The winners of the 2023 Birmingham Awards

The Birmingham Awards made their spectacular return on the 4th of November in the Holt Suite at Villa Park Stadium in a night that celebrated the finest individuals, businesses, and more. Organised by BEvents, the ceremony recognised a stellar set of winners and achievements from across the city in what was a special night for Birmingham. 

Hosted by Dan Kelly, the ceremony saw guests come from every corner of the region to celebrate the shining stars of the city. Judged by a dynamic panel over two days, finalists were handpicked as the best that Birmingham has to offer.

The black-tie event, now a mainstay in the local events calendar in its eighth year, served up a three-course meal and entertainment throughout the night.

Celebrating everything from charities and sporting initiatives to businesspeople and community champions, the full list 2023 Birmingham Awards winners are: 

Arts & Culture of the Year – Birmingham Hippodrome

Bar/Pub of the Year – Albert’s Schloss

Charity of the Year – Noah’s Star

Independent Retailer of the Year – Butcher’s Block Bromsgrove

Restaurant of the Year – Orelle Restaurant

Young Achiever of the Year – Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson, Freelance Presenter/TV Producer/Filmmaker

Employee of the Year – Nav Ahmed, Arden University

Contribution to Education Award of the Year – Eddie O’Connor, Bishop Challenor Catholic College

Social Enterprise of the Year – Digbeth Dining Club CIC

Sporting Initiative of the Year – Sport 4 Life UK

Start-Up Business of the Year – Find Me A Solicitor

Small Business of the Year – Little Owl Tuition

Businesswoman of the Year – Marie Quarterman, The Education Network 

Community Champion of the Year – Waheed Mohammed, Aesthetic Health and Fitness Club

Brummie of the Year (male) – Jamil Shabir

Brummie of the Year (female) – Joanna Lee-Mills

Businessman of the Year – Jonathan Chapman, Burns & McDonnell

Business of the Year – Clover HR

Entrepreneur of the Year – Shabir Djakiodine, Euro Accounting Ltd

Networker of the Year – Shane Traynor

Lifetime Achievement Award – Jean Templeton DL

Commenting on the awards, Anita Chumber, co-founder of event organisers, BEvents, said: 

“For many, the Birmingham Awards are the crown jewel of the local events calendar, and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to bring together a room of such brilliant Brummies. This year’s winners are yet another reminder of the outstanding culture, foods, businesses, and people that Birmingham has to offer and we’re so grateful that we were able to share that celebration and recognition in a room of such a wonderful people.”

Ifraz Ahmed, also a co-founder of BEvents, shared his thoughts:

“In many respects it’s been a difficult year for the city, but the challenges it’s faced only makes nights like the Birmingham Awards even more special. Every guest, nominee, winner, and member of staff helped make the ceremony an extraordinary occasion. 

“Every year we take immense pride in the Birmingham Awards with the whole team putting in huge amounts of work – and the ceremony night reminds us all why. We’re delighted to have the honour of bringing together the city’s finest, and as we look to plan the 2024 awards, our passion for Birmingham and its people only grows.”

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