02 September 2020
Daniel Nikolla, marketing manager at Hardy Signs, has been crowned the the Future Face of Sales, Marketing and Communication, sponsored by Elonex, at Future Faces annual awards.
He was named one of 11 winners at the event, alongside disability rights activist, Shani Dhanda, who was named as the overall Future Face of Greater Birmingham award winner, and has been awarded a fully funded MBA from sponsor Aston University, as well as winning the Future Face of Charity and Social Enterprise.
The online ceremony was beamed from Chamber House in Edgbaston and hosted by Heart Drivetime presenter Gemma Hill.
Headline sponsors for the event were Aston University and Finpoint Business Finance Hub, while entertainment was provided by musical group Elegant Entertainment.
Mr Nikolla was born in Tirana, Albania and moved to London in 2013. He relocated to the Midlands to join Hardy Signs in 2018 as a marketing executive and was promoted to his current position at the beginning of 2020.
Daniel has picked up other awards for his work as Student Union president at City and Islington College in London and his student activism with the National Union of Students UK.
The judging panel said: ‘’Daniel was awarded for launching a new marketing strategy based on digital transformation and content marketing for Hardy Signs. He has had a huge impact on sales for the company.’’
This year’s awards were judged by award-winning business coach Justice Williams MBE, Aston University’s Mark Smith, Louise Teboul of Common Purpose, Nathan Dennis from Legacy Consultants, SF Recruitment chief executive Saira Demmer and the 2019 Future Face of Greater Birmingham, Daniel Alcorn.
Other winners of this year’s awards were:
Future Faces Ambassador Award
(Sponsored by Common Purpose)
Edwin Ladd – Mr Ladd Media
Future Faces Apprentice of the Year
(Sponsored by Birmingham & Solihull Training Provider Network)
Taylor Rooke - Updates Media
Future Face of Arts and Culture
(Sponsored by Andalucía Tourism Board)
Casey Bailey - Baileys Rap and Poetry
Future Face of Charity and Social Enterprise
(Sponsored by Inspired Energy)
Shani Dhanda - Asian Woman Festival
Future Face of Entrepreneurship
(Sponsored by SCC)
Kasim Choudhry - Thinkfest Limited
Future Face of Finance
(Sponsored by Wesleyan)
Jo Drinkwater - Grant McKnight
Future Face of Industry
(Sponsored by RSM)
Michal Nowinski - Arup
Future Face of Legal
(Sponsored by Schofield & Associates)
James Farmer - Cornwall Street Barristers
Future Face of Public Sector and Education
(Sponsored by Open College Network West Midlands)
Dr Islam Issa - Birmingham City University
Future Face of Technology and Innovation
(Sponsored by Office Angels)
Tom Goodman - University of Birmingham
To relive the awards, watch the event again here