4 Judges, 1 Pre-Party & 23 Days to Go

4 Judges, 1 Pre-Party & 23 Days to Go

From left: Dan Kelly, Susan Birdy, Ifraz, Anita (Co-Founders of Birmingham Awards) & Raaj Shamji

From left: Dan Kelly, Suzanne Virdee, (Ifraz and Anita Co-Founders of Birmingham Awards) & Raaj Shamji

The pre-party for the inaugural Birmingham Awards Dinner, in association with Big John’s, has left a buzz in the air with finalists feeling the excitement in the run-up to the awards.

Held last night at Birmingham’s Hotel La Tour, there was a fantastic atmosphere amongst guests, with hosts DJ Dan Kelly and Raaj Shamji leaving attendees tickled with their great humour and brilliant chemistry. The invite-only event was a complete success and set the tone for the awards night, with finalists coming out in full force to join sponsors, ambassadors and judges in a night of levity and entertainment. To view all the photos from last night’s event, please visit the following links:

A big thank you also to the judges Tim Andrews, Genelle Aldred, Lilith Hunt-Sheppard and Sacha Brooks and all shortlisted nominees who attended interviews on Monday as part of the judging stage.

Billed as one of the events of the year, tickets for the Birmingham Awards Dinner have sold out. The strictly black tie event will be held at the city’s Edgbaston Stadium on November 27 and will celebrate the best of Birmingham.

The event has become the talk of town with a host of leading businesses coming on-board. These include main sponsors Big John’s and supported by Edgbaston stadium, Irwin Mitchell, South and City College, Hollywood Monster, Grand Central, Birmingham City University and Henry Wong Harborne to name a few. Gem Magazine and Dlux magazine have also been added as the event’s print media partners.

Glitz and glamour will be provided by a host of live performers including youngsters from the Aston Performing Arts. The event will conclude with an after party hosted by local DJ Dan Kelly.

The awards are the first of their kind to encompass lots 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.

Two special awards have been earmarked at the event, these being Brummie of the Year and a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anita Chumber, one of the founders of the concept said the event will be a night to remember. “We are overwhelmed at the response we have had with nominations and the support that we have received from businesses that have come on-board. An event which celebrates the achievements of the people of Birmingham, the night is building up as a huge success.”

As well as recognising their contribution, the Birmingham Awards will be raising money for LoveBrum, a charity which invests in grassroots.