Welcome to the West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards! At the 2020 Awards, we crowned 12 fantastic businesses of different shapes and sizes from across various sectors of the economy. We had self-employed businesses showcase their talents alongside established larger businesses with up to 250 employees. The standard was fantastic and this year we hope to celebrate even more great businesses.
Dave is a proud FSB member and our host for the West Midlands Awards 2022 final.
During his glittering career as an award-winning MC, Dave has worked with the Royal Family, members of the government and a host of celebrities, industry leaders and VIPs from the world of business, television and sport.
He is also a presenter with the BBC and can be heard reporting on football matches and contributing to sports shows on local UK radio stations.
Dave is a familiar face at FSB events and we know you will enjoy his warm and engaging style.
My name is Ray Hickinbottom and I am a FSB Membership Advisor located in the West Midlands. I have been advising small businesses of the benefits of FSB membership for over 11 years, I am a member myself and joining FSB was the best business decision I have made
I advise business owners how FSB Membership can protect their business, save them money and help their business to grow through our various hubs and networking opportunities
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FSB West Midlands are hosting their Awards at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club. An excellent location in the West Midlands, nestled between Birmingham and Coventry, set within 10,000 acres of ancient woodland where deer roam free.
Awards Final Date Thursday 17 March 2022
Timings: 12noon Start - until 16:00
Dress Code: Business Attire
We're grateful to our headline and local sponsors who are helping us to keep the FSB Awards free to enter! Find out more about our headline sponsors here and our local sponsors below.
Aldermore Bank, backing people to fulfil life’s hopes and dreams
We champion equality by supporting the exceptions to the rule and getting finance to where it’s needed. We lend the money people save with us, to help small businesses to flourish by growing and creating employment, buying property and purchasing vehicles to get businesses moving.
Our award winning business savings accounts have consistently competitive rates combined with fast and simple account opening online for savings from £1,000.
We operate exclusively online, by phone and through networks.
Aldermore Group is part of FirstRand Group, the largest financial services group in Africa by market capitalisation.
Sky Connect is Sky’s new B2B broadband business, offering purpose-built business products, exceptional customer service and simple pricing with no hidden fees.
Targeted at small businesses, we offer ‘Connection Pro’ an automatic 4G internet back-up product and a digital phone service with more call management features than anyone else, to ensure our customers always stay connected.
Our customer service is industry-leading. Our residential Sky broadband, the second largest provider in the UK, has received fewer complaints to Ofcom over the past 10 years, on average, than any other supplier.
As part of the Comcast Group, we’re proud that the foundations for Sky Connect’s offering have been set by Comcast Business, one of the leading providers of business broadband in the United States, who serve more than 2 million customers, with over 15 years of sector experience.
Tyl is more than a merchant acquiring and payments solution. It was developed to bring together simple and transparent payments with market-leading technology to help businesses better serve their customers and communities.
FSB Insurance Service was launched by FSB in February 2018 as a Joint Venture, exclusively to serve FSB members. At the heart of the offering are the three key principles of delivering good advice, quality products and good value insurance services. FSB Insurance Service spends time with members to fully understand their needs, sourcing the most suitable product as a traditional insurance broker.
Since launch, FSB Insurance Service has welcomed over 45,000 members to its service and 100% of policyholders would recommend it to other members.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council works with partners and local businesses to help create jobs for residents through business retention, growth & new inward investment from the UK and abroad.
One of its key priorities is to support new and small businesses through innovative projects such as Venture House Business Centre the Council’s flagship project aimed at helping new and small businesses wishing to grow and make their first transition from a home based environment into a commercial setting. A full programme of business support activities is available from the Venture House Team.
Global Freight Services Ltd is an independently-owned freight forwarder with a successful 25-year track record of supporting businesses with all their international trade programmes.
It has a reputation for providing knowledgeable, tailored one-to-one advice to businesses with a particular focus on de-mystifying the complex process of international trade for SMEs.
Based in the heart of the Midlands, the award-winning Global Freight team offers a comprehensive range of services associated with worldwide logistics and transportation, including export, import and cross trade delivery by air, sea, road or courier.
The company embraces the latest technology, while also providing assistance with customs formalities, warehousing and packing.
With a growing demand from UK businesses to take their goods global, the company’s innovative, trustworthy and consultative approach often makes it the first choice for many business owners.
It’s network of agents boosted by strategic partnerships with Far East-based AerOceaNetwork (AON) and the Freight Lounge, means it has access to real-time shipping information on a global scale to ensure reliability.
If you want to talk about starting or expanding your international logistics programme, contact 01952 270 699.
Delivered by Aston Centre for Growth at Aston Business School, the Help to Grow: Management Course is a government-led leadership course for senior business leaders. Lasting 12-weeks the course is designed to help small and medium sized businesses across the UK develop their strategic skills, reach new customers, boost profits, be more resilient, increase capacity for innovation and elevate their growth potential. The course includes:
50 hours of in-depth training (delivered on-line and in-person)
Support to develop a targeted Growth Action Plan for your business
Networking with other ambitious business leaders
The course costs just £750. Find out more here.
Building Skills and Growth Capacity (BSGC), based at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) and part of the University of Chester’s Business School, works with businesses based in Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin in a variety of ways to support growth and development. Collaborating with training partners and education providers, the European Social Part Funded project offers professional support to businesses focused on skills development and future training requirements.
University Centre Shrewsbury offers high-quality teaching, learning and research, in Shropshire’s medieval and beautiful county town.
The team of experts can advise on flexible support options that can react to individual business needs. For further information, please visit: