A record number of companies are chasing glory in the awards to be presented at the sell-out Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) dinner on Thursday 19th April.

So great was the number of entries that the shortlists have been extended. The Business of the Year, sponsored by National Express, will be selected from all categories and announced at the event at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Russell Jeans, chairman of the judges and chief operating officer at the GBCC, said: “We were delighted to receive such a large number of entries which demonstrates the huge diversity of businesses in our region.

“The high number of entries in the Contributing to the Community category also shows how important businesses regard their responsibilities to their workforce and the community in which they operate. We greatly look forward to celebrating their success on April 19.

“The judges commented on the high standard of entries and the Chamber thanks them for their care and enthusiasm in tackling what became a huge task.”

HSBC, Birmingham City University and Elonex are headline sponsors of the dinner and awards.

The judging panel was: Russell Jeans, chair; Anisa Haghdadi, Beatfreeks; James White, Right Time Recruitment; Jo Nurse, Virgin Trains; and Joel Blake, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Shortlisted companies

Excellence in Contributing to the Community (sponsored by B&M Waste Services)

Acorns Children’s Hospice
Auriga Services
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham St Mary’s
Cure Leukaemia
Services for Education
SIFA Fireside

Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by South & City College Birmingham)

ACUTEC Limited
A-Plant
Conference Aston
CV Library
eSpares via Connect Distribution Service Ltd
Go Ape Cannock
Open Study College
Wealth Design Group

Excellence in Hospitality (sponsorship available)

Audley Group
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust
Cityserve
Conference Aston
Dallas Burston Polo Club
edgbaston
Millennium Point
The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Excellence in International Business (sponsored by Arup)

Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd
AFL Architects
Celsium Powered by Brunel
International Synergies Limited
Mills & Reeve LLP
Moflash Signalling
University of Birmingham
Y International UK Ltd

Excellence in Manufacturing (sponsored by Universal Document Solutions Ltd)

Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd
Biolite Technologies Ltd
Bromford Industries
KEP Print Group
Rotospa Ltd

Excellence in People Development (sponsored by West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association)

A-Plant
Amey plc
Common Purpose
Curium Solutions
Shelforce
SOTI
Sport Birmingham
Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Excellence in Sales & Marketing (sponsored by Scholars School System)

Birmingham City Football Club
Curium Solutions
CV Library
Infinity IT Solutions
KMB Shipping Group
Liquid
Selfridges Birmingham
The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Excellence in Technology & Innovation (sponsored by JACOBS)

ACUTEC Limited
AFL Architects
Crown Highways
Indestructible Paint Ltd
Managed Enterprise Technologies Ltd
Omni Cyber Security
PLANit Global
SOTI

Excellence in Training & Education (sponsored by Wesleyan)

Aston University
Common Purpose
Key Stages Online Ltd
Millennium Point
National College for High Speed Rail
Oxbridge Home Learning
Services for Education
Titan Partnership Ltd