Excellence Awards 2022

An evening of celebration, the Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2022 will showcase Solihull's thriving business community

Solihull BID Excellence Awards Sponsors

The Solihull Excellence awards are relaunched this year celebrating the passion, vision, innovation, and outstanding hard work from the businesses and their teams working within Solihull Town Centre.

We are immensely proud of our two square miles of success and the inspirational people who make it work. Be part of the success story, submit your applications, and book your seats, it will be the event of 2022!

Categories:

- THE JOHN CALLAGHAN AWARD - YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR
- BEST INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
- BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
- OUTSTANDING TEAM OF 2022
- HOSPITALITY & LEISURE VENUE OF THE YEAR
- OUTSTANDING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT
- OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOWN CENTRE

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Applications for this year's awards are now open! You have until Friday, September 9th to share your company's success stories

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Tickets are priced at £40+VAT each and includes a 3 course dinner, drinks on table, live entertainment and the awards presentation. The Awards represent the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is good about Solihull with your fellow businesses.

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Meet the Judges

The awards judging panel has the difficult job of whittling down all of the entries to shortlists before ultimately deciding who our winners are. Meet our select group below

Paul Brown

Director, EY

Paul is a Director for EY and leads the Government Services team at EY in the Midlands. He has extensive knowledge of the public sector is a strong advocate of service excellence and value for money regarding public service delivery. His experience includes Performance Improvement, Commercial excellence, Business Process Outsourcing and Organisational change.

Paul has an extensive working network across a variety of industries in the Midlands and at a national level, in particular local and central Government, including MPs, Ministers and Secretaries of State.

Eileen Schofield

Principal Solicitor, Schofield & Associates

Eileen was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in England and Wales in 2000, she now runs her own award winning Law Firm, a niche commercial and employment law firm which she set up in 2009.

Eileen sits on the Council of Birmingham Law Society as wells as the International Committee and Employment Law Committee.

Eileen is the Vice President of the Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce, an organisation which facilitates business between the US and the UK.
Eileen is a founding member and Chair of The West Midlands Irish Business Group in association with the Irish Government. The group collaborates with and supports businesses in and around the West Midlands region to facilitate networking and business opportunities.

Mark Rogers

Chief Executive, Leadership Centre

Mark has extensive leadership experience across education, local and national government. He has been a teacher and head teacher in a variety of special schools between 1985 and 2001. Subsequently, in local government, he became a Director of Children’s Services (Solihull 2006-09) and twice a Chief Executive (Solihull 2007-14 and Birmingham 2014-17).

Following 15 months of consultancy work with KPMG and CollaborateCIC, in June 2018 Mark became Director General for Children, Young People, Education and Skills for the Government of Jersey. In January 2022, Mark moved back to Solihull to become Chief Executive of the Leadership Centre and to give more time to the Care Leaver Covenant whose advisory board he has chaired since its inception in 2018.

Oli Hills

CEO, Nonsensical

Oli is CEO of TikTok marketing agency, Nonsensical. They specialise in helping brands get started on TikTok through to creating content that just works on the platform. They have developed an innovative solution called TikTok on Demand which connects brands with a number of engaging presenters who can turn around content from a brief in just a few hours. Nonsensical also owns and operates a number of its own communities such as Endless Mythology (280k), Endless Pride (210k) and Birmingham Updates (800k).

Alethea Fuller

Deputy Chief Executive, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Alethea the Deputy Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands, and one of the most senior black women in policing governance.

Her background and extensive experience lies in local government, police governance and accountability, strategic policy development, commissioning and their legislative frameworks. Her current role includes assisting the PCC in holding the Chief Constable to account, fostering collaboration and partnership activity with statutory and voluntary bodies across the West Midlands – both regionally and nationally, and leading and managing an effective and efficient office.

She graduated from University of Birmingham with a Master’s Degree in Public Management and Leadership, her passion lies in community and voluntary sector involvement and co-production in the work that impacts hugely on the communities that we serve that brings ideas, people and inspiration to life.

Alethea is also a Director for the Coventry Caribbean Association Limited, a Trustee of the Finham Multi Academy Trust, and a Trustee for the Heart of England Community Foundation, having been a school governor for 10 years and a Chair of governors for 5 years.

2019's winners

Here is the roll of honour from the 2019 Solihull BID Excellence Awards

Outstanding Young Person

Alexandra Sheldon (Phoebus Software)

Best Customer Service

Specsavers Opticians

Best Independent

Jamaya

Outstanding Innovation & Enterprise

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Outstanding Team

Cancer Research

Best Hospitality & Leisure

Asha’s

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Project

Phoebus Software