BRINGING children businesses and charities together has seen a staff member at Balsall Common Primary School honoured with a British Empire Medal.
Howard Rose has been given the accolade for services to education.
Speaking to The Observer about his BEM Howard said: “I sat in stunned silence when I opened the letter. I couldn’t believe it.
“I am over the moon to have been nominated.”
Since joining the school in 2012 as a director of funding and publicity Howard has arranged for businesses like Jaguar Land Rover and Monarch Airlines to give pupils a look behind the scenes at work.
He has also teamed up with charities including Age UK Solihull and encouraged the children with £5 in their pocket to come up with money-making ideas to raise funds for the elderly in the borough.
He added: “I hope this inspires the children, not only to decide what path they could go down as a career choice but also to learn as they can see what they are learning can be used in the work place.”
Howard has also been crowned the winner of the Solihull Observer and Marriott Forest of Arden Six of the Best Business Person Awards for his work.
Prior to joining the school Howard had spent 20 years working first in finance as a mortgage advisor and manager and later as a freelance property developer.