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  • Black Country Chamber Awards

Final week for Black Country Chamber Awards business heroes’ nominations

This year, the annual Black Country Chamber Business Awards is taking on a different focus, with the ceremony, on Friday 13 November, celebrating the business heroes of the region.

The Chamber is looking for nominations of employees and businesses in the Black Country that have made a significant contribution to the community during the pandemic. Supplying PPE to key workers, manufacturing new products such as masks or visors, or creating a new home delivery service are just a few examples.

The awards have been open to nominations since 3 August and there is now just one week left for entries to be submitted before the closing date on Friday 11 September at 5pm.

Nominations must be made through the Black Country Chamber Awards website and there are 13 categories to enter, with no limit on the number that can be entered. Headline Partner, the University of Wolverhampton has contributed three of the categories.

Large Business

Small Business

Family Business

International Trade

Start-Up Business – sponsored by Forresters

Retail Resilience

Business Hero of the Year

Young Business Hero of the Year

Collaboration & Partnership

Outstanding Key Worker

Adaptability & Innovation – the University of Wolverhampton

Kindness in the Community – the University of Wolverhampton

Exceptional Employee or Team – the University of Wolverhampton

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Patent and trade mark attorneys, Forresters is sponsoring the Start-Up business category. Partner, Emma Johnson said, “Forresters has been part of the local business community for more than 135 years, which is why we are delighted to be sponsoring one of the Black Country Chamber Awards 2020. We consider it a real honour to help recognise the incredible achievements we have seen from businesses over the last year.

“The Black Country has a lot to celebrate. Through sponsoring the Start-Up Business award we have seen how a number of new businesses in the region have adapted to support the national efforts during the pandemic. Also, these new businesses have stood firm against the challenges they have faced, demonstrating incredible resilience and determination to succeed.”

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “The Chamber has been recognising the valiant work of the businesses and individuals in the Black Country since the pandemic began and we are delighted to use the Awards as a formal way of celebrating these outstanding efforts.

“The Awards will be even more special this year and so far there has been a great response with many fantastic nominations. But there is only a week left to get submissions in, so I would encourage everyone to nominate their heroes to be part of the most prolific celebration in the region.”

The Business Heroes Awards are open to all businesses in the Black Country (including non-Chamber members). Nominations and further details can be found on the website

Shortlisting will take place after nominations have closed and the finalists will be announced towards the end of September.

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