Eighty-three organisations will be vying for glory at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards next month. 

The shortlist has been revealed ahead of the region’s biggest celebration of business, which is taking place at the ICC in Birmingham on Thursday 16 March.

Twelve sector awards are to be handed out on the night - with one of the category winners going on to be crowned overall Greater Birmingham Business of the Year (sponsored by Crowe).

A high-profile judging panel – chaired by the GBCC’s chief commercial officer Katrina Cooke – included:

  • Alex Claridge – chef-patron of The Wilderness restaurant
  • Yetunde Dania – partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlin and chair of WMCA Race Equality Taskforce
  • David Jackson - centre manager of McArthurGlenDesigner Outlet West Midlands
  • Yiannis Maos MBE - CEO and founder of Birmingham Tech CIC
  • Dr Nik Kotecha OBE – entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Steve Allen – partner at law firm Mills & Reeve and past president of the GBCC
  • Carmen Watson – chair of recruitment agency Pertemps Network Group
  • Rosie Ginday MBE - founder and managing director of Miss Macaroon CIC
  • Professor Geoff Thompson MBE DL – vice-chairman of Birmingham 2022
  • Tani Dulay – CEO of real estate developer Woodbourne Group
  • Cllr Brigid Jones – deputy leader of Birmingham City Council

Katrina Cooke (pictured) said: “The judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries for this year’s awards, which reflect the breadth, diversity and talent of businesses across the region. We would like to thank panel for taking the time to review the applications. We also commend the huge number of companies who took the time to complete entries.

“Congratulations to all those who are nominated and we look forward to celebrating at the ICC on the night.” The GBCC annual dinner and awards is backed by headline sponsors Birmingham City University and Schumacher Packaging and headline partner Birmingham City Council.

Find out more information on tickets and remaining sponsorship opportunities.

The shortlist in full:

Excellence in Contribution to the Community - sponsored by runyourfleet

Arrive Alive

BCRS Business Loans

BMet College

Crown Highways

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)

Satori House Ltd

Unity Trust Bank

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Excellence in Customer Service - sponsored by Birmingham Airport

Coinadrink Ltd

FAZ Chartered Accountants

Intercity Technology

MotorServ UK

National Express Ltd

Park Regis Birmingham

Prime Accountants Group


The Recruitment Duo

Excellence in Hospitality & Retail

Douglas Wright (T/A McDonald’s)

Eric Lyons Splendid foods

KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar

Malmaison Birmingham

Moor Hall Hotel & Spa

Selfridges & Co

The Eastside Rooms

Unique Venues Birmingham

Excellence in International Business - sponsored by Gowling WLG

Dains Accountants Limited





Y International UK Ltd

Excellence in Manufacturing - sponsored by University of Birmingham

Evac+Chair International Ltd

Hardy Signs Ltd


Webster and Horsfall & Latch and Batchelor

Excellence in People Developmentsponsored by GuruYou


Deutsche Bank (DB)

EiB Group Ltd

Entec Si

Evenfields Careers

Fleet Evolution

Freeths LLP

Intercity Technology


Excellence in Responsible Business - sponsored by Aston University


Kindred CSR

Serco Restart Scheme

Unity Trust Bank

Excellence in Sales & Marketing

Ark Media Productions

EiB Group Ltd


Millennium Point

Park Regis Birmingham

Visit Knowle

Excellence in Sustainabilitysponsored by South & City College Birmingham

Birmingham City University

Birmingham County Football Association


Jacobs UK

LLoyds Banking Group

Moor Hall Hotel & Spa

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

Tyseley Energy Park (TEP)

Excellence in Technology & Innovationsponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management



HR Duo

Jacobs UK


Swof Media



Excellence in Third Sectorsponsored by Unity Trust Bank

B:Music Ltd

Heart of England Community Foundation

Molly Ollys

Solihull Moors Foundation

Sport 4 Life UK

The Jericho Foundation

University of Birmingham

YMCA Sutton Coldfield

Excellence in Training & Educationsponsored by University College Birmingham

All About The Sew

Auctus Management Group

BMet College

Little Bird People Development/Little Chicks Life Lessons

Novo Training