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Finance firms are in the money

The shortlisted nominees across nine categories have been announced for the 2018 West Midlands Finance Awards.

Now in its third year, the annual awards ceremony is the only of its kind to recognise the work and achievements of the region’s top finance professionals and businesses.

The ceremony – hosted in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, ICAEW, and RSM - will take place on Thursday November 15 at the Birmingham ICC and is expected to attract over 500 people from the local business community.

Also presented on the night will be the 2018 Business of the Year, which will be awarded to an ‘innovative organisation’ who has achieved financial growth due to the direct and positive impact of the accounting and finance team.

Habiba Khatoon, Associate Director of Robert Walters Birmingham, said: “We have had a record-breaking number of entries this year, and the standard just gets higher and higher. Competition this year has been tight and it is hugely encouraging to see such passion and enthusiasm from the region’s financial community.

“This awards ceremony is a chance for us all to celebrate the outstanding work done by finance professionals in the region and promote the contribution they make to the economic and business landscape of the West Midlands.”

Paul Faulkner, CEO - Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “This awards ceremony comes at an important time for the region, as it starts to really showcase itself as a financial hub. More and more we are seeing the relocation into Birmingham of primary (and secondary) offices for international banks and corporations – who have rightly now turned their attention onto the talent that already exists within our region.”

All applications were judged by a panel of business leaders from the region, as well as representatives from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, ICAEW, RSM and Robert Walters.

SHORTLISTED NOMINEES:

Finance Director of the Year

Rising Star of the Year Award (Qualified) – sponsored by Birmingham Airport

Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part Qualified) – sponsored by Birmingham Airport

Finance Team of the Year (Over 20 people)

Finance Team of the Year (20 people or less) – sponsored by Hawthorn Leisure

Finance Team of the Year (Not-For-Profit of the Year) – sponsored by Veolia

Shared Service Centre of the Year

Excellence in Diversity

Business Innovation – sponsored by West Midlands Railway

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