Sandwell Business Awards 2016 winners on stage holding their trophies

The very best business talent and innovation was celebrated last night at The Sandwell Business Awards ceremony.

The high-profile event at Sandwell College’s Central Campus in West Bromwich was hosted by ITV Central’s lively weather presenter Des Coleman.

Students from the college’s Creative Industries department also entertained ceremony guests with musical performances.

Winners on the night were…

  • Gender Equality Matters won the Start-up Business in Sandwell Award, sponsored by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce
  • On Call Opticians won the Business Innovation Award, presented by main sponsor Liberty Engineering
  • Creative Academies Network won the Contribution to the Local Community Award, presented by Sandwell Visually Impaired
  • The Phoenix Collegiate won the Education Business Award, presented by Sandwell College Chair of Governors Ken Ellis
  • Direct Corporate Clothing won the Sandwell’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Business Award, presented by Think Sandwell
  • Sirus won the Commitment to Apprenticeships Award, presented by the Apprenticeships Ambassador Network
  • Lee Farrington of Dolphin Lifts (Midlands) won The Sandwell Business Person of the Year Award, presented by main sponsor Liberty Engineering

Sandwell College Principal and Chief Executive, Graham Pennington, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people celebrating success. I want to thank all our employers and the council for the experience and support you have given to our students over the years, helping to improve the life chances and the economic prosperity of our learners, community and businesses.”

The Sandwell Business Awards, now in its fourth year with more nominations than ever before, celebrates the successes of Sandwell businesses and the people that make the borough a great place to live, work, train and learn.

The awards were made possible through the collaborative partnership of Sandwell College, Sandwell Council, Sandwell Business Solutions Centre and The Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

Special thanks go to the event’s main sponsor Liberty Engineering, the category sponsors Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Apprenticeships Ambassador Network, and MiGlass, who manufactured the glass awards at their factory in Smethwick.

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