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Winners of the 2018 Solihull BID Excellence Awards revealed

Sarah Mason 27th Nov, 2018

OUTSTANDING employees and innovative companies were given their moment in the spotlight at the Solihull BID Excellence Awards.

The awards shine a light on the up-and-coming town centre trainees and businesses leading innovation and customer service in a variety of sectors including retail, leisure, professional services, banking, technology and charity.

Winners celebrated in style as they were announced by newsreader Sameena Ali-Khan.

The event was attended by the deputy Mayor of Solihull, Coun Stuart Davis, the leader of Solihull council, Coun Bob Sleigh, and chief executive of Solihull Council, Nick Page.

The awards featured a performance from Sing Solihull, the town centre business community’s very own choir.

This year’s awards featured eight categories: Best Customer Service, Outstanding Team, Innovation and Enterprise, Best Hospitality and Leisure, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project, Best Apprentice, Best Trainee and Best Independent.

Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) organises the Excellence Awards.

Director, Melanie Palmer, said: “The Excellence Awards continue to go from strength to strength and have become an annual celebration and showcase for the breadth of talent and innovation in Solihull town centre.

“We have an unrivalled two square miles of success in the town centre and these awards provide the perfect opportunity to show the rest of the region why Solihull is simply the best.”

The Excellence Awards judges were: Eileen Schofield, Schofield and Associates; David Bradnock, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands; Paul Brown, director at Ernst and Young LLP; David Colcombe, consultant chef director and visiting Professor UCB; Ojay McDonald, chief executive of the ATCM and Stacey Barnfield, director at Edwin Ellis Creative Media.

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Awards 2018 Winners:


Customer Service

Winner – New Look

Outstanding Team

Winner – Thursfields Solicitor

Highly Commended – Specsavers

Innovation and Enterprise

Winner – Phoebus Software

Highly Commended – Neal’s Yard Remedies

Hospitality and Leisure

Winner – White Swan

Highly Commended – The Core Theatre

Corporate Social Responsibility Project

Winner – Specsavers 25 in 25

Highly Commended – John Lewis

Highly Commended – PNP Paribas

Best Apprentice

Winner – Taylor Mullins (BNP Paribas)

Highly Commended – Lauran Whitehouse (Alexander James Solihull)

Highly Commended – Tom Marigold (John Lewis)

Best Trainee

Winner – Kiran Kaur (Specsavers)

Highly Commended – Maddie Jayes (Specsavers)

Highly Commended – Katarzyna Gawalko (Caffé Nero)

Best Independent

Winner – Tap and Tandoor

Highly Commended – Perspective Opticians

Highly Commended – Liv’s

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