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.

See all the images from #BrumAwards18 on Flickr
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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


The Birmingham Award's 2018 Shortlist Announced - Voting is now open!

The much-anticipated shortlist for the Birmingham Awards 2018 has been announced and the votes are now open.

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

After receiving over 500 applications, we are finally excited to announce the shortlist of finalists up for the most prestigious awards Birmingham has to offer.

This year’s applications have been exceptional, making it a difficult task to decide on the shortlist of finalists and we’d like to thank everybody for their efforts.

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.  The last few years have been a smashing success and we’ve 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 Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 24th November 2018.

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

We hope to see you there!

To get in contact see the contact information below:

anita@birminghamawards.co.uk

0121 667 3945

List of finalists

  1. Restaurant of the Year
  1. Anderson's Bar & Grill
  2. Byzantium Tapas
  3. Chung Ying Cantonese
  4. Gusto Birmingham
  5. Laghi's Deli
  6. Three Church Road

 

  1. Bar/Pub of the Year
  1. Hare & Hounds - Kings Heath
  2. Hotel Du Vin
  3. Malmaison Birmingham 
  4. The Alchemist
  5. The Anchor - Digbeth

 

  1. Best Shopping Experience of the Year
  1. Bullring - Birmingham
  2. Mailbox - Birmingham
  3. New Square - West Bromwich
  4. Resorts World - Birmingham
  5. The Fort - Birmingham
  6. Touchwood - Solihull

 

  1. Independent Retailer of the Year
  1. Disorder Boutique
  2. Enki
  3. Sember
  4. Spectacle Emporium
  5. The Workshop Below

 

  1. Arts & Culture Award
  1. Birmingham Hippodrome
  2. InkANIMA
  3. Services for Education
  4. Town Hall Symphony Hall
  5. Transition Stage Company

 

  1. Business of the Year
  1. eSpares
  2. Intouch Games
  3. Rimilia
  4. SDL Auctions - Bigwood
  5. UK Power Reserve

 

  1. Small Business of the Year
  1. Active Clinic
  2. Brite Sparx Electrical Services
  3. Capricorn Blinds
  4. Digital Glue
  5. Oxbridge Home Learning

 

  1. Businessman of the Year
  1. Bart Dalton - Bart Dalton Consulting
  2. Matt Jones - Oxbridge Home Learning
  3. Rob Pollard - Lightbox
  4. Sam Piri - ITAE Group
  5. Stuart Holt - Javelin Block

 

  1. Businesswoman of the Year
  1. Eileen Schofield - Schofield & Associates
  2. Kimberley Jane Leary - Squibbles
  3. Lynsey Moore - Kind Consultancy
  4. Natalie Taylor Herrick - Taylor Herrick Recruitment
  5. Sophia Cooper - OneFitMama

 

  1. Community Initiative/Charity
  1. Arrive Alive
  2. Birmingham St Mary's Hospice
  3. BYSA - Birmingham Youth Sports Academy
  4. Let's Feed Brum
  5. Mark Hayes - West Midlands Ambulance
  6. Suited for Success

 

  1. Excellence in Media Award
  1. Adam Yosef - I Am Birmingham
  2. Anita Champaneri - Delicious PR
  3. Ed James - Heart FM
  4. Noreen Khan - BBC Asian Network
  5. Sacha Brooks - Capital FM

 

  1. Sporting Initiative
  1. Birmingham Futsal Club
  2. Box Clever
  3. City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club
  4. Sport 4 Life
  5. Sport Birmingham

 

  1. Young Achiever
  1. Luke Bodin - Business Adapts
  2. Mark Hipwell - LM JV
  3. Matthew Loughrey - Genting Hotel
  4. Mikayla Jones - Uprising

 

  1. Venue of the Year
  1. Aston Villa Holte Suite
  2. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  3. Edgbaston Stadium
  4. The Old Rep Theatre
  5. Unique Venues Birmingham

 

  1. Social Enterprise
  1. Creative Alliance
  2. Devenish Girl Bakery
  3. ISE (Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs)
  4. School for Social Entrepreneurs
  5. Sociability Care CIC

 

  1. Blogger of the Year
  1. Brummy Mummy of 2
  2. Full to the Brum
  3. Ruth Millington
  4. Suzie Speaks
  5. The Ting Thing

 

