Sir Doug Ellis OBE Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Inaugural Birmingham Awards
The Birmingham Awards co-founders were honoured to host Sir Douglas ‘Doug’ Ellis OBE at the inaugural awards ceremony, where the entrepreneur was humbled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The eclectic audience was left transfixed by the former chairman of Aston Villa Football Club’s anecdotal stories, by which he shared some touching and personal insights into his long life.
2015 was a fantastic year for Brum and it truly has ended with a bang. Billed as one of the biggest events of the year, Birmingham Awards in association with Big Johns did not disappoint!
The Prestigious black tie event which took place on Friday 27th of November at the Edgbaston Stadium left audiences full to the brim with appreciation for Brum, as the city’s people came together in full force to join finalists, sponsors, ambassadors and judges in a night of levity and entertainment.
The Birmingham Awards is the first of its kind to encompass a plethora of different categories celebrating everything from the best bars, restaurant and club to small businesses, the best individual business man and woman of the year, best independent retailer and best blogger, to name a few.
Entertainment on the night included live music from the house band Elements of Song and the comedic smarts of Patrick Monahan and all female dhol group Eternal Tall. As well as antics from hosts DJ Dan Kelly and Raaj Shamji who left attendees tickled with their great humour and brilliant chemistry.
There was a buzz amongst guests as the winners were finally revealed to eager audiences. Big Winners included Selfridges who took the award for ‘Retailer of the Year.’ Eloquent Praise Dance Academy who won the ‘Art & Culture’ award, Grand Central, who took home ‘Excellence in Architectural Design,’ Sabai Sabai who took home ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and Spearhead Compliance Training who won ‘Business of the Year.
in association with Big Johns and local charity partner LoveBrum, the event was a glamorous affair, with Special guests including BBC’s The Apprentice candidates Gary Poulton and David Stevenson, BBC WM’s Sunny and Shay, a special video message of thanks from Jasper Carrot, who picked up ‘Brummie of the Year’ and Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis, who was honoured on the night, with the esteemed ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’
After the ceremony, guests loosened their ties and let down their hair for the kickin’ After Party where host Dan Kelly showed off his DJ skills.
The Birmingham Awards was a night to remember for guests and winners alike. Celebrating the city’s people and their achievements –the beating heart of Birmingham. The ceremony was also a social media Success and was Trending third on Twitter on the evening.
Birmingham Award Co-Founders Anita & Ifraz said: “The Birmingham community have come together to celebrate the great achievers of peers and colleagues for this awards.
“The positive response as been overwhelming and Birmingham finest joined us for this event.
“We are still receiving great feedback and we look forward to the year ahead.
“A big thank you to our main sponsors Big John’s and support by Edgbaston stadium, Irwin Mitchell, Birmingham City College, Hollywood Monster, Grand Central, Birmingham City University, South City College, Jas Sansi Photography, RUS Chartered Accountants, Hotel Latour, Birmingham City Council, JM Security, Subway and Henry Wong Harborne. Also our ambassadors including TAG Network Midlands, Miss England, Hollywood Monster, Punch Records, Ping Productions, Element of Song, The Business Growth Show and Headz Up Business.
“Also Thank you to our Events and PR Management Delicious PR and Prepared PR, our Wi-Fi partner for the evening Vibrant Network and our media print partners Dluxe Magazine and Gem Magazine.
“And a special thank-you to our judges Genelle Aldred, Tim Andrews, Lilith Hunt-Sheppard and Sacha Brooks.”
A huge congratulations to the winners. We look forward to seeing you again next year for Birmingham Awards 2016!
The full list of winners of the Birmingham Awards 2015 include:
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Sabai Sabai (Thai Restaurant)
BAR/PUB OF THE YEAR
The Bubble Lounge (Hotel du Vin)
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
ART & CULTURE AWARD
Eloquent Praise (Dance Academy)
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Spearhead Compliance Training
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR
Peter Murtha (Co-Founder Mr McQueen & Optima)
BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Kirsty Davies-Chinnock (Managing Director – Professional Polishing Services Ltd)
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer
Dwarf Sports Association UK
YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
Joshua Williams (Model)
VENUE OF THE YEAR
Evolve (Helping Children)
BLOG/BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Full to the Brum (Laura Creaven)
CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis
INNOVATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
BRUMMIE OF THE YEAR