Our Main Sponsor Liberty Engineering is part of the global Liberty House Group and a manufacturer of automotive and engineered components. As one of the largest privately owned engineering enterprises in the United Kingdom, it consists of 25 businesses spread across 18 sites, and currently employs over 2,000 people. The group also trades with over 60 countries and has overseas locations in Poland and the USA.
Liberty Engineering delivers a range of solutions to customers mainly in the automotive, commercial vehicles, yellow goods, motorsport, general engineering, aerospace and construction sectors. The division’s capabilities covers products and services ranging from automotive pressings, precision steel strip, carbon composites, motor racing grade performance brakes, to super lightweight assemblies for aircraft engines, anti-vibration mounts for defence applications and materials testing services.
Liberty Engineering is one of five main divisions within Liberty House Group, a metals and industrial manufacturing business that has sites across 30 countries. The Group has an integrated approach to industrial manufacturing which covers the entire supply chain – from raw materials and metals production all the way to finished components and consumer targeted products. It has a strategy for reviving industry by applying its GREENSTEEL strategy which focuses on using sustainably generated energy to recycle metal scrap and convert it into engineered products for strategically important market sectors.
Sponsor of the Start up Business Award is The Black Country Chamber of Commerce, which supports small business with massive ambitions. The Chamber works closely with businesses of all sizes, but understands the pressures on smaller organisations and wants to help them achieve their ambitions.
You’d be surprised how much your business has in common with others, and the Chamber offers a New Business Package, aimed at companies that have been trading for less than a year. This package will feature dedicated support, advice and training for new companies.
If you have questions about running your business, then contact the Chamber on 0330 024 0820 or [email protected]
Sponsor of the Business Innovation Award is Sandwell Business Solutions Centre. Working in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, Sandwell College, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre’s aim is to provide a collaborative and innovative approach to boosting businesses, and is designed to make a positive economic impact on Sandwell and surrounding areas.
Sponsor of the Contribution to the Local Community Award is Paycare. Well respected not-for-profit Health Cash Plan provider, Paycare helps individuals, families and businesses across the Black Country to protect themselves against everyday healthcare costs. Paycare is also wholly committed to reinvesting money back into the business, with every spare penny not spent on enhancing services for Policyholders donated to worthwhile causes.
Sponsor of the Commitment to Apprenticeship Award is Sandwell Business Ambassadors, a group of business leaders in the Sandwell region who want to represent business interests in the area for small and medium-sized businesses. Currently comprised of nine regional business leaders, they formed with the aim to support local businesses by providing a voice to the council and wider business community. Members include Liberty Engineering Group, Sandwell Council, voestalpine Metsec , Sandwell College and Briggs Amasco. As successful professionals themselves, the Sandwell Business Ambassadors want to cultivate a thriving business base through supporting the borough from a number of different aspects. This includes communicating directly with the council on behalf of local businesses, representing Sandwell in the wider community and improving the lives of residents through engagement with schools, promoting opportunities and instigating initiatives to bridge the skills gap in the region.
Sponsor of the Top 50 Award is Sandwell Council
Sponsor of our awards is MiGlass, an award-winning boutique glass processor proudly based in Smethwick. With over 80 years of history MiGlass is one of the leading glass companies in the UK, specialising in decorative and high end products. Recent prestigious projects include involvement in the street mapping systems for London, New York and Birmingham, the New Street Station development and World Duty Free fit outs throughout the world.
Working from its 80ft² facility, MiGlass has a great history in innovation offering decorative, anti-reflective, sub assembled and many other specialist glasses in both high and low volume. MiGlass supplies glass all over the UK and exports 10% of its turnover to countries as diverse as France, Taiwan, Germany, USA and Canada.
Think Sandwell provides expertise and support to help businesses achieve their goals and create jobs and training opportunities in Sandwell. Think Sandwell’s Business Growth Team offer support and advice for every Sandwell business from start-ups to global companies and companies looking to invest in the borough. This is done by account managers for each business, giving them a “go to person” in the event of any queries, funding requests, property relocation, inward investment or general business advice. The team offers a “hands on” approach to business identifying support needs and opportunities for growth at an early stage.
Think Sandwell aims to build a sustainable local economy that provides businesses with the right environment in which they can thrive, in turn supporting local people with stable employment and new job opportunities, all contributing to Sandwell Council’s Vision 2030.
Sandwell Young Carers is a registered charity providing support to children and young people aged 5-18 and their families, living in Sandwell, whose health, education and social lives are affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.
Sandwell Young Carers provides a range of activities inclusive of onsite youth and play sessions, offsite day trips and residential weekends, advocacy, one to one support and group support.
As a charity Sandwell Young Carers relies heavily on the generosity of the community to continue our work with young carers.
Sponsor of our placeholders is Fab Lab. Fab Lab West Midlands – based at Central Sixth, Sandwell College – has a whole range of state-of-the-art digital manufacturing equipment, including 3D printers, precision laser cutters and moulding and milling equipment, through to electronic components, circuit boards, soldering irons and glue guns.