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Solihull


All the latest news, advice and events for the Solihull business community


Contact: Samantha Frampton T: 0121 678 7488


Picking the winners: Chair of the judges Helen Bates and David Thomson


Joel Blake


Awards shortlist reveals outstanding contenders


A string of businesses and young professionals from across Solihull have been shortlisted in Solihull Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 annual awards. The shortlisted firms are vying to win one of


eight sector awards at the online ceremony, taking place from 7pm on 15 October. Headline sponsors for the awards include


Solihull College and University Centre, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Gymshark. Open College Network West Midlands has


chosen to sponsor the award’s digital brochure. One of the sector award winners will also be


named Solihull Chamber Business of the Year, sponsored by 1TcA. Esteemed business leaders judged this year’s


awards, including newly appointed Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber president Joel Blake, former Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce president, Katie Hale, founder of Prescient Business Consulting, David Thomson and employment law and HR solicitor, Neelam Afzal. The judging panel was chaired by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s chief financial officer Helen Bates. She said: “Our judges had a tough time


judging, as everyone was deserving of an accolade. “However consistent winners shone through in


every single category, including the overall Solihull Chamber Business of the Year.”


Those shortlisted include:


Large Business of the Year (Sponsored by Prescient Business Consulting) • Enzen • Evac + Chair


40 CHAMBERLINK October 2020


• MAN Commercial Protection • Sydney Mitchell • Touchwood


Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by Few Marquees)


• Digital Innovators • Gro-Organic • LeapIT • Plum Personnel • Wadsworths Solicitors


Start-up Business of the Year (Sponsored by Gymshark)


• Home Dine • HR Dept Solihull • Magma Legal Services • The Business System People • The Dietologist


Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Claridge Place-Sanders Senior Living)


• Adoption Focus • Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid • SoLo • St Basils


Contribution to the Community (Sponsored by TOA Taxis)


• Eric Lyons • Gro-Organic • Phoebus Software • Solihull Hospital Charity • SoLo


Business Person of the Year (Sponsored by Rational FX)


• Brad and Spencer Parkes from Specsavers Solihull • Kim Hulse from K Hulse Consulting • Meric Bekin from Bistro Viola


Katie Hale


Neelam Afzal


Young Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Evac + Chair)


• Hannah Elsy from Hannah Elsy Productions • Michael Rutherford from ALM Translations


Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Performance Through People)• • Fran Leonard from Arup • Alexandra Sheldon from Phoebus Software • Chloe Osborne from XOServe • Christopher Kennedy from Digital Innovators • Hannah Brown from XOServe


Further sponsorship opportunities are available. To secure your ticket to the online event, or find out more about sponsorship, visit www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/networki ng-events/events-calendar/


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