New Business of the Year – HDY Agency
PR, marketing and branding agency HDY was founded in 2018 by Heart FM broadcaster Ed James and experienced marketing professional Angel Gaskell. It has built up an impressive roster of national and global clients which span sectors such as beauty, finance, technology, education, travel and tourism and retail.
The Digbeth-based agency is also rolling out work experience, personal development and diversity and inclusion programmes over the coming months and is working to become carbon neutral.
Small Business of the Year – Ark Media Productions
Ark Media Productions is a video production company that helps clients to communicate with their audiences through engaging videos that make an impact.
Television adverts, social media campaigns, internal communications and e-learning training are provided to businesses and the third sector and last year the Sutton Coldfield company created videos for 65 clients, went on 145 shoots and clocked up 270,400 minutes in the editing suite. Its recent growth has prompted a move into new premises and team expansion.
Manufacturing Business of the Year – AE Aerospace
AE Aerospace is a Birmingham-based, make-to-print subcontract precision machining company for the aerospace and marine, civil and defence industries. The company manufactures low-to-medium volume prototype components, through to original equipment and higher volume manufacturing.
Investments into the employees, facilities and tools has enabled the business to grow over the past seven years, with the team members being the driving force for new opportunities and development. Despite the pandemic, AE Aerospace saw its book continue to grow as orders increased from outside of the UK.
Property and Construction Business of the Year – Court Collaboration
Operating from Colmore Row in the heart of Birmingham, Court Collaboration is one of the city’s leading independent property developers. The company assists clients and investors in developing property and finding suitable buyers and collaborates with stakeholders to manage the entire property deal, from initial concept to the final ribbon cutting.
Since its establishment 11 years ago, the business has been responsible for creating key developments such as Toy Box, The Franklin in Bournville and The Sutton in Sutton Coldfield. It recently successfully achieved practical completion on the largest two developments in its history, The Axium and Arden Gate apartment schemes in Birmingham.
Professional Services Firm of the Year – Gateley
In 2015, Gateley became the first UK law firm to float on AIM since when both headcount and revenue have doubled, with more than 1,000 people employed across 11 locations. Its Birmingham head office has provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses since it was founded in 1808 it now has more than 400 professionals based there.
The business has acted for many well-known organisations including Gymshark, Diageo, Birmingham City University and Dudley Council and last year appointed Rod Waldie as its new chief executive and created a bespoke real estate dispute resolution service.
International Trade and Export Award/Company of the Year – Binding Site
Binding Site was founded in the 1980s by a group of researchers based at University of Birmingham and is today recognised as a market leader in the research, development, manufacture and distribution of products used for the detection of cancers and immune disorders.
With a direct presence in over 25 countries and product sales through business partners in more than 100 countries, it is committed to improving patient lives worldwide through education, collaboration and innovation. It employs more than 1,100 people worldwide, with more than 730 based at its flagship headquarters in Edgbaston.
Third Sector Organisation of the Year – Forward Carers CIC
Social enterprise Forward Carers CIC is funded by local authorities, NHS partners and charitable grants. It is committed to creating carer friendly communities and is the founder and lead partner of Birmingham Carers Hub to provide more than 18,000 carers with advice, support and wellbeing services.
Unpaid carers are everyday heroes who put the needs of their loved ones ahead of their own. Forward Carers steps in early and stays with the carers throughout their journey, providing free support services tailored to each family’s unique situation.
CSR Project of the Year – Edgbaston Stadium
Edgbaston Stadium is one of the leading venues in world cricket and also a popular choice for corporate and social events. It was forced to close its doors at the beginning of the pandemic so staff adapted operations to ensure the stadium could play an enhanced role in the community.
Its car park was utilised as a national drive-through covid-19 testing centre and the exhibition hall was transformed into a food sorting and distribution hub. Staff partnered with Thrive Together Birmingham to volunteer more than 720 hours to store and repackage over 16 tonnes of food and the Toys4Birmingham campaign which received 16,500 toys to help those struggling to buy presents.
Young Businessperson of the Year – Phil Davis, 3D Facilities Support
3D Facilities Support is a family-run business specialising in facilities management and innovative engineering solutions. At the age of 25, Phil Davis has already amassed nine years of experience in engineering, managing his own team, sales and business strategy.
He joined the business at 16 as a trainee apprentice and has developed an abundance of qualifications to advance through job roles and has just completed a building services engineering degree at university. His current role as service manager sees him managing his own team of 14 engineers, sub-contractors and premium clients and he has also developed strong links with local technical colleges as he is an advocate for developing youth skills.
Covid Defiance Award – 24-7 Locks
24-7 Locks provides security products to victims of domestic and sexual violence which enable them to remain in their own homes. With domestic violence victims at greater risk during the lockdowns and the work being on behalf of local authorities, the business continued the essential service with staff classed as key workers.
Home Office funding for the ‘Safer Streets’ scheme, aimed at improving household security, prompted the company to hire more staff, acquire news premises and expand its vehicle fleet. The company achieved the security assessments and fit upgrades at approximately 4,000 homes in the time frame set out by the Home Office.