400 business leaders packed into Edgbaston Stadium on 9th November to celebrate the inaugural City of Birmingham Business Awards, hosted by Downtown Birmingham, and sponsored by the Partnership Lifestyle Club.

The gala awards dinner, presented by Ed James, rewarded some of the best businesses and business leaders in the City Region.

The big winners on the evening included Paul Cadman, Michele Wilby and Bart Dalton who won the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and Business Personality of the Year respectively.

The biggest prize on the evening went to Argent LLP who won the Business of the Year award.

Frank McKenna CEO of Downtown in Business commented: “It has been fantastic to reward all of the amazing businesses in the Birmingham City Region. The calibre of businesses in the city made a nomination for these awards an achievement in itself. I would like to congratulate all of the winners and wish all the nominees best of luck for next year when the COBBA’s will return.”

Celebrations went on long into the night, with a terrific set from Happy Monday’s icon Rowetta, followed by an aftershow party at the Malmaison Hotel.

The Winners are:

Female Networker of the Year – Rachel Eade, RED
Male Networker of the Year – Daniel Skermer, Park Regis
Employer of the Year – Edgbaston Stadium
Newcomer of the Year – Celsium Global Mobility Solutions
Business Development Manager of the Year – Beth Sadler, Aston Business School
Contribution to Transport and Infrastructure – Laura Shoaf, Transport for West Midlands
Bar of the Year – The Alchemist
Restaurant of the Year – Opus Restaurant

Venue of the Year – Birmingham Hippodrome
Hotel of the Year – Hotel Du Vin & Bistro
Community Impact Award – Lloyds Banking Group

Environmental & Sustainability Award – B&M Waste Services
PR & Marketing Agency of the Year – Urban Communications
Digital & Creative Business of the Year – Squibble Ltd
Legal Firm of the Year – Trowers & Hamlins
Recruitment Company of the Year – Ex-Forces Recruitment
Financial Services Provider of the Year – Investec Wealth & Investment Limited
Accountancy Firm of the Year – Grant Thornton UK LLP
Property & Construction Company of the Year – Bruntwood
Man of the Year – Paul Cadman, New Edge Interiors
Woman of the Year – Michele Wilby, Colmore Business District
Business Personality of the Year – Bart Dalton, Taurus Wealth Developments Ltd
Business of the Year -Argent LLP


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