Wishing You all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Birmingham Awards would like to give a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, ambassadors, media partners and especially all of those who attended the prestigious event. We are extremely grateful for everybody’s support throughout 2016.

The awards were a huge success. We bought together all industry giants and prominent names within Birmingham to celebrate the successes of our great city.

This year has seen Birmingham Awards reach new heights, and we are extremely grateful. Next year holds bigger and better things.

We would like to give everyone a huge thank you and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very  Happy New Year.

Birmingham Awards 2016 Winners

Silver Fox Pictures-488 Nick Owen with Group
Founders of the event, David Ley, Anita Chumber and Ifraz Ahmed with winner of the Lifetime Achievement award Nick Owen

Birmingham Awards Does it Again!

Steven Knight and Nick Owen amongst the guests honoured at awards celebrating Birmingham

Click here to see the winners!


Continued from the success of the inaugural awards, Birmingham Awards does it again. Sponsored by Birmingham City University, the second of Birmingham's prestigious awards was held on Saturday 10th September at the Vox Conference Arena, with a double reception kick starting the night at the Highline Bar before moving up to the Vox for the main event. It was alit with corporate colors, snazzy reds and blues decorating the ceilings and exuberant brand colours splashing the venue. The glitzy audience only added to the vibrancy of the room. The turn out was astounding, with everyone celebrating Birmingham, its passionate people and its inspirational organisations.

The exuberant hosts Raaj Shamji and Harold Davies kept the room energized and full of excitement with their sizzling chemistry and hilarious wit. In anticipation for the winners to be announced, an authentic brummie live band gave the audience a real flavour of Brum by showcasing the best in Birmingham made music. Entertainment also included a thrilling set by Nemesis and to top it off were feather girls greeting the guests and nailing that splendor factor.

Birmingham Awards aims to bring the pride of Birmingham together under one roof to recognise the excellence and passion for our beautiful city, acknowledging and awarding those who strive to make our city home. The awards commemorated everything from small businesses to the best restaurants as well as adding categories such as Excellence in Media.

Steven Knight, writer and producer of hit show Peaky Blinders, was crowned Brummie of the Year for his passion and commitment to Birmingham, along with Midlands Today’s very own Nick Owen who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

£600 was raised for our charity partner LoveBrum, with the vote on the night going to Baby Ava’s Support Foundation to receive the money raised.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors, South and City College, Pathway, Vision Print, High Line Bar, Birmingham Updates as well as all our judges and ambassadors. Thanks to all our photographers for capturing the night for us!

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

Check out these links for pictures from the night:
Jas Sansi Photography: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jassansi/albums/72157673708035425
Silver Fox Photography: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138366509@N03/sets/72157672555523430
Edwin Ladd Social Frames: https://www.flickr.com/photos/socialframes/albums/72157670458351173



Congratulations to this year’s Birmingham Awards Finalists and Voting Now Open!

The Birmingham Award’s 2016 shortlist is finally out!

Nominations are now closed for this year’s Birmingham Awards and voting is now open.

After receiving over 700 applications, we are finally excited to announce the shortlist of finalists up for the most prestigious awards Birmingham has to offer.

To vote for your favourite, please visit: www.birminghamawards.co.uk/voting

The Birmingham Awards present a unique opportunity to showcase the very best of Birmingham’s talent, from the biggest business to charities and the brightest young achiever to tech whizzes. After last year’s inaugural celebration, which was a smashing success, we received an even higher volume of hopeful applicants vying for best of Brum titles.

Winners will be announced at the glittery black tie ceremony at The Vox Conference Centre in Resorts World on Saturday 10th September.

Special thanks to everyone who applied and good luck to everyone below!

Shortlist Nominees:

Restaurant of the Year
Aria Restaurant – Hyatt Regency
El Borracho de Oro
Jilabi - Indian Restaurant
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
OPUS Restaurant

Bar/Pub of the Year
Bubble Lounge – Hotel Du Vin
Island Bar
Post Office Vaults
The Craven Arms
The Farm – Solihull

National Retailer of the Year
Harvey Nichols
John Lewis

Independent Retailer of the Year
Isaac Charles Bridal House
McTunneys Traditional Sweets
Strichley Wines & Spirits
Vincent Van Doodle

Arts and Culture Award
Aston Performing Arts
BE Festival – The Rep Theatre
Circus Mash
Ikon Gallery
Punch Records

Business of the Year
Associated Architects
Trowers & Hamlins
Gemini Professional Financial Group Ltd
Hotel Du Vin
Temple QMS

Businessman of the Year
Abid Khan –  Insurance Direct With Us
James Wong – Chung Ying Restaurant
Sam Hufton – Ricemedia
Torquil Chidwick - Sabai Sabai
Tony Elvin – Hotel Du Vin

Businesswoman of the Year
Emma Larkin – All in All Events
Jackie Cummins – J21 Coaching
Leigh Perry – DMS Heart of England Music Academy
Sally Eaves – Aston University
Sheryl Miller – Stilettos Network

Community Initiative/ Charity/ Volunteer of The Year
CRIB Youth Centre
Midland Langar Seva Society
Mosaic (West Midlands)
NICE Charity – Centre For Movement Disorder
The Ladywood Furniture Project

Sporting Initiative of the Year
Aspire Sports
Birmingham County Football Association
BYSA - Birmingham Youth Sports Academy
Sport4Life UK
Sporting Equals

Excellence in Media Award
Clive Reeves PR
Delicious PR
Sacha Brooks
Sameena Ali-Khan

Young Achiever of the Year
Khadeem Duncan-Banerjee – Duncan Performing Arts
Neelam Heera – Cysters
Romanah Malcolm
Thomas Aleksander Kollen – Grumhe UK Limited
Vin Murria – X Forces

Small Business of the Year
Alan Sharman Agency
JE Consulting Ltd
Rhubarb Property
Word 360

Venue of the Year
De Vere Venues - Colmore Gate
Edgbaston Stadium
Hampton Manor
Hare and Hounds (Kings Heath)
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Social Enterprise of the Year
Common Purpose
First Class Legacy
Miss Macaroon
SEBD Solutions
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)

Blogger of the Year
Fashion Mommy
Full To The Brum
Midlands Beer Blog Collective

Contribution to Education Award
Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts
Kiran Trehan – University of Birmingham
Dr. Melanie Brown – Nice Charity
Shaun Hindle – Solihull College
Suzanne Virdee - Author

Excellence in Technology Award
Centric 360 Digital
Flaming Pumpkin
LMH Media Ltd
Shoes by Shaherazad

Lifetime Achievement Award and Brummie of The Year award categories will be announced on the night.

Tickets are still on sale for the Birmingham Awards at:

For more information, please visit our website at www.birminghamawards.co.uk or call us on: 0121 314 4821