Solihull BID Chairman and Prime Accountants Director Kevin Johns has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours list for his contribution to the borough.
Kevin has held the position of Solihull BID Chairman since 2016, helping secure its future for another five years and encouraging interaction between professional service businesses and the organisation.
A popular figure in the town centre business community, the 53-year-old has spearheaded Prime’s growth across Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry, and has played a key role in a number of organisations in Solihull over the past 20 years.
In 2017, he was elected president of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce, proving instrumental in shaping the structure of the chamber’s team as part of his two-year term. Having stepped down from the figurehead role, he is still actively involved as part of the executive committee.
Prime’s fundraising efforts have seen the company raise tens of thousands of pounds to charities such as Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Kevin said: “It’s a great honour and very humbling to be awarded a BEM. It’s certainly not something I was expecting and it was a huge shock when I received the letter.
“I’ve been involved in lots of groups and clubs in Solihull over the years and I have only ever wanted to do my best to help the town shine.
“In terms of Prime, we have made a major commitment to Solihull with our offices in Homer Road and we see our long-term future here continuing to be a prosperous one.
“Prime is a business integrated within the local business community. We appreciate that as a business the size we are, we can have a positive effect on the local business community and the whole organisation is committed to doing so.
“One of the main reasons I have been able to do so much work for Solihull is due to the support given to me by the team at Prime.
“The business provides me with so much support to help implement plans or embrace BID events. To work with a team which is always so happy to embrace the local business community and support my external work really is fantastic.
“Over the years, we’ve done all sorts of weird and wonderful things to raise money for charity – one which particularly stands out is bouncing on space hoppers for 13 miles from our Solihull office to the Hatton Arms.
“That particular madcap idea raised around £2,000 for SoLO – as well as giving us all bad backs!”
As well as his work in the business community, Kevin is a keen rugby union fan and has devoted many hours to his role as chairman of Silhillians RFC, in Knowle, helping to develop the club’s future and promoting participation in the sport.
Kevin is set to receive his honour at a regional ceremony before attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace later in the year.