‘Excellence in Manufacturing’ is recognition the region’s rich manufacturing heritage, which has its roots in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. Although the region is today known for many commercial activities, including service industries, retailing and tourism, it remains the UK’s industrial heartland.
A shortlist of five in seven categories has been drawn up by the five judges, who were Mark Smith (director of enterprise and employability, Birmingham City University), Victoria Lineton (president Future Faces and bid adviser at lawyers Mills & Reeve), Russell Jeans (chair and chief operating office, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce), Axel Wittenberg (chief financial officer, Yazaki Europe Ltd) and Alan Gilmour (head of acquisition and retention at Police Mutual),
Mr Jeans said: “The judging process for this year’s awards has been particularly challenging given the volume and the quality of entries and the judges deserve huge credit for their scrupulous fairness and attention to detail.
“The contribution to the community category had a record number of entries, reflecting the importance community-based activities have on the wellbeing of the region.”
HSBC and Elonex are on board as headline sponsors for the awards ceremony, while Arup, Wesleyan and West Midland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets Association (WMRFCA) will sponsor the International Business, Contribution to the Community and Business of the Year awards respectively.
But there are a range of other sponsorship packages available, from pre-drinks and table sponsors to awards categories for a variety of different sectors.