23 October 2017
The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) annual dinner and awards, which takes place on 2 December.
There are three businesses shortlisted for each of the seven categories, which include ‘Outstanding People Development’, ‘Outstanding Small Business of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Large Business of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Start-up Business of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Business Woman of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Customer Service of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Society’.
The final category is Overall Business of the Year - sponsored by Birmingham Airport - which will be chosen from the winners of other categories.
Other sponsors are: BCU (‘Outstanding Small Business of the Year); Mazars (‘Outstanding Large Business of the Year’); Rational FX (‘Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year’), South & City College Birmingham (Outstanding People Development) and West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets (‘Outstanding Contribution to Society’).
This year’s event – which celebrates ABCC’s 30th anniversary - has been moved to a larger hall at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, after organisers anticipated a huge demand for tickets.
The event has also adopted Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham as its chosen charity.
Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodation to 66 families with children under treatment at the nearby Birmingham Children’s Hospital, enabling them to stay together close to the hospital and maintain a degree of normal family life.
Those shortlisted for the awards are:
Outstanding People Development
Beacon Organisational Development
Hotel du Vin
Outstanding Small Business of the Year
Kingsland Business Recovery
Motorserv UK Solihull
Outstanding Large Business of the Year
Al Rayan Bank
ISA Support Services
Elster Metering Ltd (part of Honeywell Smart Energy UK)
‘Outstanding Start-up Business of the Year’
Fireflies Nursery Ltd
Outstanding Business Woman of the Year
Angela Bir (Park Hall Hotel)
Raj Tutt (Resolve Legal)
Sukhi Johal (RSM)
Outstanding Contribution to Society
Aspire Supported Living CIC
Birmingham Rathbone Society
Chase Terrace Technology College
Outstanding Customer Service of the Year
Blakes Restaurant and Cocktail
Hotel du Vin
Sabai Sabai Restaurant Group
ABCC president Saqib Bhatti said: “I am absolutely astounded by the quality of applications that came through this year.
"Judging for these awards was not an easy task and it all goes to show the talent and quality of business people and business out there in the West Midlands."
Chairman of judges and Chamber chief operating officer Russell Jeans added: "The judges were hugely impressed by the quality of applications once again, demonstrating the vibrancy and positivity of business enterprise in the region."
Pictured (from left): Kavita Parmar (Word360 Language Services), Russell Jeans, Reshma Sheikh (Octavian Security), Saqib Bhatti, and Mandy Haque (Birmingham Airport)