  1. Contribution to Education
  1. Brian Davies -  Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
  2. Kimichi School
  3. Mike Hopkins - South & City College Birmingham
  4. Music Education Solutions
  5. Services For Education

 

  1. Best Apprenticeship Employer Award
  1. Brite Sparx Electrical Services
  2. DWF Law
  3. Severn Trent
  4. Three Church Road

 

  1. Professional of the Year
  1. Chrissie Wolfe - Irwin Mitchell
  2. Clive Read - VWV
  3. Emma Noble - Pinsent Masons
  4. Matt Barnsley - Downtown In Business

 

  1. Best use of Social Media or Marketing Campaign
  1. Birmingham Cathedral
  2. Birmingham Hippodrome
  3. Colonel Duck Productions
  4. Social Innovation Media Ltd
  5. Town Hall Symphony Hall

See you all on 24th November 2018 at Edgbaston Stadium for the award ceremony, good luck!


Announcing our latest sponsor Bootcamp Media

The Birmingham Awards are excited to announce our latest sponsor for the upcoming awards event, Bootcamp Media.

Bootcamp Media is a creative digital design & marketing agency based in Birmingham's vibrant Jewellery Quarter. Bootcamp Media supplies services of web design and development, web/mobile applications, professional ecommerce online shopping systems, website hosting, search engine promotion (SEO), social media marketing (SMM) and creative graphic design.

We look forward to working with Bootcamp Media on this prestigious event.

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 five 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 lets see who will be joining previous winners. Send in your nomination by visiting https://www.birminghamawards.co.uk/nominate/ now!

The awards is taking place Saturday 24th November 2018 at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

We hope to see you there!

To get in contact see the contact information below:

anita@birminghamawards.co.uk

0121 667 3945


Nominations Open for 4th Birmingham Awards!

It's back!  The most anticipated event of the year, now in its 4th 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 24th September 2018!

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 five 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 lets see who will be joining previous winners. Send in your nomination by visiting https://www.birminghamawards.co.uk/nominate/ now!

The awards is taking place Saturday 24th November 2018 at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

We hope to see you there!

To get in contact see the contact information below:

anita@birminghamawards.co.uk

0121 667 3945


The third Birmingham Awards a rousing success!

What a brilliant, fun and prestigious night!

Last evening saw the third Birmingham Awards take place at the Edgbaston Stadium.

With over 450 people in attendance we brought together the very best individuals and organisations our glorious city has to offer for a night of honour, recognition and celebrating being proud and being brum. #BProud #BBrum

The Birmingham Awards was once again headline sponsored by Birmingham City University, alongside category sponsors Pathway Group, Riverdale Insurance & South & City College Birmingham.

Host Raaj Shamji, known for his flamboyance and infectious humour, and his eclectic band kept the guests entertained with their unique brand of wit, wonder and flair. They brought a sense of cabaret, zest and fun to the night that kept everything up and lively.

Live music was provided by the Walsall Wallaz and Beat Asylum, guests were also treated to a stunning performance from CircusMash.

Drinks were in full flow courtesy of our drinks sponsor NA Consulting and food was provided by Simply Mahirs.  The delectable cuisine was perfectly fitting for a night celebrating the very best Birmingham has to offer.

Needless to say, when it came to the winners, the level of excitement and tension was palpable. Some of the most coveted awards and winners of the night included Brummie of the year which went to James Wong and Lifetime Achievement Award which was awarded to Tom Ross. The crowd moved to the after party after the awards was over, which saw yet more fun, laughs and partying.

The Birmingham Awards are grateful to all our judges for there hard work and commitment: Safaraz Ali, Tim Andrews, Judith Armstrong, Debbie Assinder, Paul Cadman, Tony Elvin and Ed James.

Finally a big thanks to all our sponsors and supporters including Headz Up Business, Tag Network Midlands,Vibrant Networks, Hollywood Monster, Hotel Du Vin, Visit Birmingham, Dluxe Magazine, Jas Sansi & Social Frames.

Next year’s Birmingham awards is already being planned and looks set to be even bigger, better and brighter - #BProud #BBrum

We look forward to seeing you all next year on 24th November 2018 at Edgbaston Stadium!

Click the link below for photos from the big night.

