03 October 2016
The shortlist for this year’s Solihull Chamber annual awards lunch on 7 October has been unveiled.
Heading the list of seven categories is ‘Solihull Business Person of the Year’, sponsored by Arup, and the winner will be either Robert Elliott, group general manager of Hogarths, or Howard Rose, funding and publicity manager of Balsall Common Primary School.
The awards includes two other categories aimed at businesses, which are: ‘Small Business of the Year (up to 50 employees)’; and ‘Best Use of Innovation’; sponsored by Solihull Chamber.
Shortlisted for the former are: FLR Group, CMA Video, Motorserv-UK, and Sipsey Lingerie; and for the latter it is Plum Personnel and Worktaster.
The four individual award categories are: ‘Young Achiever’, sponsored by The Wilkes Partnership; ‘Outstanding Employee’, sponsored by Birmingham Airport; ‘Career Development’, sponsored by Solihull College & University Centre; and ‘Customer Care’, sponsored by Flybe.
‘Young Achiever’: Stacey Elphick (Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport); Annabelle Jenkins (Hogarths); Neil Brooks (UK Power Reserve); and Jack Buck (CMA Video).
‘Outstanding Employee’: Esme Rafter (Adlington Ltd); Mike Atherton (Touchwood); and Emma Chetwynd Jarvis (Rock Power Connections).
‘Career Development’: Ellie Beattie (Hogarths); Emily Baker (Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport); and Karl Roberts (Mobile Freight Services).
‘Customer Care’: Ruby Khan (Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport); Lucy Brown (Hogarths); and Eileen Fegan (Solihull Heath Check Clinic).
Solihull Chamber director Joan Smith (pictured) said: “The high calibre of nominations this year has proved difficult for the judges to make their final decision and in some cases there has been only one point between the winner and second place.
“This is a very exciting event with a great feel good factor to it. It gives our members the opportunity to nominate their employees for an award in recognition for their hard work, commitment and achievements throughout the year.”
Overall sponsor of the awards, the 13th, is Midshire.
The awards start at noon on 7 October, and tickets are £25 + VAT for members and £35 + VAT for non-members.