Black Country Chamber Announces 2019 Awards Winners

18 Nov 2019

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

The annual Black Country Chamber Awards came to a close last night (Friday 15 November) at Wolverhampton Racecourse in a flurry of celebrations and well wishes to the new 2019 winners!

The prestigious Awards were hosted by comedian and celebrity impressionist, Aaron James, who is starring in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington.

Amongst a night of pure entertainment, 14 overall awards celebrated Black Country companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the business community and the region as a whole.

X-Factor runner up, Dancing on Ice finalist and Eurovision star, Saara Aalto, performed a series of songs, culminating in the Finnish version of Disney’s global hit movie ‘Frozen’, in which she voiced the main character, Princess Ana.

Guests were wowed by a modern, new laser dance performance and were magically mystified by Mentalist and Magician, Katherine Mills, who is the one of the few females in The Magic Circle and gain her own prime-time show in the UK. Julie Cunningham, president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “I would like to acknowledge all of our finalists.

The Black Country Chamber Awards are renowned for the extensive judging process, so to have reached this milestone is an achievement in itself. I would also like to congratulate all the 2019 winners, who are outstanding and deserve their moment in the spotlight.

“The Black Country Chamber Awards are the perfect way to celebrate and showcase the region’s diverse and dynamic business community.

It not only allows us to show businesses that their efforts have been recognised by the wider community but allows us to promote the Black Country as a healthy place to invest and do business with.

“Over the years, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in generating regional, national and international opportunities and making sure our local community links stay strong. We believe that business is done better together.”

The winners of the Black Country Chamber Awards are:

1. HIGH GROWTH BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Simworx

2. EDUCATION & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AWARD - Black Country Living Museum

3. COMMUNITY CHAMPION - Impact Sales Coaching

4. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - KLICK BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD

5. LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - The Mount Hotel

6. FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Dolphin Lifts

7. START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - SAVESTA CONSTRUCTION

8. EXPORT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Simworx

9. SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD - Digital Imaging Services

10. YOUNG PERSON OR APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD - Jamie Wilkes

11. EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING - Industrial Power Units (IPU)

12. CUSTOMER COMMITMENT AWARD - STK Fire and Security

13. BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Martin Dudley

14. BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – KLICK BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD


Over 4000 people voted for the overall ‘Business of the Year’, sponsored by DY5, Dudley’s Business & Innovation Enterprise Zone. The winner, Klick Business Solutions, was chosen on the night through a combination of the judges and the publics votes. Over £6,000 was raised for the chosen charity of the evening, Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides palliative nursing care and support to babies, young children and young adults, with life threatening conditions.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “The 14 categories were created to reflect the region’s growing business economy and to showcase the wonderful businesses within it. I would like to thank everyone who entered the Awards and congratulate the winners. It was a difficult process for the judges and the winners are very well deserved.

“I would also like to thank the sponsors and partners for their support – especially the headline partner, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. It has been a delight to see so many people supporting the Awards and wanting to be a part of the event, so much so, we even had to release more tickets to accommodate the high demand!

“The Awards are only set to get bigger and better and I am excited to see what the 2020 will have in store!”

Vicky Price, Associate Director, Development and Communications at the Grand Theatre said, “The evening was bigger and better than ever this year, and a fantastic night was had by all. As the headline sponsor, it allowed us to showcase the wonderful productions and projects we produce at The Grand as well as introducing this year’s pantomime comedian Aaron James. As the host of this year’s event, I’m sure you all agree he kept us entertained all evening. We’re already looking forward to next year!”

Alongside headline sponsor Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, this year’s sponsors include: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Black Country Business Festival, MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Walsall College, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Sandwell College, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Associate Events, Crowe UK, Growth Hub, Burke Bros Moving Group , MSV Consultancy, Dudley College, DY5, MET Recruitment, Casino 36 and Klick Business Solutions.

For details about next years sponsorship, contact Sarah Johnson on 01902 912 304 or email hello@bcccawards.co.uk. More information about the award, visit the website: www.bcccawards.co.uk.


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