LOGISTICS boss Jane Weaver has been named Solihull Chamber’s ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the organisation’s annual awards.
Chamber director Jane Jackson said that Ms Weaver’s involvement with her business, AYS Logistics, was “the classic story of PA to becoming the owner of the business.”
Jane joined AYS in 2001 and just 18 months later became the owner of the business after it was put up for sale.
Ms Jackson said: “She saw the purchase as a way of providing security and financial advancement and a focus in life.
“She took inspiration from other businesswomen and educated herself in legalities and business structure.
“Through contacts she secured investment and bought the business with a group of stakeholders. These shareholders were gradually bought out over the years until the point where she is now the sole owner.”
In the past 12 years Ms Weaver has grown the business from a small courier firm to a large logistics company, which has relocated to new warehouse premises at Monkspath.
The ‘Business Person of the Year’ award was sponsored by Ove Arup. Other awards during the event at St John’s Hotel in Solihull included one for ‘Special Recognition’, which went to Mark Sutton of Laker BMS Ltd for saving the life of an elderly woman when he was working at her home.
He sprang into action when she collapsed and swallowed her tongue.
He said: “Knowing I was the right person at the right time for the old lady is reward enough.
“I’m happy that I’d had first aid training and noticed that when this lady collapsed, that something else was wrong.
“In fact she had swallowed her tongue, which I was able to un-hook and get her airway free again before placing her in the recovery position. Seeing her a day or two later was again reward itself.”
Other winners in this year’s awards included Abigail Bartram from Solihull Life Opportunities, who was named ‘Aspiring Newcomer’, while the ‘Customer Care’ category, sponsored by Flybe, was won by Sarah Fletcher from Mansell Construction and winner of the NEC Group sponsored ‘Career Development’ award was Beccy Wilkes from Solihull College.
The ‘Young Achiever’ award, sponsored by Touchwood Shopping Centre, went to Jwerea Malik from Birse Ltd and ‘Outstanding Employee’, sponsored by St John’s Hotel, was won by Ranjit Samrai from the Sixth From College Solihull.