An award-winning business, KMB Shipping Group, has joined the Black Country Chamber’s Platinum Group, just days after being honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Excellence in International Trade. 

Sandwell based KMB, just one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised, and the only one in the Black Country with the prestigious award announced in May, help businesses around the world to transport their goods via road, sea and air. 

From freight forwarding to providing total transport solutions, including worldwide road, sea and air freight options, export documentation, customs clearances and comprehensive cargo insurance. Its director Paul Hull said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be joining the Platinum Group. It’s a fantastic opportunity and we’re looking forward to meeting more fellow Platinum members and working even closer with the Black Country Chamber.”


Offering tailored solutions since 1987, the group has an extensive portfolio of support services which has not only earned them their recent Queen’s Award but also the title of Small Business of the Year in both 2018 and 2019. 

Gail Arnold, who heads up the Chamber’s premium membership groups said, “I am delighted to welcome Paul and the team at KMB into the Platinum Group.  

“They have been recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for excellence in international trade and boasting a 708% increase in international sales over the six-year qualifying time, is testament to the team’s hard work, especially over the last 12 months which has been an exceptionally tough year, so I am delighted to have them join the Platinum Group.” 



Leading training provider and Black Country Chamber Patron member, In-Comm Training, has been working closely with the environmental water company, and Chamber Platinum Group member Nant Ltd, to provide apprentices for the Bilston based company which oversees water safety services across its client base of care homes, local authorities, hotels and educational organisations.  

Meeting through their Black Country Chamber of Commerce membership, Carl Baker, Managing Director of Nant said he’d been delighted with apprentices that In-Comm had provided to Nant since the relationship between the two companies was forged in August 2019. 

Carl told Prosper, “In-Comm has been our recruitment choice for all of our helpdesk apprentices, they provide dependable consistent service and are extremely helpful in ensuring the right candidates are selected. Our apprentices thoroughly enjoy their training programmes, they are relevant and adapted to their learning needs. We look forward to continuing working alongside In-Comm for our future recruitment.” 

In-Comm apprentice, Ethan Morris aged 19 said, “In-Comm has been a great experience for me over the past year, providing me with opportunities to learn new skills and get involved with hands-on training whilst meeting new and interesting people.” 

In-Comm Training, one of the UK's leading training providers, delivers employer-led support to more than 450 companies across the country. The company, which has three technical academies in the Black Country and Shropshire, has a strong engineering and manufacturing focus, training 750 apprentices every year and upskilling more than 2000 learners. 

Nant apprentice Mya Gordon, who is currently working through a two-year apprenticeship for business administration level 2 said, “In-Comm has been a great support to me over the last few months and they have provided me with many opportunities. Attending their training sessions has really helped me develop my skills and knowledge.” 

Gail Arnold, Head of Premium membership at the Chamber said, “Introducing businesses to one another and seeing them work so successfully on a collaborative basis is what the Patron and Platinum Groups are all about, companies and their leaders build long-lasting relationships which are mutually beneficial. 

“The Patron and the Platinum Group provides an exclusive platform for businesses to come together and tackle challenges that impact their organisations and explore opportunities to improve the region’s prospects.

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The Platinum Groups provide an exclusive platform for business leaders and senior-level representatives to come together and tackle challenges which impact their organisation and explore opportunities to improve the region’s prospects. Throughout the pandemic, the group has met virtually to discuss and tackle some of the most pressing and important issues businesses have faced in many years.

Meeting regularly, the Platinum Group members benefit from confidential peer-to-peer discussions and learning, the chance to gain perspectives from other sectors and businesses and build long-lasting relationships.

To discuss the Platinum Groups and how membership can help and enhance your business, please contact Gail Arnold, Head of Premium Memberships - 07810 377819

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