27 September 2019
In the run up to the Solihull Annual Dinner and Awards, Solihull Chamber of Commerce's weekly newsletter takes a closer look at the shortlisted candidates.
Today’s candidates are those shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award, sponsored by Telephone Europe.
Headline sponsors of the event include Douglas Wright T/A McDonald’s, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Solihull College and University Centre.
Tickets are now sold out.
Those shortlisted are:
Hogarths Hotel Solihull
Hogarths Hotel, located on Four Ashes Road in Dorridge, is a family-run business with a plethora of connections with the local Solihull community.
The hotel has been involved with a number of projects, events and local initiatives, including hosting school visits for students to gain insight into business and the hospitality sector, supplied a senior staff member to take part in the Young Enterprise business competition and supports catering students at Solihull College.
In addition, the hotel provides Year 10 students with work placements, attends approximately 15 careers fayres, has provided 12 places for apprentices, taken part in Business and Professional services week, taken part in mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street’s, One Million Mentors programmes and supported several charities – including Help Harry Help Others, MacMillan and Blue Cross.
Solihull Business Improvement District (BID), which supports and promotes town centre businesses, has championed a number of initiatives to continue to support the thriving town centre of Solihull.
The BID’s Safe and Secure campaign introduced Town Hosts and Evening Guardians to provide a reassuring presence across the town centre. These initiatives have improved safety throughout the day, boosted the evening economy at night.
The organisation’s events programme has also boosted footfall and consumer spending, with events and festivals being hosted in the town centre furthering enhancing the town’s reputation as a top destination for visitors.
The BID have also staged its first Solihull Business Expo, showcasing local small and start-up businesses, have rolled out a crime reporting platform and have worked hard to address rough sleeping and begging.
Solihull Moors FC say that they are a proud, inclusive, community football club.
The Moors have offered more than 40 hours of schools coaching and 150 places at their holiday camps every school holiday for children aged 6-13 years old.
They also have a number of football and education programmes which develop 16 to 21 year olds, manage 60 players in a growing and unrivalled disability section, and have youth and junior teams which facilitate more than 1,000 children aged between 4 and 16 to play football every week.
They also provide six hours of free weekly football coaching sessions in the community.
Moors are continuing to grow their community and school networks, and have begun an employment programme for young people with disabilities.
Solihull Specsavers Ltd
Based on High Street in Solihull town centre, opticians Solihull Specsavers turned 25 in 2018 and in order to celebrate, supported 25 local good causes.
Each month the organisation would select two causes to support and patients would decide where the money was donated via a “supermarket-style” token deposit box, with each token being worth 25p from each eye test fee.
Specsavers conducts in excess of 400 tests per week. The campaign helped to raise profile, cash and awareness for several good causes within and outside of the practice.
The success of the campaign has spurred other Specsavers across the country to take part in similar campaigns, with four shops already lined up.
Alongside this, the opticians continue to pledge their support to other local activities such as Solihull Carnival, Solihull Festival and Dorridge Day.
Shopping centre Touchwood has evolved its community links and engagements considerably in the past year.
The centre has linked up with Cure Leukaemia and ran an extensive programme of fundraising events including the construction of a 9-hole mini golf course within Touchwood. For every budding golfer that takes part, the centre donates £1 to Cure Leukaemia.
Touchwood has hosted a number of different events across the year including Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Birmingham Thyagaraja Festival, which took place for the first time at the The Core Theatre housed in the centre and is set to host their first ever Diwali celebrations.
Touchwood has also worked with Solihull BID, Solihull Business Intelligence Forums, the Tourism Forum, the Crime Reduction Forum, the Homelessness Taskforce in order to to make a contribution to the overall and continued enhancement of Solihull.
To listen to what the shortlisted candidates have to say, listen to Solihull Radio's podcast below