Jas Sansi:  http://goo.gl/1e4zxM

Social Frames:  http://www.tinyurl.com/brumawards17

Photo Booth: https://goo.gl/Fz7o89

List of Winners

1. Restaurant of the Year - CARTERS OF MOSELEY

2. Bar/Pub of the Year - THE PRINCE OF WALES MOSELEY

3. National Retailer of the Year – SELFRIDGES

4. Independent Retailer of the Year - J J RUDELL & CO

5. Art & Culture Award - CIRCUSMASH

6. Business of the Year - FRACINO

7. Small Business of the Year - LIGHTBOX DIGITAL

8. Businessman of the Year - SIMON WARD – INSPIRED THINKING GROUP

9. Businesswoman of the Year - REBECCA SIMKISS – SIMKISS GUY

10. Community Initiative/Charity - BIRMINGHAM MIND

11. Excellence in Media Award - BIRMINGHAM UPDATES

12. Sporting Initiative - BIRMINGHAM CITY LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB

13. Young Achiever - BEN FRANCIS – GYMSHARK

14. Venue of the Year- THE ICC

15. Social Enterprise - MISS MACAROON

16. Blogger of the Year - MEAT & ONE VEG

17. Contribution to Education - ASTON UNIVERSITY

18. Best Apprenticeship Employer Award - SEVERN TRENT

19. Professional of the Year - DEE KUNDI – VWV

20. Best use of Social Media or Marketing Campaign - SOUP TO NUTS

21. Judges AwardCONNECT DISTRIBUTION

22. Brummie of the Year – JAMES WONG

23. Lifetime Achievement – TOM ROSS


The Birmingham Award's 2017 voting is now LIVE!

Voting is now open for the Birmingham Awards 2017.

You can place your vote online at https://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. The last few years have been a smashing success and we’ve 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 Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 7th October 2017.

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

List of finalists

  1. Restaurant of the Year
  1. BECKETTS FARM
  2. CARTERS OF MOSELEY
  3. CHUNG YING CANTONESE
  4. INDICO STREET KITCHEN
  5. PRAZA
  1. Bar/Pub of the Year
  1. GENTLEMAN & SCHOLAR
  2. JEKYLL & HYDE
  3. THE EDGBASTON
  4. THE PRINCE OF WALES MOSELEY
  5. THE RED LION UAB
  1. National Retailer of the Year
  1. CONNECT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES
  2. DEBENHAMS
  3. HARVEY NICHOLS
  4. JOHN LEWIS
  5. SELFRIDGES
  1. Independent Retailer of the Year
  1. ISAAC CHARLES BRIDAL
  2. J J RUDELL & CO
  3. SMITHSONIA GIFTS
  4. SPECTACLE EMPORIUM
  5. VINCENT VAN DOODLE
  1. Art & Culture Award
  1. BLUEWHALE TRAINING
  2. CIRCUS MASH
  3. IGERS BIRMINGHAM
  4. IKON GALLERY
  5. MILLENNIUM POINT
  1. Business of the Year
  1. FRACINO
  2. HOGARTHS HOTEL
  3. INSPIRED THINKING GROUP
  4. SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS
  5. WESLEYAN
  1. Small Business of the Year
  1. ESCAPE LIVE
  2. LIGHTBOX DIGITAL
  3. OAKS CONSULTANCY
  4. OPEN STUDY COLLEGE
  5. RICEMEDIA
  1. Businessman of the Year
  1. JAMES WONG – CHUNG YING
  2. JOHN LOVEDAY – SPEARHEAD
  3. PHIL CARLIN – SEVEN CAPITAL
  4. PHIL INNES – LOKI WINE
  5. SIMON WARD – INSPIRED THINKING GROU
  1. Businesswoman of the Year
  1. ELLIE COHEN – LET’S LIVE SALES & LETTING
  2. RACHEL MACLEAN – JOINAIR
  3. REBECCA SIMKISS – SIMKISS GUY
  4. TARA TOMES – EAST VILLAGE
  5. ZOE TRANTER – TRANTER & MILLS
  1. Community Initiative/Charity
  1. BIRMINGHAM MIND
  2. BIRMINGHAM PRIDE
  3. HOMELESS HEROES
  4. MIDLAND LANGAR SEVA SOCIETY
  5. RAJ HOLNESS
  1. Excellence in Media Award
  1. BIRMINGHAM UPDATES
  2. DELICIOUS PR
  3. FREE RADIO
  4. MARY RHODES – MIDLANDS TODAY
  5. STYLE BIRMINGHAM
  1. Sporting Initiative
  1. ASPIRE SPORTS
  2. BIRMINGHAM BLITZ DAMES
  3. BIRMINGHAM LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
  4. SPORT 4 LIFE
  5. SPORT BIRMINGHAM
  1. Young Achiever
  1. ANDY LAWN – DELIVEROO
  2. BEN FRANCIS – GYMSHARK
  3. DANIEL BRIDGEWATER – BUCKT
  4. JODIE MASON – CREATIVE ALLIANCE
  5. LAURA HOGAN – RICEMEDIA
  1. Venue of the Year
  1. EDGBASTON STADIUM
  2. BIRMINGHAM REP
  3. THE HOLTE SUITE – AVFC
  4. THE ICC
  5. THE VOX CONFERENCE CENTRE
  1. Social Enterprise
  1. EVOLVE
  2. MISS MACAROON
  3. PROJECT ASPIE
  4. RNR ORGANISATION
  5. SOCIABILITY CARE CIC
  1. Blogger of the Year
  1. BRUM & BEYOND
  2. BRUMMIE GOURMAND
  3. BRUMMY MUMMY OF 2
  4. CHARLOTTE RUFF
  5. MEAT & ONE VEG
  1. Contribution to Education
  1. ASTON UNIVERSITY
  2. BIRMINGHAM MIND
  3. KIMICHI SCHOOL
  4. SPEARHEAD E-LEARNING
  5. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM
  1. Best Apprenticeship Employer Award
  1. BAREFACE
  2. NATIONWIDE CARE SERVICES
  3. SEVERN TRENT
  4. WSP UK
  1. Professional of the Year
  1. DEE KUNDI – VWV
  2. LAURA BAILEY – IRWIN MITCHELL
  3. NEELAM HEERA – FBC MANBY BOWDLER/CYSTERS
  4. NATALIE MERRIX – REWIRED PR
  5. SAMUEL BOOT – PENNYCUICK COLLINS
  1. Best use of Social Media or Marketing Campaign
  1. BRUM HOUR
  2. COFFINWORKS
  3. SHERWANI KING
  4. SOUPS TO NUTS

