Chamber award for Chair Andy Street
Presenting the award, Chamber President Greg Lowson said: “We have probably the best LEP in the country, and Andy can take significant credit for that success. His role there and in everything he does behind the scenes to promote this city and region is the best example I can think of ‘putting something back’ and ‘going the extra mile’.”
Andy said: “Whilst it is and honour to be recognised in this way the real praise must go to the LEP Board and Executive for their hard work over the last 5 years. Moreover our progress is only possible because of the tremendous efforts of all of “team Greater Birmingham”. Our current success should give us the confidence to push on even further and faster.”
Pictured L to R: Gyles Brandreth, Andy Street and Greg Lowson
All the winners are as follows:
Excellence in international business
ATP ATRS Ltd: ATP is a Cannock based business which is a re-manufacturer of automatic transmissions and vehicle electronics. The company exports all over the world – exports makes up two thirds of its business, and its products are shipped to some 35 countries.
Excellence in retail
(Sponsor: West Midlands Forces’ & Cadets’ Association)
Selfridges Birmingham: Over the past three years Selfridges has been undertaking the transformation of its store through a £20 million “masterplan” of redevelopment, overhauling its shopping experience for customers. The store is home to more than 100,000 product lines and over 700 brands.
Excellence in social media
(Sponsor: ADI Group)
Great Escape Cars: Their core product is classic car hire and have grown from £250,000 in 2012 to a projected turnover of £750,000 this year. A contract to supply a number of classic cars to major BBC TV series has been renewed each year from 2013 and social media and on-line marketing have been critical in their growth.
Excellence in people development
Arup: Arup is a professional services company which employs more than 13,000 globally. One aspect of its vision for the business is to ‘be the best place to work’ and a key priority is open, transparent and honest communication with its staff. Arup also operates a university, to further the skills, learning and development of its staff.
Katie Bard: Katie Bard is a recruitment and training firm which puts its performance down to the personal development of its employees. Staff turnover rates at the company are well below the industry average, and the company offers a number of internships and placements during the course of the year.
Excellence in customer service
Unity Trust Bank: Underpinned by strong people values and policies, Unity Trust Bank operates socially responsible banking, providing services to organisations within the social sector, such as charities, trade unions and social enterprises. Headquartered in Birmingham, it prides itself on being customer driven.
Excellence in Innovation
Pinsent Masons LLP: Pinsent Masons is a full-service commercial law firm with a range of clients from local, national and international private companies to public sector organisations. Following the merger with Scottish market-leader McGrigors in 2012, the firm has enjoyed a rapid period of expansion, opening offices in Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Sydney and Melbourne.
Excellence in contributing to the community
(Sponsor: University of Birmingham)
Witton Lodge Community Association: The Association was established in 1994 by local residents for the benefit of the community living in Perry Common. The association is involved in a wide range of activities, from looking after two local parks (Witton Lakes and Brookvale Park) to an anti-crime project, as well as various initiatives to help with employment and the health and well-being of local residents.