The Signature Awards 2020 toast the success stories of the region.
Jas Sansi was there to capture all the action.
Westside Business Improvement District (BID) covers the area surrounding Broad Street and Brindleyplace. It’s BID status is up for re-election in May 2020. The election allows BID Levy payers to continue supporting its great work.
I’m a huge fan of BIDs. They ensure the safety of visitors to the area by developing close working relationships with emergency services. They co-ordinate deep cleans of the pavements, organise wardens, taxi marshalls and a host of other services that make life better.
Westside BID is home to a number of world class institutions such as the Library of Birmingham, Symphony Hall and ICC Birmingham. These are invaluable assets to the success of Brum as the regional capital of the West Midlands. You can therefore appreciate why the work of the BID is vital.
ICC Birmingham hosted the Signature Awards last night. The annual awards have grown exponentially in its five years. The Social Media hashtag has to reflect the location given Ninder Johal and his team now deliver the event in the East Midlands and London as well as Brum. Manchester is in the pipeline, but last night it was announced Signature Awards head to India in 2022.
This is very exciting news and I have every confidence this will be the biggest trade mission Birmingham has delivered to Asia. New Delhi is the political hub of India and it’ll be fascinating to see how the Signature Awards is received in the capital.
The Signature Awards is entertaining, informative, engaging and an opportunity to expand and develop networks whilst raising individual profiles. Neil Hamilton-Taylor from the Social Media Academy emailed me this morning, I learned the social media reach of The Signature Awards last night was a staggering five million.
In the battle for on line attention and eyes, Signature Awards is second to none.
Here’s a few personal highlights from the inspiring line up of winners:
Excellence in Financial Services – Falcon Insurance
This one made me smile. The team are headed up by Pinder Singh Dhaliwal who celebrated his 50th birthday this week. I can’t think of a nicer birthday present.
It’s going to be a good year for Pinder, his football team is Liverpool so those birthday celebrations will continue into the month of May when they parade their first Premiership title.
Excellence in Financial Services (Individual) – Mandeep Rajput
This has been a remarkable week for Mandeep from Virgin Money. He hosted the company’s CEO David Duffy in Birmingham at their Virgin Money store on New Street.
The coverage of the visit on his Linkedin account went through the roof with 13,000 views. His win marked a return to the awards for Mandeep who won the Financial and Banking category in year one. Great work Mandeep.
Excellence in Legal Services (Individual) – Vic Younis
Awards are like buses, you wait ages and then two come along at once. Popular young lawyer Vic Younis was identified as a Rising Star in Law at this week’s British Muslim Awards.
The Individual category for Excellence in Legal Services afforded Vic a very well deserved double.
Excellence in Creative and Design – HDY Agency
I’ve known Ed James for over a decade and have enjoyed listening and watching him work. He heads up HDY Agency and led the team to the ICC stage at Hall 4 to accept this award.
One of their great products is an event video capturing service, edited in real time and played back at the end of the event, this is a game changer. Having spent many long nights in post production, this service alone is worthy of the award. Great job HDY.
Entrepreneur of the Year – Gurpreet Bassi
Gurpreet is CEO of Bond Wolf Auctions who celebrated their first anniversary last week. And what a year it has been. The company’s property auctions held on a regular basis are huge and attract the attention of national media. A number of Gurpreet’s team can be seen on BBC Homes under the Hammer when filming in Brum.
If you ever pop into their office on Colmore Row and you’re a fan of the programme, take an autograph book with you. Congratulations Gurpreet, Singha beers in Metro Bar are on you.
Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion – Irwin Mitchell
This is an award the national Law firm have made their own. Irwin Mitchell recently moved from Temple Street to the Colmore Building and this award is, I believe, the first one to mark the beginning of a new era.
Irwin Mitchell have demonstrated unrivalled commitment in this category and were one of the first major professional firms to support Birmingham Pride.
Well done to all finalists who made the final cut and congratulations to the winners who woke up this morning nursing a coveted Signature Awards trophy.
I look forward to the Signature Awards Birmingham 2021 and have already began to pack for Signature Awards India in 2022.
The full set of images can be seen here: https://t.co/CxFgnNiOCw?amp=1
Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham, a Trustee for LoveBrum and contributor to The Asian Today newspaper.
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