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Chamber reveals awards will go ahead in online bonanza

15 June 2020

Eighty-two companies will be competing next month to be named Greater Birmingham’s top business in the region’s biggest online awards extravaganza.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) awards, normally part of the UK’s largest business dinner at the ICC, will take place online in an evening of drama and entertainment on Thursday, July 23.

Supported by headline sponsors Birmingham City University and HSBC, the free-to-watch ceremony will be hosted on the Chamber’s website where the winners of 12 categories will be named before the overall Business of the Year is revealed.

President Steve Allen (pictured) will also unveil the recipient of his President’s Award. He is also dedicating the evening to raising money for his Presidential charity, which continues to be the Woodlands House Appeal at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

He said: “This is an amazing project and I had no hesitation in nominating it for my first year as president. The ambitious aim is to raise £3 million towards creating a caring environment for parents who are grieving from the loss of their baby”. 

Awards proceedings will begin at 7pm with a welcome from compere  Ed James, the host of Heartfm’s Drive Time Birmingham, followed by GBCC chief executive Paul Faulkner. The awards are expected to close at about 8.30pm.

Entertainment will include appearances from the talented Aston Performing Arts Academy, who have impressed Chamber audiences at the ICC in recent years, and Casey Bailey, a writer, poet and spoken word entertainer with thought-provoking views. Raised in Nechells, Birmingham, he is a secondary school leader.

Mr Faulkner said: “The Chamber’s 2020 Annual Awards and Dinner was originally scheduled to take place on the 19 March, with over 1,400 guests due to attend what has become the largest such business gathering in the country.  With the coronavirus situation rapidly developing at the time, we took the decision to postpone the event in the interests of everybody’s safety.

“After careful consideration, we have now decided to bring the awards ceremony online this year and to proceed with recognising those businesses who put themselves forward for an award earlier in the year, and embody the spirit of enterprise and ambition that is a hallmark of our regional economy.

“While the ceremony will be different from usual, we are embracing the spirit of change and relishing the opportunity to shine a positive spotlight on our regional business community at this difficult time, and I very much hope that people will enjoy tuning into the programme that we have planned on the night.

“The judges had the unenviable task of whittling down the entries to 82 companies, who all deserve recognition because we know that entering awards like this is no small task and we greatly appreciate those who made the considerable effort to take part.

“We also owe a great debt to our supporters and sponsors and I would like to place on record my thanks to them for sticking with us in these difficult times.

“On the evening we will also recognise the challenges the world and indeed the local business community face right now. These can only be overcome if we all work together, shoulder to shoulder. This is an attitude and approach that is very much woven into the Chamber’s DNA, and we look forward to bringing that to the fore on the 23 July.

“And we are already planning for the dinner and awards to return to the ICC next year, with the date of the 2021 Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards being Thursday, April 1.”

The shortlist from which the category winners and the Greater Birmingham Business of the Year (sponsored by SCC) will be crowned is:

Excellence in Contribution to the Community
(Sponsorship available)
Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Canal and River Trust
Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham (CCC-B)
Gateley
Heart of England Community Foundation
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
Shelforce

Excellence in Customer Service
(Sponsorship available)
ACUTEC Limited
Este Medical Group
Hampton Clinic
Pennycuick Collins
Selfridges
South and City College Birmingham
Taylor Herrick Recruitment
Unique Venues Birmingham

Excellence in Hospitality
(Sponsorship available)
Caviar & Chips
Edgbaston Stadium
Malmaison
Millennium Point Charitable Trust
Moor Hall Hotel & Spa
The Barn at Berryfields
The Ivy Temple Row
Unique Venues Birmingham

Excellence in Retail
(Sponsorship available)
Newlife - the Charity for Disabled Children
Selfridges
Touchwood

Excellence in International Business
(Sponsored by Andalucia)
AFL Architects
Excitation Engineering Services Ltd
Moflash Signalling
Solus Ceramics
University of Birmingham

Excellence in Manufacturing

(Sponsored by Crowe))
Advanced Engineering UK Ltd
Cameron-Price Ltd
Evac+Chair International
LGDavis
Power Minerals Ltd

Excellence in Responsible Business
(Sponsored by Birmingham Business School at University of Birmingham)
Conference Aston
Ecuity Consulting LLP
Edgbaston Stadium
First Mile
Keytracker Ltd
National Express
NEC Group
Newlife - the Charity for Disabled Children

Excellence in People Development
(Sponsored by Aston University)
Curium Solutions Limited
Entec Si Ltd
Gro-Organic CIC
Intercity Technology Ltd
Sabre Jetting Services Ltd
Shelforce
Taylor Herrick Recruitment
The Alexandra

Excellence in Sales & Marketing
(Sponsored by O2)

Cognition Agency
Este Medical Group
Gateley
Lightbox Digital
Notepad
Reeves PR
Services for Education
The Alexandra

Excellence in Technology & Innovation
(Sponsored by METCloud)
Birmingham City University
Coinadrink Limited
Crown Highways
First Mile
Sales-i
Sorion Electronics Ltd
TerraQuest Solutions Ltd
Unique IQ Ltd

Excellence in Training & Education
(Sponsorship available)
Birmingham City University
BMet College
NEC Group
Open Study College
Oxbridge

Excellence in Third Sector
(South and City College Birmingham)
Black Country Living Museum
Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands
Common Unity
Family Society Adoption Focus
Gro-Organic CIC
Millennium Point Charitable Trust
Suited for Success
University Hospitals Birmingham Charity

The judging panel, chaired by the Chamber’s chief financial officer Helen Bates, included McDonald’s franchisee Douglas Wright, Burton Albion’s commercial director Fleur Robinson, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Manufacturing Community chair Johnathan Dudley and Eileen Schofield, who is principal at Schofield & Associates and a director of Birmingham Law Society.

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  • To check out the remaining sponsorship opportunities, contact the Chamber’s sponsorship and advertising manager Russell Ashman on 07376 603027 or email r.ashman@birmingham-chamber.com 
  • More sponsorship information is available here.

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