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Awards shortlist is unveiled

A bumper crop of businesses will be chasing awards glory, as the shortlist for the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) 2020 annual awards has been revealed.

Forty-one businesses and individuals have been shortlisted in eight awards categories, with the winners being revealed at the virtual event taking place on 26 November.

Award nominations for the Chamber’s annual event skyrocketed, with entries doubling from last year.

Nominations for the awards were judged by Amer Awan, from Awan International, Amanda Lowe, from Story Comms, Leyla Okhai from Diverse Minds, Professor Martin Levermore, from Medial Devices Technology International Limited (MDTi) and lawyer Dee Kundi.  

Chair of the judges, Mandy Canny, head of membership at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “Our expert judging panel had a tremendously tough time this year selecting the shortlisted candidates.

“There was a huge raft of nominations to sort though, all of excellent calibre. The judges and I were really pleased to see so many businesses continuing to excel through challenging circumstances.”

Those shortlisted include:

Outstanding Charity of the Year

(Sponsored by Learner Engagement Training Services)

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

Midlands Air Ambulance


Sport 4 Life UK

Thrive Together Birmingham

Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion

(Sponsored by South & City College Birmingham)


Aspire Supported Living

Digital Innov8ors Ltd


UK Virtual School

Outstanding Customer Service of the Year

(Sponsored by Burton and South Derbyshire College)

GEEX Limited

Lexon Pharmacy

South and City College Birmingham



Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year

(Sponsored by Wow Group of Companies)

Baljinder Gill - Balfort Legal
Gurpreet Bassi - Bonde Wolfe Auctions
Hifzul Khan - Fiesta del Asado
Raja Khan - Aspire Supported Living
Sunny Araf - ISA Support Services

Outstanding Financial Services of the Year

(Sponsored by Finpoint Limited)

Bluewater Tax Limited
Central Business Development Ltd
Falcon Insurance
Fraser Russell Limited
Wahed Invest

Outstanding Hospitality Business of the Year

Edgbaston Stadium
Hotel Du Vin
Shahi Nan Kabab
Unique Venues Birmingham

Outstanding Legal Services of the Year

(Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs)

Balfort Legal
Hussain Solicitors
J M Wilson Solicitors
Kenneth Jones Solicitors
Wildings Solicitors

Outstanding Start-Up Business of the Year

(Sponsored by Lioncroft Wholesale Limited T/A East End Wholesale Stores)

The Dietologist
UK Virtual School

One of the category winners will be crowned Overall ABCC Business of the Year 2020 (sponsored by Aston University).

Headline sponsors of the awards include Aston University, Inspired Energy and Wright Restaurants T/A McDonald’s.

To book your free ticket at the event, visit https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/networking-events/events-calendar/listing/abcc-awards-celebration/details

Pictured: Mandy Canny


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