Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce enjoy their biggest ever Business Awards Dinner at Birmingham ICC.
A night where the business community toast the region’s success stories alongside recognising their responsibilities in tackling knife crime and homelessness.
You know an evening is going to be special when pre event social media ranges from HSBC commenting on the quality of the candidates reflecting the strengths of our region to banter about who’s wearing what.
The host for Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce 2019 Awards Dinner, Ed James, was so excited, he woke up at 4am and it didn’t kick off until 6pm..!
Chamber CEO Paul Faulkner and Chamber President Saqib Bhatti welcomed guests to the biggest Chamber Event I’ve had the pleasure to capture. A certain US President would describe it as ‘Huge, really huge….bigly.’
It takes a year to organise an Awards night this like. So a huge well done to the team in bringing it all together.
Last night saw 1300 of the region’s business, civic and political leaders gather to toast the success stories that populate our twitter walls, Linkedin updates, Facebook comments, Instagram posts and newspaper columns.
It was a mesmerising night and a reminder of the need to identify, acknowledge and reward business success, here’s why;
Its important to celebrate success, we’re up to our necks in quick sand deserts of bad news stories. When given the chance to raise a glass, we should take that opportunity by the scruff of those bow tied or pearled necks and scream HELL YEAH, well done, great job, you did it.
Celebrating success is the antidote to having to deal with failure, set backs and sacrifices. And those who enjoy the greatest success have taken this unholy trinity of challenges and said No, No, No to each of them. They have persevered, demonstrated grit and delivered the goods.
The nominated Charity for the night was Prostrate Cancer, an illness that will affect one in eight men during their lives and if not detected soon enough claims one of those lives every 45 minutes.
The first recognition was the President’s Award. Chamber President Saqib presented the annual award to the CEO of St Basils. Recognised by a previous International Relief Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell MP as a world authority on homelessness, Jean Templeton explained to a packed hall 3 “our aim at St Basils is to design out homelessness.’
Dinner from the amazing Amadeus team was served after grace from Bishop David Urquhart who said ‘Hope is a better word than optimism, and faith is the hope of things to come.’
#GBCCAward19 was a game changer for business events. If there was ever a template for event excellence, it was carved into rock at Birmingham ICC on 11th April 2019
Aston Performing Arts entertained and educated with a breath taking performance which addressed young lives lost through knife crime. They are a world class outfit and a world apart from anything you expect at a corporate event.
Even the ICC staff were stopped in their tracks by the performance. Something I have never seen in a decade delivering photography at this prestigious venue in Birmingham’s Westside.
Ed James invited them back onto stage for a very well deserved standing ovation saying they were ‘From Birmingham for Birmingham with unparralled passion and energy.’
Midlands Mayor Andy Street addressed the room underlining his confidence in our region “…we can take the future into our own hands.” Quoting Rudyard Kipling he added ‘if we can keep our heads, we can create some thing special here in the Midlands.’
Lets look at the full list of winners:
Excellence in the Community – Birmingham St Marys Hospice
Excellence in Customer Service – Handle Kingdom Ltd
Excellence in Hospitality – Conference Aston
Excellence in International Business – AFL Architects
Excellence in Manufacturing – KEP Print Group
Excellence in People Development – National Express
Excellence in Retail – Loki Wine
Excellence in Sales and Marketing – Amplify
Excellence in Technology & Innovation – MET Cloud
Excellence in Training & Education – Services for Education
Greater Birmingham Business of the Year 2019- Amplify
Congratulations to all finalists and winners especially Amplify who were crowned Business of the Year. They are a fabulous team providing an upgrade to live experiences across the NEC group. Its a service I’ve purchased on two occasions and is highly recommended.
Waking up to the news, young leaders from the Chamber Henrietta Bealey, Anna Assinder and Mark Hipwell have been recognised as three of 30under30 to watch illustrates the future is in good hands.
A fabulous night in Brum and a new bench mark reached for delivering an Awards Event.
One of the evening’s many special touches was a recognition of the sponsors, without whom, an event of this magnitude would not be possible.
It was inspiring to see a theme of tackling homelessness and knife crime threaded throughout the evening from Saqib’s speech on business as a force for good to Jean Templeton’s award and the performance from Aston Performing Arts.
It was a pleasure to be a part of it, enjoy the full set of images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92331272@N06/sets/72157677677910927
Join the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce: https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/membership/apply-to-become-a-member/
Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham, a Trustee for LoveBrum, the charity for a better Birmingham and contributor to the Asian Today newspaper.
@jassansi 07930 837 505