Birmingham, October 18, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Soho Road Business Improvement District (BID) receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of their work in Birmingham. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. It is the MBE for voluntary groups.
Business Improvement Districts are business led partnerships which are created through a ballot process to deliver additional services to local businesses.
They can be a powerful tool for directly involving businesses in activities and allow the business community and local authorities to work together to improve the local trading environment.
Soho Road, Holyhead Road and Soho Hill are managed by Soho Road BID. The aim of Soho Road BID is to improve the image, business interest and appeal of Soho Road.
To be nominated for a Queen’s Award, a recipient should do work that provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community, is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it and is run locally.
The Soho Road BID Team were handed the award in a formal ceremony at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Chairman of Soho Road BID, Bob Balu speaking at the ceremony “We believe we are the first Business Improvement District in the UK to achieve this accolade.”
Shabana Mahmood MP “I am very proud to represent the ward managed by Soho Road BID. I congratulate them on their immense achievement in being recognised for The Queen’s Award. You have made the community proud.”
Rakesh Soni, Soho Road BID Manager “I feel immense pride for the Soho Road BID achieving this accolade today, being with the team since 2013, I’ve seen first hand all the efforts everyone has put in, from all the volunteer Board Directors of the BID, all students from the locals schools and colleges, the businesses/organisations and the local residents of our community. This award being received today is for all of them.”
Anjum Khan, Director of Asian Business Chamber of Commerce shared her best wishes to the BID ‘Many congratulations to Soho Road BID in winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Its great Soho Road BID have been recognised for their dedicated time to support their local community during times of rapid change and unprecedented challenges. The Queen’s Award is thoroughly well deserved.”
Commenting on the award, Handsworth’s very own Kash ‘the flash’ Gill, four times World Kickboxing Champion “It’s great for Handsworth to be put on the National map as there so many individuals and groups doing some amazing work and finally seeing B21 getting some positive feedback makes me proud.”
Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, Debra Cadman OBE “I am delighted to see Soho Road BID receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Soho Road BID has worked closely with people living in the local community to ensure businesses can meet their needs.”
Khalid Mahmood MP “I congratulate Soho Road BID on winning The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It demonstrates the value the BID has to the local community. I encourage the BID to continue their hard work in promoting the district.”
Westside BID Manager Mike Olley who heads up one of the most successful Business Improvement Districts in the UK said of the recognition “This is not an easy award to win. People should not underestimate the significance of this award. The Members, Directors, the City of Birmingham and the region should be very proud of what Soho Road BID has achieved.”
Ninder Johal DL, CEO of Nachural, present at the Hippodrome “Every successful society involves people going beyond what is expected of them. It is therefore appropriate that people who put in their own time for the benefit of their communities are duly recognised. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the real pinnacle of such recognition.”
Congratulations to all recipients. Their selfless duty benefits immeasurable numbers of people in our region. The volunteers represent the very best of us and their stories, work and can do spirit is inspiring. It was an honour to be present today and see each of them recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and saluted by the West Midlands Lieutenancy.