PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | BUSINESS AWARDS
BLACK COUNTRY CHAMBER’S AWARD EVENING IS ANOTHER RESOUNDING SUCCESS
The annual Black Country Chamber Awards at Wolverhampton racecourse were hailed a resounding success following incredible feedback.
The prestigious awards were hosted by comedian and celebrity impressionist, Aaron James, who spent December appearing in the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington.
Amongst the night of pure entertainment, 14 overall awards celebrated Black Country companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the business community and the region as a whole.
X-Factor runner up, Dancing on Ice finalist and Eurovision star, Saara Aalto, performed a series of songs, culminating in the Finnish version of Disney’s global hit movie ‘Frozen’, in which she voiced the main character, Princess Ana.
Guests were wowed by a modern, new laser dance performance and were magically mystified by Mentalist and Magician, Katherine Mills, who is one of the very few females in The Magic Circle and gain her own prime time show in the UK.
The Black Country Chamber Awards have always been renowned for the extensive judging process and are the perfect way to celebrate and showcase the region’s diverse and dynamic business community.
They allow the Chamber to show businesses that their efforts have been recognised by the wider community but allow them to promote the Black Country as a healthy place to invest and do business with.
Over the years, the Chamber has played a significant role in generating regional, national and international opportunities and making sure the local community links stay strong.
Over 4,000 people voted for the overall ‘Business of the Year’, sponsored by DY5, Dudley’s Business & Innovation Enterprise Zone. The winner, Klick Business Solutions, was chosen on the night through a combination of the judges and public vote.
Meanwhile over £6,000 was raised for the chosen charity of the evening, Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides palliative nursing care and support to babies, young children and young adults, with life-threatening conditions.
Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “The 14 categories were created to reflect the region’s growing business economy and to showcase the wonderful businesses within it. I would like to thank everyone who entered, it was a difficult process for the judges and the winners are very well deserved.
“I would also like to thank the sponsors and partners for their support – especially the headline partner, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. It was a delight to see so many people supporting the Awards and wanting to be a part of the event, so much so, we even had to release more tickets to accommodate the high demand!
“The Awards are only set to get bigger and better and I am excited to see what this year will have in store!”
Vicky Price, Associate Director, Development and Communications at the Grand Theatre said, “The evening was bigger and better than in previous years and a fantastic night was had by all. As the headline sponsor, it allowed us to showcase the wonderful productions and projects we produce at The Grand as well as introducing this year’s pantomime comedian Aaron James.”