TEA AND CAKE was on hand as the Mayor of Solihull met with members of the borough who received honours from the Queen this summer.
Coun Glenis Slater invited Stephen Goldstein, Carol Burke, Nicola Turner, Patrick Wing JP and Ian O’Donnell to a special tea party at the Mayor’s Parlour of Solihull Council’s Civic Suite in honour of their awards.
Among the invited was Stephen Goldstein who received a CBE for his services to business – especially UK/Israeli trade relations- and service to the West Midlands community.
The founder of the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party charity – which provides fun and educational days out to disabled local children – was also recognised for the role he played in offering affordable space to start-up businesses in setting up the ‘Big Peg’ centre.
Also receiving a CBE was Governer at Eversfield School and Businesswoman of the Year 2014, Carol Burke.
Ms Burke, who is also the managing director of Unipart Manufacturing and advocate for women in business, was recognised for her services to Engineering.
Nicola Turner was also in attendance following her MBE for services to higher education and graduate employability.
The Aston University graduate and founder of regional recruitment service, Graduate Advantage, has helped thousands of students – many from disadvantaged backgrounds – raise their aspirations and launch successful and rewarding careers.
Regional chairman for Warwickshire & Coventry of the Federation of Small Businesses, Ian O’Donnell, also received an MBE for services to the economy and West Midlands community.
After starting Real Point Design in Hampton in Arden in 1995, Mr O’Donnell has worked to help develop small local businesses and also runs a youth club at his Lapworth church in his free time.
Knowle resident, Patrick Wing JP, was also honoured with an MBE for his services to the community in Solihull and Birmingham following his work to develop and improve the area.
A vital member of the Balsall Heath Forum and committee member of the St Paul’s Community Development Trust, Mr Wing helps promote education and life-long learning in the area.
Following the event Solihull Mayor Glenis Slater said: “It’s wonderful to meet all these people who have given so much to their communities and to the area.
“All of them do brilliant, unheralded work and this is a lovely opportunity to celebrate it.”