Birmingham-based signage company Hollywood Monster is celebrating again after another award win. The team, led by Managing Director Tim Andrews, picked up the ‘CSR/Pride’ Award at the 2015 Business Masters Awards. 

The awards, held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, named Andrews and his Hollywood Monster team as the most meaningful philanthropists at the glittering ceremony. They beat off stiff competition from Miss Macaroon, Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), and Warwickshire County Cricket Club to win the award.

Experts in signage and graphics, Hollywood Monster is known for its dedication to the community; giving around £75,000 to local charities each year, via in-kind and cash donations. Tim Andrews has become one of the West Midlands’ leading corporate fundraisers and is behind a host of major charity events and initiatives. He is Chairman of LoveBrum, a charity launched earlier this year to unearth and fund hidden gem projects in the city of Birmingham. Tim was also part of the team that launched the 7inSeven cycle initiative in 2013, which saw 25 riders take part in a gruelling 700-mile challenge, spanning seven countries in seven days. Overall, the event raised £130,000 for HelpHarryHelpOthers and Leukaemia for Kids, and Teenage Cancer Trust. This also led on to the Coast2Coast challenge last year, which saw a number of the same (and new) riders cycling over 800 miles in seven days and raising £50,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust and the Stephen Staunton Foundation.

In February, Andrews completed his World Major Series marathon dream, after running the Tokyo Marathon and raising over £5,000 for LoveBrum. He has now achieved seven marathon medals, running in Chicago, New York, Berlin, Boston, London, and now Tokyo.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award; there was some tough competition in that category so I really didn’t expect to win. 2015 has been another big year for me in terms of charity, having launched LoveBrum after 12 months’ planning. The charity is all about funding projects in Birmingham that help make the city a better place. We’re only a few months’ in but we’ve already funded five projects to the tune of £17,000; The Lily Mae Foundation, Sampson Road Residents Association, Homelands Festival, Ups and Downs, and Serve Our Brummies.

“In the charity’s first 12 months, it will promote 40 causes and raise a minimum of £120,000 to fund 12 projects. This is all done through an online member voting system and even if the projects aren’t unsuccessful, we take them through our LoveBrum Academy to provide advice and support to help them flourish and grow. LoveBrum is a great example of how I’m connecting business and charity; I’m encouraging my networks to support local projects and take responsibility for the communities in which they operate,” Andrews concluded.

In addition to his personal challenges, Andrews ensures that whilst working on national and international clients, Hollywood Monster still sponsors a host of local causes. Last summer, alone, it raised over £30,000 for charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Brain Tumour Charity, and the Lily Mae Foundation, by donating the company boat in return for charity raffles and auctions. They also supported the Balsall Common, Dorridge and Knowle Fun Runs, helping to raise funds for Northleigh House, Vision Care, Muscular Dystrophy, Reachout Network Ministries, Solihull Children’s Special Needs Association, Girl Guiding, CAG (Challenge Adventure Group), Ward 19, and the Donna Louise Trust in Stafford.

The business has also pledged its support for local sporting talent and is sponsoring Olympic cycling hopeful Lucy Shaw, getting her into the Matrix ProCycling team. As well as sponsoring Birmingham City Ladies, BPS Birmingham and Fleet Milne netball teams, on top of supporting various local youngster football teams. This dedication to local fundraising helped Andrews and the team pick up this year’s Business Masters ‘CSR/Pride’ Award and he will celebrate by cycling from London-Paris this weekend to raise money for Cure Leukaemia.

As the largest graphics solutions business in the West Midlands region, Hollywood Monster’s skilled craftsmen provide clients all over the UK with a range of graphics and digitally printed products – from an A4 sign board to the largest building wrap. The family-run business is based in the Tyseley area of Birmingham and boasts a client list including Westfield, Prologis, Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Lovell Homes., Seven Capital, Virgin Media, and many more. The business employs around 70 people and has a predicted turnover of £7 million.

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