BUSINESSES across Solihull are being called on to put themselves forward for a top award.
The Solihull Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony is set to return on October 7 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.
Award organisers say 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 Council, and Solihull College and University Centre are headline sponsors of this year’s event.
Samantha Frampton, head of Solihull Chamber, said: “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.”
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.”
This year’s 10 category for the Solihull awards include:
• Excellence in Charity/Third Sector
• Excellence in Customer Services
• Excellence in Hospitality & Retail
• Excellence in Professional Services
• Excellence in Responsible Business
• Solihull’s Rising Star
• Excellence in Sales and Marketing
• Solihull’s Outstanding Start-Up Business
• Excellence in Technology & Innovation
• Excellence in Training and Education
A business will also be crowned as Solihull’s Business of the Year.
Closing dates for entries is August 5 and application can be found here.