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Enthusiastic employees and creative companies will be honoured at this year’s Solihull BID Excellence Awards.

From talented young apprentices to businesses showing smart management and innovative thinking, the Solihull Business District (BID) awards celebrate all that’s great about the town centre.

The red-carpet event, which last year was attended by more than 390 guests, will be held at the St Johns Hotel on November 23.

Entries are now being invited for each of the categories by visiting www.solihullbid.co.uk.

This year’s Excellence Awards are being sponsored by BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Phoebus Software, Touchwood, IM Properties, Solihull College & University Centre, and the Solihull Observer.

Last year’s winners include Megan Troth of Xoserve, who was named Best Apprentice 2016 after being described as ‘the best, hands-down’, by her supervisor.

Anna Hobbs of Wallace Robinson & Morgan was crowned Best Trainee.

Karen Chapman of St Alphege School picked up the award for Best Customer Service. The award for Outstanding Innovation & Enterprise went to TP3 Global for their pioneering work in the pharmaceuticals industry and Holiday Inn Solihull picked up the Best Hospitality & Leisure award.

Touchwood jewellery retailer Fabulous Collections was named Best Independent, while recruitment agency Kate & Co was named Outstanding Team.

Solihull BID Director Melanie Palmer describes the awards as ‘a success story for Solihull’.

Jayne Licari, Brand, PR and External Communications Manager for BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “BNP Paribas Personal Finance and Solihull are great places to work and even though we’re part of a global operation, we always want to retain our best staff locally, and for them to enjoy the company spirit and personality.

“The Solihull Excellence Awards are a perfect reflection of this and we’re delighted to be involved.”

Richard Pike, Phoebus Software’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Recognition of staff is hugely important to any successful business striving to achieve excellence.

“In recognising employees that go the extra mile, businesses not only motivate the employees themselves, but such recognition will also drive a culture of success on a larger scale throughout a business, irrespective of size.

“As a company that offers a graduate programme we see the benefit of these types of employees by way of a regular annual intake of enthusiastic, motivated staff. 

“The Solihull Excellence awards are an excellent way of acknowledging both businesses and individuals that go that extra mile and PSL is delighted to be involved by sponsoring the event.”

Visit www.solihullbid.co.uk or the Solihull Observer website for updates.