Region’s businesses chase Chamber awards glory

Standing (Left to Right) James White, Anisa Haghdadi and Russell Jeans, Seated (Left to Right) Jo Nurse and Joel Blake

A record number of companies are chasing glory in the awards to be presented at the sell-out Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) dinner on Thursday, 19 April.

So great was the number of entries that the shortlists have been extended. The Business of the Year, sponsored by National Express, will be selected from all categories and announced at the event at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Russell Jeans, chairman of the judges and chief operating officer at the GBCC, said: “We were delighted to receive such a large number of entries which demonstrates the huge diversity of businesses in our region.

“The high number of entries in the Contributing to the Community category also shows how important businesses regard their responsibilities to their workforce and the community in which they operate. We greatly look forward to celebrating their success on April 19.

“The judges commented on the high standard of entries and the Chamber thanks them for their care and enthusiasm in tackling what became a huge task.”

HSBC, Birmingham City University and Elonex are headline sponsors of the dinner and awards.

The judging panel was: Russell Jeans, chair; Anisa Haghdadi, Beatfreeks; James White, Right Time Recruitment; Jo Nurse, Virgin Trains; and Joel Blake, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Shortlisted companies;

Excellence in Contributing to the Community (sponsored by B&M Waste Services)

Acorns Children’s Hospice

Auriga Services

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham St Mary’s

Cure Leukaemia

Services for Education

SIFA Fireside


Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by South & City College Birmingham)

ACUTEC Limited


Conference Aston

CV Library

eSpares via Connect Distribution Service Ltd

Go Ape Cannock

Open Study College

Wealth Design Group


Excellence in Hospitality (sponsorship available)

Audley Group

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust


Conference Aston

Dallas Burston Polo Club


Millennium Point

The Belfry Hotel & Resort


Excellence in International Business (sponsored by Arup)

Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd

AFL Architects

Celsium Powered by Brunel

International Synergies Limited

Mills & Reeve LLP

Moflash Signalling

University of Birmingham

Y International UK Ltd


Excellence in Manufacturing (sponsored by Universal Document Solutions Ltd)

Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd

Biolite Technologies Ltd

Bromford Industries

KEP Print Group

Rotospa Ltd


Excellence in People Development (sponsored by West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association)


Amey plc

Common Purpose

Curium Solutions



Sport Birmingham

Trowers & Hamlins LLP


Excellence in Sales & Marketing (sponsored by Scholars School System)

Birmingham City Football Club

Curium Solutions

CV Library

Infinity IT Solutions

KMB Shipping Group


Selfridges Birmingham

The Belfry Hotel & Resort


Excellence in Technology & Innovation (sponsored by JACOBS) 

ACUTEC Limited

AFL Architects

Crown Highways

Indestructible Paint Ltd

Managed Enterprise Technologies Ltd

Omni Cyber Security

PLANit Global



Excellence in Training & Education (sponsored by Wesleyan)

Aston University

Common Purpose

Key Stages Online Ltd

Millennium Point

National College for High Speed Rail

Oxbridge Home Learning

Services for Education

Titan Partnership Ltd


  • Look out for more details on the shortlisted companies in ChamberlinkDaily over the next few weeks. To subscribe for the daily news bulletin go to the GBCC website ( and follow the Latest News links.