Argent LLP, Tim Andrews from Hollywood Monster, and Rebecca Simkiss were just some of the big winners at the second annual City of Birmingham Business Awards hosted by Downtown in Business.

Downtown in Business hosted the inaugural COBBA awards gala dinner in 2017 at the fantastic Edgbaston Stadium. After the incredible reception from the Birmingham guests, it was no wonder that 2018’s awards dinner was not only a sell-out, but an evening no Brummie will forget.

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City of Birmingham Business Awards 2018 sponsors


Male Networker of the Year 2018

Peter Adkins, EGL Law

Sponsored by The Alternative Board

Female Networker of the Year 2018

Kirsty Gallagher, Freeths LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Employee of the Year 2018

Michael Parker, Gleeds

Sponsored by Peninsula

Employer of the Year 2018

CSCM IT Solutions

Sponsored by High Performance Consultancy

Customer Focused Business of the Year 2018


Sponsored by Taurus Wealth

Newcomer of the Year 2018

Virgin Care Private

Sponsored by ihub

PR & Marketing Agency of the Year 2018

East Village

Sponsored by Bruntwood

Digital & Creative Agency of the Year 2018

Lightbox Digital

Sponsored by Purely Plantain Chips

Legal Firm of the Year 2018


Sponsored by Health@Work

Recruitment Company of the Year 2018

Gleeson Recruitment Group

Sponsored by Equilibrium

Business Finance Enabler of the Year 2018

Finance 4 Business

Sponsored by The UK Sepsis Trust

Accountancy Firm of the Year 2018

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Sponsored by Aston Business School

Business Enabler of the Year 2018

Growhouse GB

Sponsored by VWV

Property Business of the Year 2018

Lambert Smith Hampton

Sponsored by NUVO

Contribution to Transport and Infrastructure 2018

Mode Transport

Sponsored by Bespoke Office Space Solutions

Hospitality Venue of the Year 2018

Aston Villa F.C.

Sponsored by B&M Waste Services

Hotel of the Year 2018

Hyatt Regency Birmingham

Sponsored by Delicious PR

Social Media Presence of the Year 2018

Acorns Children's Hospice

Sponsored by Bart Dalton Consulting

Man of the Year 2018

Nick Eastwood, Ricoh Arena & Wasps

Sponsored by The Intelligent SP

Woman of the Year 2018

Rebecca Simkiss, SimkissGuy Recruitment Ltd

Sponsored by SME Global

Business of the Year 2018

Argent LLP

Sponsored by Virgin Media Business

Chief Executive's Award 2018

Tim Andrews, Hollywood Monster

Sponsored by UBER

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