SQUIBBLE SUPPORTS the 5th BIRMINGHAM AWARDS

Now in its 5th year, Birmingham Awards is striving in recognising & celebrating the ingenious & visionary people & organisations of Birmingham.  If you or someone you know deserves one of these coveted awards, then be sure to get your nomination in before 20th September 2019!

The Birmingham Awards has become the city’s ‘must-attend’ event when it comes to recognising individuals & organisations for their amazing contribution to our city. We will shine a light on all those who make this vibrant, colourful, unique city what it is. The awards will be judged by a panel of independent judges from around Birmingham with a voting segment during the shortlist stage.

Kimberley Leary Director of Squibble said: “Our city boasts some of the most iconic landmarks, successful businesses and highly driven individuals. That’s why I am so proud that Squibble can be part of the Birmingham Awards. It is an honour to sit alongside so many thriving companies, that are either striving to deliver a remarkable service or developing truly innovative products. Team Squibble is looking forward to celebrating with all the finalists at what promises to be an unforgettable evening. Champagne glasses at the ready…."

Spanning 21 categories that cover everything from catering to art to education and more, there is an award for almost everything, but the only way to win one is to get nominated! So, get nominating let’s see who will be joining previous winners. Send in your nomination by visiting:

https://www.birminghamawards.co.uk/nominate/ now!

The black-tie award ceremony will take place Saturday 9th November 2019 at the Library of Birmingham

We hope to see you there!

To get in touch see the contact information below:

anita@birminghamawards.co.uk

0121 667 3945


Oxbridge Sponsor ‘Young Achiever’ Category at the Birmingham Awards

Award-winning distance learning college Oxbridge are delighted to announce their sponsorship of this year’s Birmingham Awards, which recognises the ongoing contributions of individuals from across the Birmingham region.

The sponsorship is part of Oxbridge’s ongoing commitment to lifelong learning, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and the creation of opportunities that visibly impact community growth and drive the region’s economy forward.

Having received the ‘Small Business of the Year’ award at the Birmingham Awards in 2018, Oxbridge’s founder, Matt Jones, was proud to sponsor passionate up-and-coming stars in the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ category, which acknowledges the achievers of tomorrow who have shown dedication and passion in their chosen endeavour.

The award celebrates those who possess the ideas, drive and determination to succeed in the long term, having overcome barriers to achieve their vision, whilst engaging in ongoing personal development during their pursuit.

We approached an enthusiastic Matt for a comment. He said: “The Birmingham Awards is a superb evening for like-minded individuals to come together and celebrate some of the region’s best and most exciting business talent.

“Oxbridge were sitting in these very seats last year with our fingers crossed. We know how it feels to be on the edge of your seat, but there’s no better feeling, especially when your name is called out for an award. If you’ve been shortlisted for an award, then you’ve already made an incredible impact to Birmingham you should be happy about.

“Everyone at Birmingham Awards are highly supportive, too. They understand the barriers individuals overcome to achieve success in today’s challenging climate, and all finalists should be proud of their achievement, you’re celebrating your success for a reason!

“Oxbridge will be at the event cheering this year’s thriving young achievers. We wish them all the best of luck’

A spokesperson for Birmingham Awards commented, “For lifelong learning in a flexible and innovative environment, there’s no better provider than Oxbridge. We’re looking forward to welcoming Matt as a judge and Oxbridge as a sponsor at this year’s ceremony, whose experience shall prove insightful for this year’s up-and-coming Young Achievers.’

The Birmingham Awards will take place on Saturday 9th November at Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square.

Get nominating now, visit www.birminghamawards.co.uk and nominate your favourites, or if you believe you deserve to be nominated then you can nominate yourself.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 13th September 2019.

Shortlist will be announced on the Monday 23rd September 2019 when voting will also commence.

Visit our website for the full category list: www.birminghamawards.co.uk


Falcon Insurance Swoops in to sponsor the 5th Birmingham Awards

We are excited to announce our latest sponsor for this year’s Birmingham Awards – Falcon Insurance.

