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COBBA23 has now taken place.

Thursday 19th October 2023
Park Regis Birmingham
6:30PM - Midnight

Thursday 29th June 2023
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
6:30PM - Midnight


Celebrating the best in Birmingham

The City of Birmingham Business Awards (COBBA) was established by Downtown Birmingham in 2017 to acknowledge and celebrate companies and entrepreneurs that have made a successful and significant contribution to economic growth in the city region.

With only limited tickets available for this exclusive ceremony at the Park Regis Hotel, the sell-out event attracts entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, and decision makers.



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What are the #COBBA23 categories?

Who has perfected the art of networking? This person is someone who doesn’t have to be at the opening of an envelope, will have a wealth of contacts, but more importantly, a credibility that when they make a referral, it is followed up.

Who has perfected the art of networking? This person is someone who doesn’t have to be at the opening of an envelope, will have a wealth of contacts, but more importantly, a credibility that when they make a referral, it is followed up.

A business that is 4 years old or younger that has burst onto the scene in Birmingham and has been making a big impact on the business world?

Which FS firm has impressed you most during the past twelve months?

The digital and creative sector is booming across the city, but which firm stands out from the crowd?

What business goes above and beyond to look after their staff? Do they have a Health and Wellbeing Programme in place, clear routes for job progression or simply create a great environment for them to work in.

The building designs in the city are becoming more impressive than ever. Which architect firm in Birmingham is leading the way?

Birmingham’s skyline is changing at a rapid pace but who has impressed most over the past twelve months in the property sector?

Which charity has successfully fundraised, gained a group of on the ground ambassadors and demonstrated to the city what they do and how they’re doing it?

The winner of this award will have demonstrated their contribution to the hospitality economy for residents or visitors to the county. This includes: businesses within the hospitality, dining and accommodation sector.

Who is simply the best in Birmingham?

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#COBBA23. Will you be there?

If you are interested in attending #COBBA23 contact for further information.
If you are interested in joining us for COBBA23 please select an option to allow us to deal with your enquiry in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Member Ticket £125.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Ticket £175.00 + VAT
  • Member Table of Ten £950.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Table of Ten £1400.00 + VAT

Sponsorship Opportunities

Who should consider sponsorship of this event?

Companies who are looking to engage with leading businesses and business figures directly and effectively, and public sector leaders from across the city region. Sponsorship of a DIB awards dinner will raise awareness of your company brand and the work that you do with key influencers from across the city region.

We are happy to discuss bespoke elements to fit the needs of your business.

Award Sponsorship

Sponsorship of an individual award at the event
£ 2250.00 + VAT
  • A table of ten at the awards dinner.
  • Presentation of a DIB award.
  • Branding on awards webpage on DIB website.
  • Two tickets for the pre-event nominees party.
  • Branding on the evening of the event, logo branding in the awards brochure; logo shown on video reel throughout the gala awards dinner.
  • Opportunity to feature in a video interview during the event.

Drinks Sponsorship

Sponsorship of the drinks reception at the event
£ 4500.00 + VAT
  • All benefits of Award Sponsorship +
  • Additional ticket for the pre-event nominees party.
  • Table located in prime location.
  • Branding on all pre-post publicity materials.
  • Prominent branding throughout event.
  • Advert in awards brochure.
  • Banner stand in Drinks Reception area.
  • Video interview discussing the event.
  • A place at 'winners private dinner' following the event.

Headline Sponsorship

Headline sponsorship of the event.
£ 7500.00 + VAT
  • All benefits of Drinks Sponsorship +
  • Presentation of main award category.
  • Headline branding at the event.
  • Strategically positioned banner stands within the venue.
  • Host venue for pre-event nominees party.
  • Host a 'winners private dinner' following the event.


Nominations are now open for #COBBA23.

The venue will be The Grand Hotel, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BS.

The dresscode for the evening is ‘dress to impress’. Lounge suits and cocktail dresses. Black tie welcomed. 

The arrival time is 6.30pm.

There will be a pre set menu selcted for on the day. Please advise DIB of any dietary requirements at least seven days prior to the event.

You can park on Snow Hill Railway station carpark, just a short walk from the Grand Hotel OR there is street parking outside the hotel, subject to availability.

Yes, this will be attached to your confirmation email, along with your tickets. Please send your pre-order form directly to The Grand Hotel.

The bar will be open throughout the evening to order drinks. Cash and card are both accepted.

We have a 15% discounted rate on StayCity rooms for the night. Quote DIB or COBBA alongside COR15 when booking. Please contact and to book. 

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