The Birmingham Award’s 2016 shortlist is finally out!

Nominations are now closed for this year’s Birmingham Awards and voting is now open.

After receiving over 700 applications, we are finally excited to announce the shortlist of finalists up for the most prestigious awards Birmingham has to offer.

To vote for your favourite, please visit:

The Birmingham Awards present a unique opportunity to showcase the very best of Birmingham’s talent, from the biggest business to charities and the brightest young achiever to tech whizzes. After last year’s inaugural celebration, which was a smashing success, we received an even higher volume of hopeful applicants vying for best of Brum titles.

Winners will be announced at the glittery black tie ceremony at The Vox Conference Centre in Resorts World on Saturday 10th September.

Special thanks to everyone who applied and good luck to everyone below!

Shortlist Nominees:

Restaurant of the Year

Aria Restaurant – Hyatt Regency

El Borracho de Oro

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

OPUS Restaurant


Bar/Pub of the Year

Bubble Lounge – Hotel Du Vin

Island Bar

Post Office Vaults

The Craven Arms

The Farm – Solihull


National Retailer of the Year


Harvey Nichols

John Lewis




Independent Retailer of the Year

Isaac Charles Bridal House

McTunneys Traditional Sweets


Strichley Wines & Spirits

Vincent Van Doodle


Arts and Culture Award

Aston Performing Arts

BE Festival – The Rep Theatre

Circus Mash

Ikon Gallery

Punch Records

Business of the Year

Associated Architects

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Gemini Professional Financial Group Ltd

Hotel Du Vin

Temple QMS


Businessman of the Year

Abid Khan – Riverdale Insurance

James Wong – Chung Ying Restaurant

Sam Hufton – Ricemedia

Torquil Chidwick - Sabai Sabai

Tony Elvin – Hotel Du Vin


Businesswoman of the Year

Emma Larkin – All in All Events

Jackie Cummins – J21 Coaching

Leigh Perry – DMS Heart of England Music Academy

Sally Eaves – Aston University

Sheryl Miller – Stilettos Network


Community Initiative/ Charity/ Volunteer of The Year

CRIB Youth Centre

Midland Langar Seva Society

Mosaic (West Midlands)

NICE Charity – Centre For Movement Disorder

The Ladywood Furniture Project

Sporting Initiative of the Year

Aspire Sports

Birmingham County Football Association

BYSA - Birmingham Youth Sports Academy


Sporting Equals


Excellence in Media Award


Clive Reeves PR

Delicious PR


Sacha Brooks

Sameena Ali-Khan


Young Achiever of the Year

Khadeem Duncan-Banerjee – Duncan Performing Arts 

Neelam Heera – Cysters

Romanah Malcolm

Thomas Aleksander Kollen – Grumhe UK Limited

Vin Murria – X Forces

Small Business of the Year

Alan Sharman Agency

JE Consulting Ltd

Rhubarb Property


Word 360


Venue of the Year

De Vere Venues - Colmore Gate

Edgbaston Stadium

Hampton Manor

Hare and Hounds (Kings Heath)

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Social Enterprise of the Year

Common Purpose

First Class Legacy

Miss Macaroon

SEBD Solutions

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)


Blogger of the Year


Fashion Mommy

Full To The Brum

Midlands Beer Blog Collective



Contribution to Education Award

Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts

Kiran Trehan – University of Birmingham

Dr. Melanie Brown – Nice Charity

Shaun Hindle – Solihull College

Suzanne Virdee - Author


Excellence in Technology Award


Centric 360 Digital

Flaming Pumpkin

LMH Media Ltd

Shoes by Shaherazad

Lifetime Achievement Award and Brummie of The Year award categories will be announced on the night.

Tickets are still on sale for the Birmingham Awards at:



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