 

As one of the leading Insurance specialists in the UK, Falcon Insurance offer some of the best insurance plans available, whilst remaining affordable working with you to help cut your insurance costs. To find out more about Falcon Insurance visit their website: www.falconinsurance.co.uk

 

Pinder Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Falcon Insurance said: “We are excited and proud to be involved with such a prestigious awards ceremony that supports & highlights the incredible people & organisations of Birmingham, with so much activity & development happening in Birmingham, it’s only fitting to be part of the celebrations. Good Luck to all the nominees and we look forward to celebrate with everyone on the 9th November 2019”.

 

Now in it’s 5th year, Birmingham Awards has reached a milestone and has become the must attend event of the year.  Birmingham Awards also has new home this year, the Library of Birmingham – the awards are about showcasing the amazing people & organisation and that also includes iconic buildings such as the Library of Birmingham, so what better way to celebrate and highlight the ever-evolving landscape of Birmingham by holding this year’s awards celebration at the Library of Birmingham.

 

There is much to celebrate in Birmingham. We believe that the people of our city deserve recognition, that the passion, drive and ingenuity of the individuals and industries in Britain’s second city have made Brum an international giant.

 

The 2019 Birmingham Awards Dinner will take place at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 9th November 2019. The Birmingham Awards continues to recognise people and businesses that have been part of the movement in Birmingham’s future.

Get nominating now, visit our website www.birminghamawards.co.uk and nominate your favourites, or if you believe you deserve to be nominated then you can nominate yourself.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 13th September 2019, but don’t leave it until the last minute!

Shortlist will be announced on the Monday 23rd September 2019 when voting will also commence.

Visit our website for the full category list: www.birminghamawards.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 


Bootcamp Media Returns

We are pleased to announce for the second year running Bootcamp Media will be sponsoring the Birmingham Awards.

 

Now in it’s 5th year, Birmingham Awards has reached a milestone and has become the must attend event of the year.  Birmingham Awards also has new home this year, the Library of Birmingham – the awards are about showcasing the amazing people & organisation and that also includes iconic buildings such as the Library of Birmingham, so what better way to celebrate and highlight the ever-evolving landscape of Birmingham by holding this year’s awards celebration at the Library of Birmingham.

 

Based in Birmingham’s famous and vibrant Jewellery Quarter, Bootcamp Media are a fresh-thinking internet marketing and web design agency. Bursting with great ideas, packed with passionate and talented staff, who possess the desire to succeed as a business and for all their clients. To learn more about Bootcamp Media visit their website: www.bootcampmedia.co.uk

 

Jamil Shabir Director of Bootcamp Media said: “Bootcamp Media are extremely proud to be sponsoring & supporting the 5th year of the Birmingham Awards, with the awards taking place at the iconic Library of Birmingham it shows the importance of recognising what Birmingham has to offer. We look forward to celebrating the best of Birmingham with Birmingham's finest at one of Birmingham's most prestigious buildings.”

 

There is much to celebrate in Birmingham. We believe that the people of our city deserve recognition, that the passion, drive and ingenuity of the individuals and industries in Britain’s second city have made Brum an international giant.

 

The 2019 Birmingham Awards Dinner will take place at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 9th November 2019. The Birmingham Awards continues to recognise people and businesses that have been part of the movement in Birmingham’s future.


Matt Jones

Matt Jones is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor. For more than a decade, Matt’s devoted his life to creating opportunities that have helped over 100,000 people to learn without limits and build a better future for themselves.

In 2018/19, his dedication was celebrated with eight industry awards, including wins at the Institute of Directors, and the Birmingham Awards. The impact of Matt’s work at Oxbridge is clear: 96% overall student pass rates, 5* testimonials, and 300% year on year enrolment upsurge.

Reflecting on his values, which align with the Birmingham Awards and a growing second city, Matt and Oxbridge are overjoyed to support the ceremony as both a judge and a sponsor.


Kimberley-Jane Leary

Kim is a fantastically dynamic businesswoman and entrepreneur who has combined her dream of establishing and nurturing her own company whilst also delivering, communicating and cultivating such skills to her clients. Kim is a multi-award winning business woman having been crowned ‘Young Entrepreneur of the year 2016', a finalist as ‘Business Woman of the Year 2018' (for the Birmingham Awards) and Squibble her design agency won ‘Digital & Creative Business of the Year 2017’.

