As 2017 draws to a close, we look back on what has been a fantastic year for Solihull.
The first half of the year saw us launch our Destination Style Solihull fashion event with a 3D Body Scanner helping shoppers find their ideal body shape and boosting their confidence.
In July we brought you the Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival, on the 14th -16th July. We joined our popular Jazz festival with Birmingham to create an even bigger and better event, bringing you Jazz music, street food, entertainment and a bar.
We also saw the arrival of The Big Sleuth to Solihull Town Centre. The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, is a trail of individually designed sculptures appearing throughout the Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield’s areas that will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital. Solihull have 6 bears, the largest amount outside of Birmingham City Centre, Grandpa Bear (sponsored by Solihull BID), Build A Bear (sponsored by Solihull BID), Flower Bear (sponsored by Mell Square), I Just Wanna Be Your Teddy Bear (sponsored by Touchwood), The Gas Street Bearsin (sponsored by Solihull College & University Centre) and The Sun Bear-neath The Sea (Sponsored by National Grid). The Big Sleuth Trail finished on the 17th September and the bears will be auctioned in October to raise funds for Birmingham Childrens' Hospital.
The Solihull Food & Drink Festival at the end of September and beginning of October saw demonstrations from the much loved celebrity chef with a big bike and big heart, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and CBeebies ‘I Can Cook’ star Katy Ashworth.
The innovative Ale Trail complete with designer mini pint glass and dedicated trail of our local bars finest swigs was a huge success.
This free event encompassed all of the Town centre with over 60 foodie stalls and bars, a live demo kitchen in Mell Square, a dedicated Kids Area with a bubbleoglogist, activities and facepainting from Solihull College and University Centre, dance and drama workshops and even an appearance from the Mens Team of Solihull Moors!
We hosted our Excellence Awards Evening for the third year running on Thursday 23rd November. An evening of food, entertainment and drinks, we joined with over 400 local employees to celebrate the success of all of our Solihull businesses.
Throughout all of the campaigns we have benefited from the support of many businesses within the BID area – both consumer and business to business, as well as our partners Solihull Council and West Midlands Police. They have contributed ideas, time, staff, offers and many other kinds of support to enable the BID to create powerful and compelling marketing and promotional campaigns that are shaping a bolder, more vibrant brand and reputation for Solihull that reflects the town’s character, atmosphere and potential.