Businesses and charities across Birmingham are celebrating after winning a whole host of awards at the annual Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) dinner and awards.
Taking the top spot was Amplify the NEC Group’s premier hospitality business and hospitality provider for Resorts World Arena and Arena Birmingham which were crowned the GBCC Business of the Year at the event on 11 April 2019.
The ambitious, six-strong team, led by General Manager Sally Walder, say they have adopted a “mindset of continuous improvement” and the award judges were impressed with their growing performance from modest beginnings.
Russell Jeans, the GBCC’s chief operating officer, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Amplify exude a continual improvement ethos – capitalising on innovative new digital commerce, exceptional client knowledge, customer service and outstanding brand marketing to drive sales in this incredibly dynamic and exciting business.”
Also celebrating success was Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice based in Selly Oak which was awarded ‘Excellence in Contribution to the Community’. The charity is also celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing hospice care across Birmingham and Sandwell.
‘Excellence in Customer Service’ was awarded to Handle Kingdom Ltd the company behind the popular Handle King website which have a commitment to “Customer is King” and go the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for it’s customers.
- Excellence in Hospitality – Conference Aston
A subsidiary of Aston University, Conference Aston is now one of the city’s foremost meeting destinations. With more than 40 years’ experience in the hospitality industry it has carefully crafted its offering to deliver high-quality service across its operations. The catering team have launched a campaign focusing on health-conscious menus.
- Excellence in International Business – AFL Architects
AFL Architects, delivering high-profile sports projects globally, have grown their international business by 143 per cent over three years. They have established themselves worldwide with projects like the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, the largest venue at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar which will host the final and opening matches.
- Excellence in Manufacturing – KEP Print Group
KEP Print Group, in an industry where countless print manufacturers have closed since the rise of digital marketing, have not only survived but made major changes to enter into a new chapter of sustainable growth. The Group has been a staple of the Greater Birmingham business community for 40 years.
- Excellence in People Development – National Express
The public transport company is driven by the belief that they are a people business, employing many thousands and moving millions of customers. As well as being the biggest proportion of their workforce, they regard their bus and coach drivers are their most important and most valuable asset.
- Excellence in Retail – Loki Wines
In seven years Loki Wine have been cited many times for being at the forefront of the independent drive in Birmingham that came out of the financial crisis in 2008. Loki have won every national industry award in the UK and they were the first West Midlands merchant to win a national wine retail award.
- Excellence in Technology & Innovation – Managed Enterprise Technologies Ltd
The cyber security firm are driving forward with innovations and are currently collaborating with Birmingham City University (BCU) as part of the Big Data Corridor initiative to develop their own Artificial Intelligence (AI). The result will give METCloud a global advantage in cyber defence and surveillance.
- Excellence in Training and Education – Services for Education
The charity, dedicated to providing music tuition for a wide range of organisations, including schools and local authorities, engages with 37,991 children in Birmingham each week. It tackles unconventional issues rarely discussed with other training providers and practices activities like healthy eating and mental health awareness.