Solihull BID


Solihull BID director Melanie Palmer has been invited to join the Solihull Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

Ms Palmer has been Executive Director of the town's Business Improvement District (BID) for three years and was named Solihull Business Person of the Year at the Solihull Chamber of Commerce awards in 2015.

The BID secured a second five-year term in the autumn of 2014 and is now leading a number of town centre schemes including the town centre's first ever Fashion Week, which takes place between Thursday, April 21st and Sunday, April 24th, with appearances by Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke and celebrity hair stylist Andrew Barton.

A BID is a business-funded body formed to improve a defined area, through projects, events, marketing and promotion of businesses. Solihull BID employs five town centre 'hosts' who welcome and guide visitors. They were given additional crime prevention and conflict management training after a proposal to cut police community support officer numbers in the borough was announced.

Ms Palmer joins Solihull College Principal and Solihull Chamber President John Callaghan and Andy Cole, chief executive of Touchwood shopping centre, among others, on the Solihull Chamber Executive Committee.

"Solihull Business Improvement District is the foundation on which we can build an even greater town centre," said Ms Palmer.

"In the past five years we have grown, inspired and innovated, resulting in a reduction in crime, increase in footfall and the introduction of a thriving independents scene.

"I am keen to share that experience with Solihull Chamber and assist in its commitment to supporting the business community of Solihull"

Joan Smith, from Solihull Chamber of Commerce, added "We are delighted to have Mel on our exec committee. She will bring so much to the board and for Solihull Chamber it's al about localism and collaborative working with all our partners for the local business community."