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Villa back Chamber online awards

01 July 2020

Aston Villa are to be headline sponsors of the region’s biggest business online awards ceremony taking place this month.

The football club are lining up alongside Birmingham City University (BCU) and HSBC to support   the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) virtual awards, normally attended by 1,400 guests at the ICC. Because of the Covid-19 lockdown, the event will take place online in an evening of drama and entertainment on Thursday, July 23.

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

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.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “I am delighted that Villa have come on board alongside HSBC and BCU as headline sponsors of our digital awards. The event is shaping up to be a fitting celebration of our remarkably resilient business community and it is wonderful that Villa have stepped forward as an iconic local organisation with a global following to support the Chamber and the awards.

“The club is woven into the fabric of Birmingham, with a long held and passionate focus on its civic role in the city, and we’re obviously also cheering them on as they conclude their Premier League campaign over the course of the coming month.” 

Nicola Ibbetson, chief commercial officer at Aston Villa Football Club, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring an event which holds such prestige in the regions business calendar, and we admire the fantastic work the Chamber of Commerce does to support and grow local businesses.

“Birmingham is an amazing city, so it’s great to be involved with an event that celebrates the businesses that make Birmingham the city it is.

“As a Birmingham-based business ourselves, we work closely with a number of other local businesses and always look to support where we can. We have worked particularly closely with Aston University, Purity Brewing Co and Luke1977 as official partners recently.

“In addition to this, Erdington-based Guard Industry have been our Principal Women’s team partner during their successful 19/20 Championship season, winning the league with an unbeaten record to earn promotion to the Women’s Super League.

“This support has been especially important during the current pandemic. Thankfully we’ve been in a position to help the local community through a number of different initiatives and it has been great to see everyone working together to get through these difficult times.”

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.

Chamber president Steve Allen 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.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting the Chamber’s sponsorship and advertising manager Russell Ashman on 07376 603027 or email r.ashman@birmingham-chamber.com

Remaining award categories that can be sponsored include:

Excellence in Contribution to the Community

Excellence in Customer Service

Excellence in Hospitality

Excellence in Retail

Excellence in Training and Education

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