Kim started Squibble in 2010 and has grown the business to include past clients like McDonalds, Auto Trader and Marks & Spencers. That’s just UK based they stretch as far as Australia, Abu Dhabi and New York. Kim has lead many top­‐level campaigns for leading brands in the UK and because of this holds a strong position within the industry. She also has a vast and knowledgeable understanding of how to convert online visitors to customers combined with the ability to manage both aspects of website design and brand development.

When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she spends her time helping young and aspiring career minded individuals with support and advice. Kim is as a Non-Executive Board member for TAG Network, and due to her start-up success is well placed for the focus on the growth and development of its entrepreneurial members.

More recently Kim joined a new initiative called Birmingham Tech Week, as Marketing Director. The tech focused week will unite a range of events taking place across Birmingham City. The week will celebrate the diverse, innovative and growing city whilst pulling together students, start-ups, business owners, investors and sponsors for a week of collaboration and knowledge sharing.


NOMINATIONS OPENED FOR THE 5th BIRMINGHAM AWARDS

It’s back!  The most anticipated event of the year, now in its 5th year, Birmingham Awards is ready for your nominations.  If you or someone you know deserves one of these coveted awards, then be sure to get your nomination in before 13th September 2019!

The Birmingham Awards has become the city’s go to event when it comes to recognising individuals & organisations for their amazing contribution to our city. We will shine a light on all those who make this vibrant, colourful, unique city what it is. The awards will be judged by a panel of  independent judges from around Birmingham with a voting segment during the shortlist stage.

Spanning 22 categories that cover everything from catering to art to education and more, there is an award for almost everything, but the only way to win one is to get nominated! So, get nominating let’s see who will be joining previous winners. Send in your nomination by visiting:

https://www.birminghamawards.co.uk/nominate/ now!

The black-tie award ceremony will take place Saturday 9th November 2019 at the Library of Birmingham

We hope to see you there!

To get in touch see the contact information below:

anita@birminghamawards.co.uk

0121 667 3945


A flawless event at Edgbaston saw Birmingham Awards salute the city region’s stars.

Our Ambassador and photographer Jas Sansi who has captured the event since it’s inception in 2014 reports on what made it so successful.

Neither cold weather, Black Friday weekend traffic nor the construction projects that stress test the roads in Brum prevented 450 guests arriving at Edgbaston for the Birmingham Awards 2018. And what a fantastic event.

Gemma Hill and Dan Kelly welcomed guests to a sparkly night celebrating all that is fab about our part of the world. Both did a sterling job in keeping the night on schedule, no easy task with twenty Awards to distribute over an evening of entertainment, key note speeches and a three course meal following a welcome drinks reception.

And talking of food, there was a boxing exhibition at the same venue with 29 fights listed, however Birmingham Awards had the undisputed heavyweight Champion of Catering, Mahirs Experience who knocked everyone out with dinners for winners.

Organisers Ifraz Ahmed and Anita Chumber juggled tasks to produce the best event yet in the Awards four year history. The technical team led by Manj at Purple Square Audio Visual were flawless. There are infinite technical minefields at events like this, it’s incredibly rare to see it run like a Swiss watch mechanism. Great work guys, you deserve a huge shout out for this.

The judges were five respected leaders in the region’s business community and headed up by Tony Elvin. Recognised as one of Birmingham’s Power 250, Tony is General Manager at Touchwood Solihull having elevated Hotel du Vin to a whole new level. Still amazed the hotel group didn’t rebrand the Colmore BID venue Hotel El Vin. There’s still time.

So the recipe for a successful night was written; the audience of finalists, their support networks, friends and family did the rest. A night to remember. Let’s take a look at the winners.

Best Shopping Experience – New Square West Bromwich @newsquarewestb 

I was over the moon to see this regeneration project succeed. Local MP Tom Watson who has been instrumental in much of the town’s renaissance will be delighted to read about it. The worthy winners were presented with their trophy by Anjum Khan from Award sponsors, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

 

Independent Retailer of the Year – Spectacle Emporium @Spec_Emporium

Independents give a place a unique offer and its impossible to quantify the value they bring along side the high street multiples.

