Forty businesses and individuals have been shortlisted for the Solihull Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards, which will be handed out during a glittering ceremony next month. The winners of 10 sector awards will be revealed on the night, with one business going on to be crowned the overall Solihull Business of the Year.


The awards ceremony takes place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Friday 7 October. The host venue is also a headline sponsor for the event, alongside Solihull College and University Centre and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Judging for the awards was chaired by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s chief financial officer Helen Bates. The judging panel included Gymshark non-executive director Steve Hewitt, The FSE Group’s Harriet Saunders, Browne Jacobson partner and Transatlantic Chamber president James Tait and Diamond Travel owner Dr Beverly Lindsay.

Helen Bates said: “Once again, the judges were faced with a difficult task of whittling down some truly outstanding entries for these awards. We look forward to the winners being revealed on what promises to be a memorable night celebrating the best of Solihull.”

The short list companies are:

Excellence in Charity/Third Sector
Heart of England Community Foundation     
St Basils         
Molly Ollys     
Birmingham Dogs Home       

Excellence in Customer Services  
MotorServ UK
Esther Broomhall & Partners

Excellence in Hospitality & Retail  - (Sponsored by Touchwood)
Eric Lyons
Achill Spa       
Be local          
Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Excellence in Professional Services 
(Sponsored by Jask Creative)
Bishop Fleming
Prime Accountants    
The Wilkes Partnership         
Sydney Mitchell         

Excellence in Responsible Business        
Birmingham Business Park   
SH Projects    
The Leadership Coaches      

Rising Star    
Ellen Darlison, Achill Spa      
Stacey Glen, The Glen Health Group Ltd t/a Rolling with The Glen          
Vijay Jogia, Metro Bank    
Tom Bartlett, Hilton Birmingham Metropole                

Excellence in Sales & Marketing   
Visit Knowle   
Crowne Plaza Solihull
Solihull BID    
Solihull Summer Fest

Outstanding Start-Up Business     
All About The Sew     
The Recruitment Duo
Howela Children’s Boutique  
Esther Broomhall & Partners

Excellence in Technology & Innovation   
Phoebus Software     
Jask Creative 

Excellence in Training & Education
 - (Sponsored by runyourfleet)
Digital Innovators       
Metro Bank    
Solihull College & University Centre 
Central Schools Trust