A COUPLE from Solihull have won two National Business Awards – ‘Best app and website’ and ‘Best business response to the crisis (micro businesses & start-ups)’.
Graham and Marianne launched Home Dine Solihull last year, a website and app that helps promote local businesses within the local community.
After the couple’s wedding was cancelled due to Covid restrictions, they decided to use their wedding fund to help businesses and the local community at a time when they needed it most.
The platform currently has more than 100 local businesses and also features over 200 miles of circular walks around Solihull.
All of the walks feature independent pit-stops, such as pubs and cafes, and are designed to encourage people to explore their local area and discover and support local businesses.
“The walks have featured on BBC News and more than 50,000 people have enjoyed them and discovered new independent businesses and supported them along the way,” said Graham.
“The platform is not just a local directory, you can also sign-up to receive discounts of up to 25 per cent at all the independents featured.
“The digital subscription service has been recently featured in The Sunday Times and is proving very popular with local residents.”
Marianne added: “We’ve both worked tirelessly alongside our full time jobs in the last year to create home dine and help elevate the work the independents in Solihull are doing.
“What’s kept us going are the messages of thanks from the businesses we work with for the new customers home dine attracts and the local community for keeping them active and fulfilled during lockdown.”
The UK Business Awards is a national event which is normally held in London, but due to restrictions it was online this year and attended by over 300 people.
For more details visit www.home-dine.co.uk