From leading engineering companies and High Street banks to national broadcasters and chartered accountants, the variety of sponsors getting behind the Birmingham Business Excellence Awards is impressive.
Now, one of the city’s leading higher education establishments adds to this as it’s confirmed that Birmingham City University is proudly on board as the sponsor behind the SME of the Year award.
The category welcomes entries from any business with no more than 75 full-time employees and has made a demonstrable contribution to the local economy. It’s one of the 15 awards that will be acknowledged during an official awards ceremony on Thursday 7 November at the ICC.
And the university, who currently welcome over 24,000 students from more than 100 countries, will be choosing its three winners.
Nassim Balbaly is the Head of Business School at the university and explained their involvement with the category.
“Building a successful SME business is a long and sometimes arduous journey,” he acknowledged.
“At Birmingham City University we recognise that SME growth is integral to successful regional economies, local communities and entrepreneurs, which is why we fully support the SME of the Year Award.”
When nominations close, all applications will be passed into the hands of the university who will be looking for a number of notable characteristics in a winner including prospective growth, development plans and employment opportunities.
Birmingham City University’s expertise ranges from world-class music education at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and being the Midlands’ largest trainer of undergraduate nurses to educating the business leaders of tomorrow.
And Mr Balbaly attributed this as the biggest contribution the university makes to the local business community.
“Through the courses we run and the skills we develop we are proud to be training the today’s talent for the business challenges of tomorrow,” he added.
“Over the coming year we look to continue supporting the thousands of young people who graduate from Birmingham City University in their ambitions.”