16 October 2020
A training provider which helps young people develop key skills to fulfil their career ambitions has been named as Solihull Business of the Year (sponsored by 1TcA).
Digital Innovators was crowned the overall winner of the awards and the Solihull Outstanding Small Business of the Year award, sponsored by Fews Marquees, at the virtual Solihull Chamber annual awards extravaganza.
Compered by Touchwood’s general manager Tony Elvin, the awards were beamed live from Chamber House in Edgbaston to hundreds of businesses across Solihull.
Digital Innovators were presented with the coveted accolade live, by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner, who delivered the news and the award in-person.
Digital Innovators, founded by Mick Westman (pictured), work with a number of educational and public sector bodies across Birmingham and Solihull, providing training and education courses to young people to help them develop their digital, work-ready skills.
In the last year, the business has expanded its client base considerably, including securing a contract with the West Midlands Combined Authority to train 300 young people not in education, employment or training.
Digital Innovators now support more than 500 young people aged between 14 and 25 in the West Midlands.
Helen Bates, chair of the judging panel for the awards, said: “Digital Innovators showed a strong and clear vision, creating positive impacts for the local economy and the individuals they work with, as well as being a profitable business.
“Digital Innovators has grown in recent years to support over 500 young people aged 14 to 25, many of whom are not in education, employment or training, helping them achieve their potential by tapping into their innate digital skills and providing alternative pathways to employment. They work in partnership with local businesses creating highly employable young people who are sought after by employers.”
Other businesses which took home accolades included:
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year
(Sponsored by Performance through People)
Fran Leonard, from Arup and Alexandra Sheldon from Phoebus Software
Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year
(Sponsored by Evac + Chair)
Hannah Elsy, Hannah Elsy Productions
Outstanding Business Person of the Year
(Sponsored by RationalFX)
Brad and Spencer Parkes, Specsavers Solihull
Outstanding Charity of the Year
(Sponsored by Claridge Place - Sanders Senior Living)
Outstanding Contribution to Community
(Sponsored by TOA Taxis)
Outstanding Start-Up Business of the Year
(Sponsored by Gymshark)
Outstanding Large Business of the Year
(Sponsored by Prescient Business Consulting)
The awards were sponsored by Solihull College and University Centre, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Gymshark and Touchwood.
The event’s digital awards brochure was sponsored by Open College Network West Midlands.