20 October 2017
The Open Study College were the big winners at the inaugural Solihull Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards.
The college claimed the overall Outstanding Business of the Year prize, as well as the title of Outstanding Small Business, while chief operating officer Samantha Rutter was named as Outstanding Business Person of the Year.
The college was founded ten years ago, and Samantha is credited as a person who has transformed distance learning.
The Open Study College is based at Birmingham Business Park, as is sister business Wiggles & Giggles Day Nursery. The latter was established earlier this year as a childcare facility for those working at the business park and surrounding areas.
The college has seen substantial growth during the last five years, during which it has also seen a huge rise in student numbers. This growth has in turn led to the college almost doubling its workforce.
The college is typically used by women in the 18–38 age group and those looking to switch careers.
Other winners of the awards categories were: Midshire Business Systems (outstanding large business); Limitless Travel (outstanding start-up business); SoLO Life Opportunities (outstanding contribution to the community); and Katie Pell of Xoserve (outstanding apprentice).
Chairman of judges and Chamber chief operating officer Russell Jeans said: “Open Study College provided an excellent evidence based application, clearly demonstrating its exceptionally strong growth over the last few years.
“All-in-all, a great business and a very worthy winner of this these awards.”
The awards were hosted by Heart FM presenter Ed James.
Sydney Mitchell, One Design, A2B Radio Cars Ltd, Solihull College, Birmingham City University and the Greater Birmingham Chambers International Business Hub were on board as award sponsors of the event, which took place last night at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Pictured: The winners from the awards ceremony