottish based charity the STV Appeal.

The prestigious awards, now welcoming votes from the general public on who should be crowned the best in the country in categories ranging from “Scotland’s Favourite Gay Friendly venue” to “Scotland’s Best Wedding Venue”, launched with a glittering party at The Corinthian Club last Thursday night, helping raise funds for the STV Appeal.

Now it its fourth year, the awards strive to reward excellence within the hospitality and entertainment industry, and this year is set to be the biggest yet. This year Warren Paul, CEO and founder of the awards “is delighted” to be working with the STV Appeal and “can’t wait for the exciting year ahead”.

Warren on speaking about the new partnership said “We are setting a target to raise £50,000 for the STV Appeal; they are an amazing charity that supports children in Scotland affected by poverty. With 100% of all money raised going to children who need it most, we knew it was a charity we wanted to support.”

The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in Poverty in Scotland. Since its launch in 2011, the STV Appeal has raised over £8.2 million with 297 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 37,000 children.

Elizabeth Partyka of the STV Appeal said: “The Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards is a great event and it’s fantastic that the STV Appeal has been chosen as its charity partner this year. We would like to thank everyone who gets behind the event and helps to support children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.

The STV Appeal 2015 is now underway with lots of exciting fundraising activities in the year to come, and we hope to make this our best year yet.” A number of new categories are on the bill this year, which is making for a “very exciting” year says press and event organiser Michael Macfarlane.

Michael added “the feedback so far is huge, especially for the “Gay Friendly Venue” award, which is a springboard for The Icon Awards coming later this year, rewarding excellence in the gay lesbian and transgender community, and once again we plan to reward only the best of the best, and we look forward to crowning the lucky winners at our gala final in April”.

Stephen Flynn from Glasgow Taxi’s has once again generously donated a special wrapped taxi, which customers can enjoy around Glasgow, a major supporter of the event he is once again excited to be part of it. Voting will remain open until March 20th, and can be done via the website. Venues will then be visited by an independent judging panel. The winners eventually being announced on April 19th at the glittery ceremony being held at The Thistle Hotel, Glasgow.  

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