Businesses across Solihull can now apply for the chance to be recognised in the Solihull Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony, returning this October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.

This year’s awards will take place on Friday 7 October from 6pm at the flagship hotel who became patrons of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

The four-star hotel underwent an ambitious refurbishment in January and is equipped with comfortable rooms and suites and multiple dining venues, including The Arbor restaurant and the 24-hour Gild Lounge & Bar.

The event promises to welcome over 500 attendees and several high-profile guests and is intent on recognising those businesses who have gone above and beyond for the borough and their sectors. Hilton Metropole, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, and Solihull College & University Centre are headline sponsors of this year’s event.

This year’s 10 category awards include:  

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Charity/Third Sector

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Customer Services

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Hospitality & Retail

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Responsible Business

·         Solihull’s Rising Star

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Sales & Marketing

·         Solihull’s Outstanding Start-Up Business

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Technology & Innovation

·         Solihull’s Award for Excellence in Training & Education       

One business will also be crowned as Solihull’s Business of the Year.

Samantha Frampton, head of Solihull Chamber, said: “We are beyond excited to launch the Solihull Chamber’s Annual Awards and are equally as thrilled to be able to host the event in partnership with new Chamber patrons at the beautiful venue of the Hilton Metropole.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Hilton Metropole, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Solihull College & University Centre for sponsoring our awards and for their continued support of the Chamber and our network. We are hoping that this year’s awards will be even bigger than the last and I would urge businesses to fill in their applications and put themselves in the running to be recognised as a leading figure in our borough’s business community.

“In addition to the dinner and awards we will also be fundraising on the night for our chosen charity, Solo Life Opportunities (SoLO). We hope to be able to provide them with the vital funds needed to expand their changing areas for those whose personal care needs cannot be met with mainstream bathrooms and refresh the accommodation at their base in Chelmsley Wood.”

Rebecca Gater, principal of Solihull College & University Centre, said: “The College would like to thank Solihull Chamber for yet again organising this unique opportunity to recognise and showcase the achievements of local businesses and their employees, who have demonstrated resilience and dynamism over the past 18 months and continue to support our strong Solihull economy.

“The awards highlight the efforts that local organisations have made to diversify, adapt and support our local communities through recent challenges and also reflect the talent that we have in Solihull, including our young stars of the future.

“I look forward to the ceremony in October and encourage businesses to take part, not only to celebrate their own success, but to collectively celebrate the fantastic work that goes on in Solihull.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “The Solihull Chamber of Commerce Awards is a fantastic opportunity for Solihull businesses to have their achievements recognised by their peers.  The awards showcase the best of the borough businesses and provides the evidence as to why the local economy remains so strong despite the buffeting of recent years.

“The various Awards categories give our local entrepreneurs the chance to shine a light on their successful products and services, their workforce as well as to pointing to the rising young stars of the future, I hope as many businesses as possible make a submission.

“I’m really looking forward to the ceremony in October and the chance to meet chamber members and celebrate another year of business success in Solihull.”