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Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) reveals 2023 awards shortlist

Eighty-three organisations will be vying for glory at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards next month.

The shortlist has been revealed ahead of the region’s biggest celebration of business, which is taking place at the ICC in Birmingham on Thursday 16 March.

Twelve sector awards are to be handed out on the night – with one of the category winners going on to be crowned overall Greater Birmingham Business of the Year (sponsored by Crowe).

A high-profile judging panel – chaired by the GBCC’s chief commercial officer Katrina Cooke – included:

  • Alex Claridge – chef-patron of The Wilderness restaurant
  • Yetunde Dania – partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlin and chair of WMCA Race Equality Taskforce
  • David Jackson – centre manager of McArthurGlenDesigner Outlet West Midlands
  • Yiannis Maos MBE CEO and founder of Birmingham Tech CIC
  • Dr Nik Kotecha OBE – entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Steve Allen – partner at law firm Mills & Reeve and past president of the GBCC
  • Carmen Watson – chair of recruitment agency Pertemps Network Group
  • Rosie Ginday MBE – founder and managing director of Miss Macaroon CIC
  • Professor Geoff Thompson MBE DL – vice-chairman of Birmingham 2022
  • Tani Dulay – CEO of real estate developer Woodbourne Group
  • Cllr Brigid Jones deputy leader of Birmingham City Council

Katrina Cooke (pictured) said:

“The judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries for this year’s awards, which reflect the breadth, diversity and talent of businesses across the region.

“We would like to thank panel for taking the time to review the applications. We also commend the huge number of companies who took the time to complete entries.

“Congratulations to all those who are nominated and we look forward to celebrating at the ICC on the night.”

The GBCC annual dinner and awards is backed by headline sponsors Birmingham City University and Schumacher Packaging and headline partner Birmingham City Council.

Find out more information on tickets and remaining sponsorship opportunities.

The shortlist in full:

Excellence in Contribution to the Community – sponsored by runyourfleet
Arrive Alive
BCRS Business Loans
BMet College
Crown Highways
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
Satori House Ltd
Unity Trust Bank
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Birmingham Airport
Coinadrink Ltd
FAZ Chartered Accountants
Intercity Technology
MotorServ UK
National Express Ltd
Park Regis Birmingham
Prime Accountants Group
The Recruitment Duo

Excellence in Hospitality & Retail
Douglas Wright (T/A McDonald’s)
Eric Lyons Splendid foods
KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar
Malmaison Birmingham
Moor Hall Hotel & Spa
Selfridges & Co
The Eastside Rooms
Unique Venues Birmingham

Excellence in International Business – sponsored by Gowling WLG
Dains Accountants Limited
Y International UK Ltd

Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by University of Birmingham
Evac+Chair International Ltd
Hardy Signs Ltd
Webster and Horsfall & Latch and Batchelor

Excellence in People Development – sponsored by GuruYou
Deutsche Bank (DB)
EiB Group Ltd
Entec Si
Evenfields Careers
Fleet Evolution
Freeths LLP
Intercity Technology

Excellence in Responsible Business – sponsored by Aston University
Kindred CSR
Serco Restart Scheme
Unity Trust Bank

Excellence in Sales & Marketing
Ark Media Productions
EiB Group Ltd
Millennium Point
Park Regis Birmingham
Visit Knowle

Excellence in Sustainability – sponsored by South & City College Birmingham
Birmingham City University
Birmingham County Football Association
Jacobs UK
Lloyds Banking Group
Moor Hall Hotel & Spa
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Tyseley Energy Park (TEP)

Excellence in Technology & Innovation – sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management
HR Duo
Jacobs UK
Swof Media

Excellence in Third Sector – sponsored by Unity Trust Bank
B:Music Ltd
Heart of England Community Foundation
Molly Ollys
Solihull Moors Foundation
Sport 4 Life UK
The Jericho Foundation
University of Birmingham
YMCA Sutton Coldfield

Excellence in Training & Education – sponsored by University College Birmingham
All About The Sew
Auctus Management Group
BMet College
Little Bird People Development/Little Chicks Life Lessons
Novo Training

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