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Business awards to be highlight of Express & Star's 150th anniversary celebrations

The deadline is approaching for entries to be submitted for one of this year’s most prestigious events, as the Express & Star marks its 150th anniversary.

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Finalists, sponsors and business leaders will be transported back in time at the Express & Star Business Awards 2024 as they hear about the newspaper’s rich history and how it has been a vital support to businesses in the region for 15 decades.

The glittering awards night takes place at The Halls Wolverhampton on Thursday, June 13 when a spotlight will be shone on top businesses and individuals within the region.

Among the 11 prestigious awards are:

*Growth and Innovation Award – for businesses that have achieved growth and have an inspirational story to tell.

*Manufacturing Champion Award – focused on those businesses that demonstrate a dedication to manufacturing excellence.

*Employee Wellness Excellence Award – this is for businesses that make health, happiness, and growth of their workforce a priority.

*Employee of the Year – this allows businesses to focus on specific employees to ensure their exceptional efforts are recognised.

Open to entries from a variety of sectors, the Express & Star Business Awards 2024 seeks to honour the premier enterprises, innovators, services, and products within the newspaper's coverage area.

Entries need to be in by the close of business on Friday, March 1.

The details are online at

Express & Star acting editor Mark Drew said that being part of the 150th anniversary celebrations will be a night like no other.

“Everyone here are proud to be part of the Express & Star, especially this year as we celebrate our 150th anniversary,” he said.

“The Express & Star Business Awards will be an unforgettable joint celebration, looking back over our rich history as we shine a spotlight on some of the region’s most outstanding businesses.

“It is incredible to think that our reporters have written about the Titanic, the moon landings and the outbreak of war.

“We’ve also covered some amazing local stories like the opening of Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre in the 1890s and the chainmakers’ strike at Cradley Heath in the 1910s. This year’s business awards will allow people to look back over the last 150 years with us and celebrate how far we have come – and how the world of business has changed with us.

The event is made possible through the sponsorship of Carvers Building Supplies, Crowe, Higgs LLP, Collins Aerospace, Emmiera Group, Richardson, MNA Digital, City of Wolverhampton Council, Wombourne Windows and Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology.

Drinks reception sponsors are Compass UK & Ireland, event producers are Yarrington and trophy sponsors Silvaman and The Halls Wolverhampton.