Town centre businesses get chance to shine as Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

Organisers of the showpiece Solihull BID Excellence Awards have revealed the creative companies and talented trainees shortlisted for this year’s honours.

More than 100 entries were received for the annual celebration and judges are now going through the process of interviewing each shortlisted candidate or business.

The awards ceremony aims to recognise the outstanding businesses large and small that make Solihull an exciting place to live and work.

It takes place on Thursday 22nd November at the St Johns Hotel on Warwick Road, and will be hosted by ITV Central newsreader Sameena Ali-Khan.

This year’s awards features seven categories: Best Customer Service, Outstanding Team, Innovation & Enterprise, Best Hospitality & Leisure, Best Community Social Responsibility Project, Best Apprentice/Trainee and Best Independent.

Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) organises the Excellence Awards and Executive Director Melanie Palmer said companies and employees should be proud to be shortlisted.

“Once again we have received outstanding applications and the judges are finding it harder each year to select a winner from the breadth of stunning talent they see,” said Ms Palmer.

“I am so proud to be able to shout about the wealth of talent, vision and fresh ideas that we have in the two square miles of excellence that is Solihull town centre.”

The awards are sponsored by Touchwood, Solihull College & University Centre, Phoebus Software and BNP Paribas.

The Excellence Awards judges are: Eileen Schofield, Schofield & Associates, David Bradnock, MBE JP DL FBHI, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Paul Brown, Director Ernst & Young LLP, David Colcombe, Consultant Chef Director & Visiting Professor UCB, Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive of the ATCM and Stacey Barnfield, Director, Edwin Ellis Creative Media.

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Shortlisted Businesses:

* Best Customer Service

Turtle Bay
Krispy Kreme
Slug & Lettuce
New Look

* Outstanding Team

Solihull Community Housing
Specsavers – Laboratory Team
Affordable Warmth Solutions
Thursfields Solicitors
BUPA Health

* Innovation & Enterprise

Neal’s Yard Remedies
Phoebus Software
Jet Environmental

* Best Hospitality & Leisure

The White Swan
Yates Solihull
The Core Theatre
Crowne Plaza

* Best Community Social Responsibility Project

Mountain Warehouse
Specsavers 25 in 25
Quality Solicitors Davisons
John Lewis
BNP Paribas

* Best Apprentice/Trainee

Lauran Whitehouse – Alexander James Solihull
Tom Marigold – John Lewis
Taylor Mullins – BNP Paribas
Kiran Kaur – Specsavers
Katarzyna Gawalko – Café Nero
Maddie Jayes – Specsavers
Donna Walker – New Look
Mathew Oakley – Phoebus Software

* Best Independent

Liv’s Furnishings
Tap & Tandoor
Margaret Whittaker Physiotherapist
Perspective Opticians