Five winners from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which took place in June, have successfully gone on to claim their category in the West Midlands heats of the British Chamber Business Awards 2016.
Two companies from Redditch were successful in the regional heats: Bee Lighting Ltd was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award and Gemporia became the regional winner for the Best Use of Technology. Vision Labs Limited in Kidderminster won the Commitment to People Development Award, RGS Worcester became the regional winner in the Education and Business Partnership category and Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited, also from Worcester, took away the award for Exporter of the Year.
Now in their 13th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, and they pay tribute to the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.
Companies in Worcestershire claimed five out of the seven regional categories for the West Midlands, showing the strength of businesses in the county. These companies will now go forward to represent the West Midlands in the National Finals, which take place in London in November.
John Pitt, Headmaster at RGS Worcester, said: “We are simply delighted to have won a Regional Award for our partnership with Business which reflects the outstanding careers offering at RGS Worcester. Our relationship with business is key to offering our students the best advice, work experience and career opportunities available and we are very pleased that this has been recognised in the region as well as the two counties. We look forward to taking part in the National Finals in November now.”
Mike Ashton, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am delighted that five winners from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards have gone on to win the award for the West Midlands in their category. In 2015, two Worcestershire businesses were runners up in the British Chamber Business Awards and in 2014, Worcester based Titania won the Small Business of the Year Award, becoming a National Winner.
The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate our business community’s achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of local companies and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps – I look forward to seeing our county’s businesses represented on the National stage in November and I wish all five companies the best of luck.”