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Wednesday 21st July 2021 at the Grand Hotel


Wednesday 21st July 2021 at the Grand Hotel

DIB celebrates the best of Birmingham business

Downtown In Business hosted its first City of Birmingham Business Awards in almost two years on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st July at the stunning The Grand Hotel this week – and the first in-person awards event in the country this year.

After almost 18 months of restrictions, DIB was finally able to welcome over 150 of the cities leading business personalities to celebrate the great and the good of the Birmingham business community to a stunning occasion sponsored by CJM Associates.

Among the big winners on the day were Alex Claridge, who took home the Chief Executive’s Award, Grant Thornton who received the Business of the Year gong along with Tru Powell and Natalie Yesufu Adele-Edwards who took home the Man and Woman of the Year Awards respectively.

Downtown CEO and Group Chairman, Frank McKenna, commented; “It was a pleasure to welcome back some of the leading business personalities from across Birmingham to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of these business leaders.

The past 18 months have been difficult for many businesses and DIB are incredibly proud to be able to acknowledge that, and celebrate some amazing achievements in incredibly challenging times.

I would also like to thank our headline sponsors CJM Associates, our fabulous venue The Grand and our AV and entertainment team Mr & Mrs Grey.”

Headline Sponsor for #COBBA21 was

The winners

Male Networker of the Year 2021

Dan Kendrick – Big Property Finance

Female Networker of the Year 2021

Elizabeth Mee – Woodshires

Community Impact Award 2021

Acorns Childrens Hospice

Employer of the Year 2021

National Express

Employee of the Year 2021

Krish Patel – Barrows & Forrester

Customer Focused Business of the Year 2021


Venue of the Year 2021

Staying Cool at Rotunda

Hospitality Personality of the Year 2021

Phil Innes – Loki Wine

Business Development Personality of the Year 2021

Harriet Giles – Dishoom

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Hannah Floyd – Pi Sq

Recruitment Company of the Year 2021

SimkissGuy Recruitment

Law Firm of the Year 2021


Accountancy Firm of the Year 2021


PR & Marketing Agency of the Year 2021

East Village PR

Digital & Creative Agency of the Year 2021

Lightbox Digital

Property Professional of the Year 2021

Rob Valentine – Bruntwood

The Decade of Excellence Award 2021

Aston University

Man of the Year 2021

Tru Powell – Aston Performing Arts

Woman of the Year 2021

Natalie Yesufu Adele-Edwards – Transition Stage Company

Business of the Year 2021

Grant Thornton

Chairman's Award 2021

Carl Chinn MBE

chief executives award 2021

Alex Claridge, The Wilderness

#COBBA22. will you be there?