A respected Worcestershire solicitor has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the popular Bewdley Festival.
Peter Hill, legal consultant at law firm MFG Solicitors, has been recognised as a Business Champion by business-focussed charity Arts & Business for his commitment and dedication towards the town’s annual 10-day arts festival.
The award was presented to Mr Hill through the Jaguar Land Rover-backed community campaign which aims to highlight the support professionals within the private sector give to the arts and the local community.
MFG Solicitors has been supporting the Bewdley Festival since it began in 1989 – giving free legal advice, financial support and sponsorship – with Mr Hill playing a key role as a patron and festival member.
Mr Hill, 66, said: “I am extremely honoured to be a 2013 Business Champion and feel very proud to have been recognised for my involvement with an event which continues to do so much for Bewdley.
“The volunteers behind Bewdley Festival have made so many remarkable achievements since 1991. Not only has the festival helped support the local economy by bringing people into the town, but they have attracted some amazing people and personalities who have helped Bewdley to host some truly memorable events.
“I am proud to be part of the festival committee and along with my colleagues at MFG Solicitors, look forward to making a contribution for some years to come.”
Roger Key, chairman of the Bewdley Festival, added: “Arts & Business organised the recent ceremony to say thank you to those people who have helped arts organisations continue to thrive.
“Over the years Peter and colleagues at MFG Solicitors have been a constant beacon of support for the Bewdley Festival and have played an important role in its growth and popularity. Peter has been a marvellous ambassador and we are immensely grateful for his unflagging support – that’s why we nominated him as our business champion.”
Mr Key said that there are a number of opportunities for local businesses to support the 2013 Bewdley Festival through sponsorships and donations.
He added: “We are now well into the organisation of this year’s festival which promises to be packed full of events taking place at locations around the town.
“We hope to attract more volunteers and some household names again this year and are actively bringing on-board sponsors for what will be our 26th year.”
17 people from the West Midlands business community were awarded for their outstanding contribution to the arts at the Jaguar Land Rover Business Champions for Arts & Business event which was held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 22 March.