21 Oct 2021

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Midlands Engine Investment Fund to sponsor award recognising small business success

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce have named The Midlands Engine Investment Fund as sponsors of the Small Business of the Year Award at their annual business awards reception later this year.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds.

Senior Manager for Comms at the British Business Bank, Lauren Tunnicliffe said, “The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is committed to transforming the finance landscape for smaller businesses across the region.

“We’ve already invested over £130m through our seven fund managers, with a growing number of funding packages provided to businesses in the Black Country – fuelling innovation, business growth and creating jobs.

“The fund is proud to support the Black Country Chamber of Commerce as it gears up for one of its biggest campaigns yet.

"Black Country 2.0 and its annual awards are a great opportunity to champion the area’s business and professional community which continues to show its characteristic resilience and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Winners will be announced at an Awards Reception following the Black Country 2.0 Business Conference on November 11th.

The region’s longest running business support organisation will announce winners in ten categories from those businesses and leaders who have faced tremendous adversity in recent months but have shown amazing resilience and ingenuity and achieved astonishing turn around results during the pandemic.

To find out more about this years’ awards and how to join the celebrations online visit: https://www.bcccawards.co.uk/



The Chamber’s biggest campaign in its 180-year history, Black Country 2.0, is an initiative launched earlier this year to focus the Chamber’s lobbying and business support work and helping its members to reboot and rebuild whilst enabling businesses to rebound as they navigate the end of the Brexit transition period and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Conference will be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse on the 11th of November and will feature a range of speakers from the business and policy world and a small physical audience, it will be followed by the Black Country 2.0 Awards Reception for shortlisted applications.

Both events will be streamed virtually for those unable to attend the physical events.

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