Best Apprenticeship Employer Award – Severn Trent Water @stwater ‏

Community Initiative – Suited for Success  @SuitedForBham

A team I had the pleasure to meet with LoveBrum. One of the barriers for securing a job is having suitable clothing for interview. Suited for Success address this and have been instrumental in transforming lives through employment. Well done guys.

Social Enterprise of the Year – Devenish Girl Bakery @Devenishgirlb

Super pleased to see Melanie join Deputy Vice Chancellor from Headline Sponsor, Birmingham City University to collect this award. Great work Mel.

Contribution to Education – Services for Education

Professional of the Year – Clive Read (VWV) @Cliveread4

Arts & Culture Award – Birmingham Hippodrome @brumhippodrome

Fresh from receiving The President’s Award at the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce, Mike Hopkins from our Diamond Sponsor South and City College presented Birmingham Hippodrome with their first of two awards.

Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the city’s gems staging world class performances. They reach out to the community promoting inclusion and inspire the next generation to realise the power of story telling on the stage. Bravo, team.

Venue of the Year – Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery @BM_AG

At the very heart of Birmingham stands the breath taking Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. It never fails to inspire, delight and surprise me even after almost half a century of visiting.

An exhibition, WOMEN POWER PROTEST celebrating the 100 years anniversary of women winning the right to vote is on show at The Gas Hall, one of many spaces the Gallery has available to host incredible events.

The Round Room which houses Jacob Epstein’s Lucifer can be used for unique drinks receptions, the Devil is always in the detail. Congratulations to all of the team.

Excellence in Media Award – Ed James @edjames_

Heart FM breakfast host and partner at HDY Agency was invited to the stage by his radio co-presenter Gemma Hill and category sponsor dluxe Birmingham and Solihull’s Lilith Holsey-Sheppard to pick up this very well deserved award.

Ed James is a fantastic event host and ambassador for Brum. He’s also one of the nicest people you could meet. He introduced me Johnny Rotten a few years ago who went on to tell me my camera flash was fu**ing blinding him! As a fan of The Sex Pistols, it genuinely remains one of my happiest memories as a photographer. Well done Ed.

Blogger of the Year – Ruth Millington @ruth_millington

This was an incredibly strong category and one of the most important ones given the influence media, print and social has on our lives.

I was delighted to see Ruth win this award because she operates in both spheres, traditional print and social media. Ruth also has a unique online influence focusing on Art & Culture, something the Arts Council describes as having immeasurable benefit to Society, Health & Wellbeing, Education and the Economy.

Arts & Culture contributes £20 Billion to the UK economy and employs 162,000 people. The industry needs influencers like Ruth Millington to generate footfall and focus eyeballs on our region’s priceless collections especially to younger audiences who operate exclusively across digital platforms.

Ruth’s twitter is @ruth_millington, reach out.

Bar of the Year – Malmaison Birmingham @BirminghamMal

Restaurant of the Year – Laghi’s Deli @LaghisDeli

Sporting Initiative of the Year – City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club @cob_rockets 

Best Use of Social Media – Birmingham Hippodrome @brumhippodrome

50,000 followers can’t be wrong.

Businesswoman of the Year – Sophia Cooper – OneFitMama @OneFitMamauk

Businessman of the Year – Sam Piri ITAE Group

Small Business of the Year – Oxbridge Home Learning @OxbridgeHome

Business of the Year – Rimilia @rimilia

Young Achiever of the Year – Matthew Loughrey @gentinghotelRWB

 

 

Special Recognition Award – Kari Lawler @KariLawler

Brummie of the Year – Tim Andrews & PJ Ellis (Joint winners) @TIMjohnANDREWS@BRUMMIE_PJ

A wonderful penultimate end to the evening with this award going to two of the most well known business leaders in Brum.

Tim Andrews paid tribute to his father dedicating the award to him. PJ Ellis said he was humbled and not expecting the honour. Very well deserved for two great individuals who have collectively raised £2 Million for causes in the city region. Great work gents.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Rustie Lee @Rustie_Lee

Rustie Lee burst onto television sets in the 1980s and was unlike anything that had been seen before in a medium that failed to reflect the demographics of the country.

