31 January 2022
A record 92 businesses will be chasing excellence at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards on Friday, 4 March.
The local business community will gather at the ICC in Birmingham next month to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in the last year.
This will be the first time the event, one of the largest business occasions in the UK, will have been held live for two years.
Judging this year’s awards were Colin Barker, senior trade commissioner, Canadian High Commission, Aftab Chughtai MBE, senior managing partner, Aftabs, Gurmit Kler, director of business engagement, University of Birmingham, Beverly Lindsay OBE, founder and general manager, Diamond Travel, Michal Nowinski, highways engineer, Arup, Eileen Schofield, founder and principal solicitor, Schofield & Associates, Ruth Todd CBE, chief commercial officer, HS2, Howard Trotter, business manager, Shelforce and Stuart Watson, managing director, Leap IT.
Chamber chief commercial officer Katrina Cooke, who chaired the judges, said: “The judges faced a mammoth task this year and we’re so grateful for the time they took to assess all entries in detail.
“The standard of entries was again high with a number of previous winners and entrants joining the competition to be honoured on 4 March. We also thank the huge number of the companies who took the time to complete entries.”
The shortlisted businesses will go head-to-head to claim one of 12 sector awards, before finding out who will be crowned as the overall Business of the Year.
The shortlisted are:
Excellence in Contribution to the Community (sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau)
Excellence in Customer Service
Excellence in Hospitality & Retail
Excellence in International Business
Excellence in Manufacturing (sponsored by Schumacher Packaging)
Excellence in People Development
Excellence in Responsible Business
Excellence in Sales & Marketing
Excellence in Sustainability
Excellence in Technology & Innovation (sponsored by Aston University)
Excellence in Third Sector (sponsored by Unity Trust Bank)
Excellence in Training & Education (sponsored by SGS UK)
Greater Birmingham Business of the Year (sponsored by Crowe)
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