When you decide to do something – put both feet in – do not hold back......

This was the cry from the guest speaker Byron Dixon – Founder and CEO of the award winning Micro-Fresh. Hailing from Leicester, and recently recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours list for Innovation, Mr Dixon spoke about the need to be totally committed to your business and not to enter business half heartedly.

Byron Dixon founded his antibacterial and antifungal Micro-Fresh brand in 2006. His company is the leading partner for retailers such as John Lewis, Debenhams, Next, Sainsburys, The Pentland Group, Scruffs Workwear and Avon. It is also widely used by global innovators in the health and life sciences sectors such as GlaxosmithKline and Nuffield Health.

Mr Dixon spoke about the need to be persistent and bold when entering the world of entrepreneurship and that whilst Brexit was causing uncertainty, entrepreneurs were adaptable and innovative when it came to overcoming obstacles such as Brexit. He also spoke about not having fear when it came to enterprise and the need to give back.

Mr Ninder Johal who is CEO of the organisers of the Awards, and who was until recently the President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and sits as a Board member on both Black Country LEP Board and the West Midlands Growth Company Board spoke about the uncertainty around the Brexit situation. Whilst he asserted that it was going to be very problematic in the short term, the long term future was still very bright if the UK continued to innovate and add value to their products and build on the strengths of its economy and its role in world affairs. He spoke about the need to assert leadership and more critically to involve the voice of business during the Brexit negotiations. He spoke positively around the role of entrepreneurship and the positive contribution of the region and its broad range of sectors.

The third Nachural Business awards celebrated a number of awards. The main winners on the night were Warley Carriers who have been operating in the Black Country since the 1970’s and are now investing strongly in further sites on the strong order book from their Irish operation.

Employing 65 personnel and operating from West Bromwich, this family owned multi million pound turnover company has a wide range of clients and operates from three sites. Substantial investment is planned for further growth and whilst challenges exist with increasing fuel prices and Brexit uncertainty the family owned business continues to show impressive growth.  Poultry is a widely recognised and reputable poultry processing company specialising in customer demand.

Other award winners included :

Business Start up – Little Dessert Shop

Community Excellence – BYSA

Customer Service of the year – Wolverhampton Council

Small Business of the Year – BCRS

Business Person of the Year – Shahid Sheikh

International and Enterprise of the Year–  Haji Baba

Entrepreneur of the Year – Matt Jones

Businesswoman of the Year – Sameera Ali Saddiq

Hospitality Business of the Year – Park Hall Ramada, Wolverhampton

Promoting Apprenticeships in the Workplace : Grainger and Worrell

Business of the Year – Warley Carriers

The headline sponsor for the event was Kuflink and other sponsors included :

Akaal ltd.com,  Cobra Beer, East End foods, FBC Manby Bowdler, Baldwins Accountants, Hollywood Monster, Guest Truck and Van, 8 Outdoors, Enterprise Europe Network, Scholars, Pathway Group, Rational FX, Mercedez Benz ( Wolverhampton ) , Vision and the University of Wolverhampton.

Promise Dreams was the charity on the night where over 450 people attended and where over £8000 was raised. Host for the evening was Tommy Sandhu and the music for the evening was provided by DJ Tony.

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