Rustie was a breath of fresh air, you instantly warmed to her. I always looked forward to her food programs that introduced Caribbean foods to audiences who may never have seen a Caribbean takeaway or restaurant.

The survival of all media is dependent on its ability to echo the voices of those who are accessing it. Rustie Lee’s immense contribution saw the transition from Black and White television to the age of colour, and I’m not talking about the screen resolution.

And that’s it. Thank you to everyone who made Birmingham Awards a night to remember.

The Birmingham Awards are grateful to all our judges for there hard work and commitment: Head Judge Tony Elvin, Paul Faulkner, Kate Canty, Safaraz Ali & Paul Cadman.

A big thanks to all our sponsors and supporters including headline sponsor Birmingham City University, Diamond Sponsor South & City College Birmingham, BCU Business School, BootCamp Media, ART Business Loans, Pathway Group & Riverdale Insurance.

Not forgetting our supporting sponsors Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood Monster,
Hotel Du Vin, NA Consulting, 8 Outdoor Media, LUV Entertainment, Vibrant Networks, It Is Pr, Purple Square and Media Partner Dluxe Magazine.

Finally a special thank you for supporting LoveBrum in making Birmingham an even better place.

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Please comment, tag and share. Let me know what you think? Look forward to seeing you all at Birmingham Awards 2019.

Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham, an Ambassador for the Birmingham Awards, a trustee for LoveBrum and contributor to The Asian Today

@jassansi 07930 837 505

For more updates visit https://www.birminghamawards.co.uk

List of Winners

1. Restaurant of the Year - Laghi's Deli

2. Bar/Pub of the Year - Malmaison Birmingham

3. Best Shopping Experience – The New Square West Bromwich

4. Independent Retailer of the Year - Spectacle Emporium

5. Art & Culture Award - Birmingham Hippodrome

6. Business of the Year - Rimilia

7. Small Business of the Year - Oxbridge Home Learning 

8. Businessman of the Year - Sam Piri ITAE Group

9. Businesswoman of the Year - Sophia Cooper OneFitMama 

10. Community Initiative/Charity - Suited For Success

11. Excellence in Media Award - Ed James

12. Sporting Initiative - City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club 

13. Young Achiever - Matthew Loughrey - Genting Hotel

14. Special Recognition - Kari Lawler

15. Venue of the Year- Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

16. Social Enterprise - DevenishGirl Bakery

17. Blogger of the Year - Ruth Millington

18. Contribution to Education - Services for Education

19. Best Apprenticeship Employer Award - Severn Trent Water 

20. Professional of the Year - Clive Reed VWV

21. Best use of Social Media or Marketing Campaign - Birmingham Hippodrome

22. Brummie of the Year – Tim Andrews & PJ Ellis

23. Lifetime Achievement – Rustie Lee


Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly is a name synonymous with Birmingham. He's spent the best part of two decades on air in the city with Capital FM, Galaxy and Choice FM. When not on air you'll find him hosting or DJ'ing at events around the city, there's not many venues left in Brum Dan hasn't worked in at some point!

Previous to that Dan spent time in Dubai launching the UAE's first national radio station and presented TV shows across the Middle East & North Africa.

Dan can also be heard as a regular guest host across the UK on TalkRadio/TalkSport and also shouting into a microphone before kick off inside a football stadium.

Married to Lina, they have two little Brummie daughters who talk more than he does. Life is never quiet in the Kelly household.


Gemma Hill

Gemma Hill is firmly established at Heart FM, working alongside Ed James as his on air ‘partner in crime’. Hosting one of the Midlands most successful breakfast radio shows, Gemma keeps isteners entertained each morning with her brilliant sense of humour.

A lover of fitness, Gemma stepped out of her comfort zone last year to complete the enormous challenge of Heart Kayake for Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ charity. Her achievements in the charity world have broken records due to the success of Gemma’s incredible solo kayake. From London to Birmingham she kayaked 156 miles in just 5 days, raising an amazing 61K Children’s Eye Cancer Trust.

This highly respected lady is now an adopted Brummie, seen at some of the city’s most prominent events as host. Her relaxed, fun approach to hosting will make the Birmingham Awards 2018 a night to remember!