DIB celebrates the best of Birmingham business

Downtown Birmingham hosted its first City of Birmingham Business Awards, sponsored by CJM Associates, in almost two years at the stunning The Grand Hotel.
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Downtown Birmingham hosted its first City of Birmingham Business Awards in almost two years at the stunning The Grand Hotel.

The gala awards dinner, which was sponsored by CJM Associates, took place on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st July 2021.

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.

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 dificult for many busineses 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 stunning venue The Grand and our AV and Entertainment team Mr & Mrs Grey.”

The Full list of winners are:

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 Focussed Business of the Year 2021
Fazenda

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
Hannh Floyd, Pi SQ

Recruitment Company of the Year 2021
SimkissGuy Recruitment

Law Firm of the Year 2021
VWV

Accountancy Firm of the Year 2021
Azets

PR & Marketing Agency of the Year 2021
East Village PR

Digital and 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

Business of the Year 2021
Grant Thornton

Chairman’s Award 2021
Carl Chinn MBE

Chief Executive’s Award 2021
Alex Claridge, The Wilderness

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