See you all on 7th October 2017 at Edgbaston Stadium for the award ceremony, good luck!


The Birmingham Award’s 2017 shortlist is finally out!

Nominations are now closed for this year’s Birmingham Awards and voting will open on Friday 25th August.

After receiving over 500 applications, we are finally excited to announce the shortlist of finalists up for the most prestigious awards Birmingham has to offer.

This year’s applications have been exceptional, making it a difficult task to decide on the shortlist of finalists and we’d like to thank everybody for their efforts.

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. The last few years have been a smashing success and we’ve 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 Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 7th October 2017.

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

List of finalists

1. Restaurant of the Year

  1. BECKETTS FARM
  2. CARTERS OF MOSELEY
  3. CHUNG YING CANTONESE
  4. INDICO STREET KITCHEN
  5. PRAZA

2. Bar/Pub of the Year

  1. GENTLEMAN & SCHOLAR
  2. JEKYLL & HYDE
  3. THE EDGBASTON
  4. THE PRINCE OF WALES MOSELEY
  5. THE RED LION UAB

3. National Retailer of the Year

  1. CONNECT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES
  2. DEBENHAMS
  3. JOHN LEWIS
  4. SELFRIDGES

4. Independent Retailer of the Year

  1. ISAAC CHARLES BRIDAL
  2. J J RUDELL & CO
  3. SMITHSONIA GIFTS
  4. SPECTACLE EMPORIUM
  5. VINCENT VAN DOODLE

5. Art & Culture Award

  1. BLUEWHALE TRAINING
  2. CIRCUS MASH
  3. IGERS BIRMINGHAM
  4. IKON GALLERY
  5. MILLENNIUM POINT

6. Business of the Year

  1. FRACINO
  2. HOGARTHS HOTEL
  3. INSPIRED THINKING GROUP
  4. SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS
  5. WESLEYAN

7. Small Business of the Year

  1. ESCAPE LIVE
  2. LIGHTBOX DIGITAL
  3. OAKS CONSULTANCY
  4. OPEN STUDY COLLEGE
  5. RICEMEDIA

8. Businessman of the Year

  1. JAMES WONG - CHUNG YING
  2. JOHN LOVEDAY – SPEARHEAD
  3. PHIL CARLIN – SEVEN CAPITAL
  4. PHIL INNES – LOKI WINE
  5. SIMON WARD – INSPIRED THINKING GROUP

