The Shankly Hotel is Recognised with LEP Hotel of the Year Nomination

Liverpool boasts a £4.5 billion visitor economy entering 2019 and the city’s tourism industry is responsible for 53,500 jobs. Both The Shankly Hotel and the Signature Living Group are proud to contribute towards these impressive statistics and are looking forward to being recognised for the contribution they make to the industry.

This year The Shankly Hotel have been shortlisted by the LEP Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards and are nominated to win Hotel of the Year.

The Shankly Hotel Awarding History

Since the doors opened at The Shankly Hotel in 2015, Signature Living have worked hard to bring a new type of themed accommodation to the city of Liverpool.

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The unique concept, a Shankly themed hotel, has proven to be a great success, drawing in visitors to Liverpool from all over the globe.

The Shankly Hotel has proven to be a popular choice for visiting football fans, as well as a family-friendly hotel which welcomes in groups of all sizes.

In 2016, The Shankly Hotel was lucky enough to be nominated by LEP Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards under the category, Newcomer of the Year and won.

LEP Award The Shankly Hotel in 2016

Since then The Shankly Hotel has gone on to become a well-known name in Liverpool tourism, and off the back of such success are taking the concept and opening a new hotel Preston, Lancashire.

Soon The Shankly Preston will open its doors in the city that once welcomed Bill Shankly as a player for the mighty Preston North End. The interest surrounding the project has already caused quite a stir in the local area and people are looking forward to seeing what this latest Shankly themed venture will bring.

corporate hotel stay Shankly Hotel Preston

Now almost 4 years down the line since opening their doors, The Shankly Liverpool are looking forward to potentially being awarded Liverpool’s hotel of the year for 2019, ahead of opening our second Shankly Hotel in Preston.

Why The Shankly Hotel?

The reasons for our nomination can no doubt be attributed to guest satisfaction as well as our dynamic approach to providing one of a kind accommodation experiences, for our guests and people of the city.

From the luxurious hotel rooms with indulgent facilities, such as double jacuzzi baths and flat screen TV’s, to the amazing regular events hosted within The Garden of Eden, The Shankly delivers something different to each and every guest who enters.

1st autism friendly Liverpool hotel - The Shankly in 2016

The Shankly Hotel was one of the first Autism Friendly hotels in Liverpool and has helped numerous young people’s dreams come true through professional Liverpool apprenticeship placement schemes.

Having recently introduced Signature Live Sessions as well, The Shankly Hotel can now count itself among the numerous live music venues that support Liverpool’s musical heritage.

Showcasing unknown, local Liverpool acts alongside established bands who hail from the city, Signature Live Sessions have given both its guests and residents of Liverpool a chance to see what the Liverpool music scene is all about.

In short, The Shankly Hotel delivers more than just a place to stay, giving back to the city’s economy in so many ways, makes The Shankly so much more than just a hotel.

The Awards Ceremony

In May 2019, an elegant awards ceremony will take place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. One of the city’s most impressive, historic landmarks, the Cathedral’s grand interior provides the perfect backdrop for such a grand ceremony.

Liverpool LEP awards 2016

In previous years the stunning St George’s Hall has hosted the event, welcoming representatives from Liverpool’s shortlisted tourism nominees and this year we won’t be expecting any different.

Liverpool’s finest business owners and their staff will be out in force, dressed to impress in what is expected to be an exciting black-tie event.

We can’t wait to find out if The Shankly Hotel has picked up yet another prestigious industry award, either way, just being nominated let’s us know we’re doing things right.

To book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, or to get more information about our upcoming events, gigs and afternoon teas call 0151 236 0166 or email

The Bastion’s Pastry Chef Wins Apprentice of the Year

Investing in the future

Here at Signature Living we’re dedicated to providing an environment where apprentices can thrive and really develop their core skills. We work in conjunction with a number of local higher educational institutions. Together with The City of Liverpool College we provide young adults with a real life working environment. We are considered to be one of the city’s most exciting accommodation providers across a varying range of sectors. From builders to chefs and receptionists, we offer a wide range of Liverpool apprenticeship opportunities. We’re particularly proud when our apprentices are recognised.

Awards in recognition

This year’s Switch Onto Business awards were particularly exciting as one of our very own apprentices was nominated for the award ‘Apprentice of Year’.

The award set out to recognise an individual under a Liverpool apprenticeship programme who has taken ownership for their personal development. These efforts then leading to a positive impact towards their contribution to the organisation.

We’re delighted to announce that Amy Wilson, an apprentice pastry chef at The Bastion took home the award.  We couldn’t be prouder of her achievements over the past 12+ months.

Kind words form her mentor

Head Chef, Matt Cox said of Amy;

“Amy had just turned 16 years old the month before we opened The Shankly Hotel in August last year. Never having been in a kitchen environment before but knowing this is where she wanted to work. Most importantly she wanted to specialise in pastry. Going from being very timid in the kitchen to running the veg, pastry or larder sections. On occasion all three at once when the kitchen needed it. Amy is innovative, will try anything, experiments, and has lots of great ideas and works as hard as anyone I have ever met. Regularly working extra hours making sure that what she does is the best it can be. Now having signed up to do NVQ Level 3 in pastry at her own expense and in her own time, using up a valuable day off in the process. She is very driven and wants to succeed.

Amy still wouldn’t say boo to a goose but comes into her own as soon as service starts. She takes no prisoners and will do anything it takes to get the job done no matter what stands in her way. Such an exemplary member of the team and there’s always a smile on her face. I would put her up there with one of the best apprentices I have ever worked with in 20 years of catering.”


We’d like to again congratulate Amy on her award and her incredible development since she has been with us at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Amy Wilson Liverpool apprenticeship award