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Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Asian Business Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards, which takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum on December 7.

The black-tie event will be hosted by award winning actress Nina Wadia, who has starred in ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Still Open All Hours’ during a career which has spanned 25 years. In 2013, she won an ‘Outstanding Achievement in Television’ award.

This year’s shortlist is:

Outstanding Business Woman of the Year
Anna Spencer-Gray – RSM
Farah Saddique - SF Chartered Certified Accountants
Fiona Allen - Birmingham Hippodrome
Sam Watts - Selfridges Birmingham
Sally Walder - Amplify (NEC Group)

Outstanding Charity of the Year (sponsored by Millennium Point)
Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer (LFBC)
Muslim Aid
Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP)
Sense TouchBase Pears Centre

Outstanding Contribution to Society
Innovating Minds CIC
Toa Taxis (Radio Systems ) Ltd
Younis Bhatti & Co. Ltd

Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion Business of the Year (sponsored by South & City College Birmingham)
Birmingham Hippodrome
Diverse Minds UK Ltd
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
West Midlands Combined Authority, Leadership Commission
Word 360

Outstanding Family Business of the Year
Doorfit Products Ltd
Ian Hazel Funerals
The Barn At Berryfields
Zeckro LLP trading as “My Web Pal”

Outstanding Start-up Business of the Year
Double Parked
Midland Health
Perez Consulting Limited
Vincent BMR Limited

Outstanding SME Business of the Year (sponsored by Elavon Merchant Services)
Falcon Insurance
Love Your Postcode
SF Chartered Certified Accountants
United Carpets

Outstanding Venue of the Year
Hotel du Vin Birmingham
Millennium Point
The H Suite/ Centennial Centre Trading Ltd
Unique Venues Birmingham

Chairing the judging panel was Mandy Canny, head of group membership at the Chamber, who said: "Our judges had a difficult job due to the diverse range of applications and businesses which are helping the region's economy to thrive. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and those who all took time to apply. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of every single application this year."

This year’s sponsors include headline sponsors Birmingham City University, Douglas Wright (T/A McDonald’s) and HSBC, and Inspired Energy (sponsor of the Overall Business of the Year award), and The Football Association, which is sponsoring the evening’s entertainment.

Pictured: (clockwise from rear): Education business consultant Richard Riley, Anita Bhalla (chair of Performances Birmingham Ltd), Martin Levermore (visiting professor at Birmingham City University) and Mandy Canny


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