9. Businesswoman of the Year

  1. ELLIE COHEN – LET’S LIVE SALES & LETTING
  2. RACHEL MACLEAN – JOINAIR
  3. REBECCA SIMKISS – SIMKISS GUY
  4. TARA TOMES – EAST VILLAGE
  5. ZOE TRANTER – TRANTER MILLS

10. Community Initiative/Charity

  1. BIRMINGHAM MIND
  2. BIRMINGHAM PRIDE
  3. HOMELESS HEROES
  4. MIDLAND LANGAR SEVA SOCIETY
  5. RAJ HOLNESS

11. Excellence in Media Award

  1. BIRMINGHAM UPDATES
  2. DELICIOUS PR
  3. FREE RADIO
  4. MARY RHODES – MIDLANDS TODAY
  5. STYLE BIRMINGHAM

12. Sporting Initiative

  1. ASPIRE SPORTS
  2. BIRMINGHAM BLITZ DAMES
  3. BIRMINGHAM LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
  4. SPORT 4 LIFE
  5. SPORT BIRMINGHAM

13. Young Achiever

  1. ANDY LAWN – DELIVEROO
  2. BEN FRANCIS – GYMSHARK
  3. DANIEL BRIDGEWATER - BUCKT
  4. JODIE MASON – CREATIVE ALLIANCE
  5. LAURA HOGAN – RICEMEDIA

14. Venue of the Year

  1. EDGBASTON STADIUM
  2. BIRMINGHAM REP
  3. THE HOLTE SUITE - AVFC
  4. THE ICC
  5. THE VOX CONFERENCE CENTRE

15. Social Enterprise

  1. EVOLVE
  2. MISS MACAROON
  3. PROJECT ASPIE
  4. RNR ORGANISATION
  5. SOCIABILITY CARE CIC

16. Blogger of the Year

  1. BRUM & BEYOND
  2. BRUMMIE GOURMAND
  3. BRUMMY MUMMY OF 2
  4. CHARLOTTE RUFF
  5. MEAT & ONE VEG

17. Contribution to Education

  1. ASTON UNIVERSITY
  2. BIRMINGHAM MIND
  3. KIMICHI SCHOOL
  4. SPEARHEAD E-LEARNING
  5. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM

18. Best Apprenticeship Employer Award

  1. BAREFACE
  2. NATIONWIDE CARE SERVICES
  3. SEVERN TRENT
  4. WSP UK

19. Professional of the Year

  1. DEE KUNDI - VWV
  2. LAURA BAILEY – IRWIN MITCHELL
  3. NEELAM HEERA – FBC MANBY BOWDLER/CYSTERS
  4. NATALIE MERRIX – REWIRED PR
  5. SAMUEL BOOT – PENNYCUICK COLLINS

20. Best use of Social Media or Marketing Campaign

  1. BRUM HOUR
  2. COFFIN WORKS
  3. SHERWANI KING
  4. SOUP TO NUTS

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

 

 


Only 10 Days Left To Get Your Tickets

The Birmingham Awards is just 10 days away but there’s still time for you to grab your ticket! If you don’t want to miss out visit our website or contact Anita on 0121 314 4821 or email her on anita@birminghamawards.co.uk to get your hands on the last remaining few before they sell out!

The Birmingham Awards Dinner is taking place at The Vox Conference Centre on Saturday 10th September 2016 and promises to be a glitz filled night.

Billed as one of the biggest black-tie events of the year, the Birmingham Awards prides itself on celebrating everything Birmingham.

Come along and rub shoulders with the likes of our Headline Sponsor Birmingham City University and our supporting sponsors such as High Line Bar, Pathway Group, South & City College, Vision Print and Hollywood Monster. Grab the opportunity to meet our esteemed finalists from high profile businesses such as Hyatt Regency, John Lewis, Punch Records, Hotel Du Vin, Word 360 and many others! Mingle with our Ambassadors that include Tim Andrews, Jas Sansi, Gary Poulton, PJ Ellis, Headz Up Business and Tag Network Midlands.

Known for its diversity and eccentricity, Birmingham has cultivated a reputation for innovation and creativity. The Birmingham Awards will showcase and celebrate the very best talent and recognise all who make Birmingham the vibrant, bubbling city it is.