Shortlist for Solihull Chamber awards revealed

15 September 2017

The shortlist for the inaugural Solihull Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards has been announced.

There are six categories in the awards, which take place on 19 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Those shortlisted are:

Solihull business person of the year award: Samantha Rutter (Open Study College), Mick Westman (Quick Code Labs), Abilgaile Bromfield (Arup) Adam Snelleksz (CMA Video);

Outstanding large business: Hogarths Hotel, Midshire Business Systems and Hilton Birmingham Metropole;

Outstanding small business: Open Study College, CMA Video, Oaks Consultancy and Stickee Technology;

Outstanding start-up business: Indico Street Kitchen and Bar, Guru You, Ex-Forces Recruitment and Limitless Travel;

Outstanding contribution to the community: Hogarths Hotel, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Borroclub and SoLO Life Opportunities;

Outstanding apprentice: Sam Holmes (Quick Code Labs), Samaira Fareed (Quick Code Labs), Katie Pell (Xoserve) and Danny Dempsey (K2 Development).

The awards were judged by Chamber chief operating office Russell Jeans, Steve Allen, head of the Birmingham office of law firm Mills & Reeve, Louise Teboul, operations director of Common Purpose, which runs leadership development programmes, and Rebecca Delmore, group sales director at Five Ways Hospitality, a hotel management company.

Mr Jeans said: “The judges were impressed with the enthusiasm and ambition of those entering the awards. There’s every reason to be optimistic about the future of Solihull when it can rely on such great talent.”

The awards will be hosted by Heart FM presenter Ed James, who has been the voice of station’s breakfast show for the past eight years.

The adopted Brummie is also a huge supporter of the Solihull-based charity Help Harry, Help Others.

Ed said: “I really can’t wait to host the night. The Chamber is really on a roll at the moment and is a massive part of the resurgence of the West Midlands as a powerhouse for business and industry. 

“I’m super excited about joining not only some of the biggest names in the region like Solihull College and Air Telecom but also some of the most exciting and driven business professionals. It’s going to be quite a night!”

Solihull Chamber director Joan Smith said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Ed has agreed to host the Solihull Chamber dinner and awards.

“He is one of the region’s most popular broadcasters and he is sure to add to the excitement on what is already going to be a special night.

“Ed is also a big supporter of Help Harry, Help Others, which, of course, is a charity very close to our hearts.”

Sydney Mitchell, One Design, A2B Radio Cars Ltd, Solihull College and Birmingham City University are also on board as award sponsors for the event. 

A range of sponsorship packages are still available. To find out more, call 0121 607 1772 or email

Pictured (clockwise from rear left): Steve Allen, Russell Jeans, Rebecca Delmore and Louise Teboul


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