Solihull Excellence Awards 2016 Finalists
Organisers of the annual Solihull Excellence Awards have revealed the talented apprentices and inspirational leaders shortlisted for this year’s honours.
We are delighted to announce that Wallace Robinson & Morgan have made it to the finals in two categories – Outstanding Team of 2016 (our Plot Sales team) and Trainee of the Year (Anna Hobbs).
More than 90 entries were received for the annual celebration with judges describing this year’s standard as ‘exceptional’.
Each of the shortlisted people and organisations have been interviewed by the judging panel to decide who picks up a prestigious award.
Solihull Business Improvement District (BID)
Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) organises the Excellence Awards and its Executive Director, Melanie Palmer, said: “This is the second year of the Excellence Awards and the judges tell me it was an extremely tough process with the standard of entry so high.
“It has been wonderful to see companies nominating employees and teams that they are proud of, or other businesses they admire and respect.”
David Bradnock MBE, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands, and Paul Brown, Director, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young LLP were two of the judges.
David Bradnock said, “With an exceptional quality of applications from all sectors, the sifting process proved to be a real challenge to identify those that should move to the interview stage. The final judging will be equally difficult.”
Paul Brown added: “We had a fantastic response this year with applications from a broad group of businesses. This is a really good reflection of the quality and innovative businesses that exist in the Solihull BID area.”
We were delighted when both our Wallace Robinson & Morgan nominations were selected by the judging panel for the finalist short-list.
The interview stage was a challenging process but we are keeping everything crossed for a postive result when the winners are announced in November.
Outstanding team of 2016 – our plot sales team?
The Wallace Robinson & Morgan Plot Sales team has been set up specifically to handle the commercial conveyancing transactions for one of our major clients, a Birmingham based property developer.
Led by Paul Hughes, one of the firm’s senior directors, the majority of the Plot Sales project work is done by our three Trainee Solicitors, Anna Hobbs, Louise Dalton, Liaquat Malik and our two Property Paralegals Charlotte Judd and Maria Duffy.
They have worked very hard to develop their legal expertise to meet the needs of this specific project and work together to handle all the legal aspects for the sale of a huge number of apartments.
The team is currently dealing with 9 large developments of converted or newly built apartments at various locations in Birmingham, the wider West Midlands area and across the country.
This year alone the team has exchanged contracts on approximately 800 apartments with this figure expected to more than double by the end of the year.
They understand for team work to be effective they need to all work in a well organised and highly efficient manner.
It is this teamwork that has earned them a nomination and a place in the finals for Outstanding Team of 2016 at the Solihull BID Excellence Awards.
Anna – trainee of the year?
Anna Hobbs, has also made the finals as Solihull BID’s Trainee of the Year.
Anna showed great potential when she was still at school and came into the office to do work experience and temping during her school holidays.
She joined us full-time in 2012 as an assistant in the Practice Management team.
The firm identified her as a real talent for the future and offered her a training contract in 2014, so she is now a trainee solicitor with the firm.
As Anna is studying for her LPC qualification (and has just completed her GDL) part-time, mostly in her own free time, her training period will take a total of 4 years before she qualifies as a solicitor.
This shows the level of commitment she has to her studies, her legal training and her career.
Anna is by no means a typical trainee. She is different from most other trainee solicitors as she has seen the reality of practice before studying the theory.
She brings a different take on the learning process, stating her aim as, “to know WRM inside out, from office management, client care, administration through to the legal matters in every department within the firm. I’d like to use this fairly unique viewpoint to help take the firm forward into the future with all the challenges that holds”.
We have no doubt she will achieve this.
Winners to be announced in November
The awards ceremony, which takes place on 17th November at the St Johns Hotel and will be hosted by popular ITV Central newsreader Sameena Ali-Khan.
It aims to recognise the outstanding businesses large and small that make Solihull an exciting place to live and work.