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Stars shine at Solihull BID Excellence Awards

 

An outstanding apprentice with ‘a passion and thirst for knowledge’ was among the many winners at the first-ever Solihull BID Excellence awards ceremony. From dedicated and talented young employees to companies showing real creativity, the Solihull Business District (BID) awards celebrated all that’s great about the town centre.

The gala event, compered by TV newsreader Suzanne Virdee, was held at the St Johns Hotel in the town centre and attended by more than 600 people on Thursday, November 19th.

Dignitaries included the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, and Baroness Lorely Burt of Solihull.

Solihull Council employee Shaun Dumigan was named Apprentice of the Year after showing a ‘passion and thirst for knowledge’, according to his mentor Angela Roberts. Shaun, aged 21, a customer services adviser in the council’s contact centre, said: “I’m passionate about business service and I love helping the public.

“Before getting this job I wanted to be in the police and saw this as a stepping stone to get there, but now I’ve found my position within the council I just want to keep working here.

“It’s a real team effort at the council and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.”

The Delhi and sister restaurant Panchuli were named Best Independent, while Touchwood centre restaurant Giraffe won the Best Hospitality and Leisure award. Prime Accountants won the Innovation and Enterprise category while Cineworld  employee Lori Henebury scooped the Marketing Excellence award.

Best Customer Service category was picked up by Tina Hindoctcha of L’Occitane and a special BID Director’s Award was a joint prize between the Hair Salon Graham Lovsey that has been on Station Road since 1957, and environmental consultant Ecuity.

The BID Excellence Awards were sponsored by Birmingham Airport, JM Bailey, Touchwood, National Grid, Mell Square and Solihull College. BID executive director Melanie Palmer feels the awards show the ‘sense of pride and camaraderie’ among Solihull town centre businesses.

“It’s been wonderful to see companies nominating employees and teams that they are proud of, or other businesses that they admire and respect.

“There is a tangible sense of community amongst Solihull town centre businesses and these awards are bringing that to the surface,” she added.

 

Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2015 winners in full:

Best Independent: The Delhi.

Customer Service: Tina Hindoctcha, L’Occitane.

Marketing Excellence: Lori Henebury, Cineworld.

Hospitality and Leisure: Giraffe.

Innovation and Enterprise: Prime Accountants.

Apprentice: Shaun Dumigam, Solihull Council.

BID Director’s Award: Joint winners - Graham Lovsey and Ecuity.

To see all the official photos from Thursday's event, please click here!

 

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