To succeed in life whether it is for an individual or an entrepreneur – focus and resilience is key.
This was the cry from the keynote speaker Paresh Davdra and host Ninder Johal at the Signature Awards held at the ICC on the 7th Feb in front of an audience in excess of 590 people.
Co-Founder of Rational FX, Mr Davdra described the challenges in growing a business in a competitive environment and how to cope with scaling a business to reach a turnover. He spoke about the changing global space in a post Brexit era and how to encourage entrepreneurship and enterprise. He also spoke about the importance of recruiting and retaining talent in an ever-tightening labour market and on the importance of creativity when taking on new employees.
The recently appointed Deputy Lieutenant Ninder Johal who is a board member of the Black Country LEP and the West Midlands Growth Company observed that despite the uncertainty around Brexit, the region had several positives including being a test bed for 5G, the greatest number of start up’s outside London and despite the problems around JLR, the automotive and aerospace sectors continue to remain strong. He also pointed to collaborative partnership working amongst the political parties in the region who are aligned to the benefit of the region rather than based on political ideology. He spoke about the need for businesses to be part of their community and to be more proactive in ensuring that their voice is heard in an ever-increasing uncertain world.
The winners on the night included:
Enzen are a global company that provides consulting, technology, engineering and innovation services to the Energy and Water industries with offices in UK, India, Australia, USA, Spain, Turkey, Middle East, Africa and Kazakhstan.
Based in Solihull, the company formed back in 2006 was to make water and energy accessible, affordable and to reduce the inefficient use of energy and water by leveraging passion, empathy and knowledge to provide people with access to life essentials.
The sponsors on the night included Headline sponsors Investec Wealth and Investment, Rational FX, Capital Care Group, Cobra Beer, Crowe, The Football Association, Diamond Dealer Direct, BCRS, Dunton Environmental, Kings Real Estate, Oxbridge, Pathway Group, Elonex, Birmingham City University, Vision Design and Print, Gloss, Willis Towers Watson and the University of Wolverhampton with official transport partners – Ola Cabs.
The charity Acorns raised £13,000 and the event was hosted by Tommy Sandhu.