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Last call to recognise the best in the region

The deadline is looming for companies to get their entries in for the Nachural Summer Business Ball & Awards.

Ninder Johal, organisers of the Nachural Summer Business Ball & Awards

The glitzy black tie event takes place at Wolverhampton Racecourse on June 30, and the deadline for entries is Friday this week – May 19.

Organiser Ninder Johal – past president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, current board member of the Black Country LEP and CEO of production company, Nachural – said: ‘This will be the first major event in the region that will reflect on the impact of the West Midlands Mayoral elections, the French elections and the UK’s general election.

"Whilst the outlook for global trade is positive and the EU continues to emerge from the doldrums, in the UK the future is uncertain because as yet we do not understand the implications of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

"The UK and region continues to show strong export performance against a backdrop of falling unemployment but increasing higher levels of inflation. The region and the country enters an interesting period.

"The Black Country in particular is beginning to pick up and we are pleased that it is now regarded as the second highest performing LEP area in the country.

"With successful automotive and aerospace sectors experiencing continual growth and start up’s continuing to accelerate, there is a definite lift in confidence in the region. But there is much to be done with regards to skills and infrastructure and we must continue to press our businesses to widen their scope to overseas markets.

"The awards seek to celebrate and highlight the ever increasing importance of the business community and its great contribution to the local, regional and national economy. The profile of the awards is increasing year on year.

"We feel it is important that the Black Country and the wider region needs to celebrate its achievements and in the current climate it is easy to forget the contributions of businesses in the area. From start up’s to established employers in the area, the Black Country and the wider region has much to boast about.

"This year we have included an award category that recognizes the importance of apprenticeships. In order to cope with a changing global marketplace, we need an increasing emphasis on technical skills both on the demand and supply side and therefore the award recognizes the importance of such a route to a fruitful career.

"The awards dinner is the ideal platform to show the region and the country the best that there is in the Black Country and the wider region.

"We would encourage businesses to enter before the deadline on May 19 and to use the opportunity of showcasing the great work they do in supporting the area. There is considerable publicity surrounding the awards dinner which will boast a leading business/entrepreneur speaker and is expected to attract the who’s who of the region."

Award categories include Business Start up, Entrepreneur of the year, Community Excellence, Regeneration, International Trade/Enterprise, Business Woman of the year, Hospitality Business of the year, Business Person of the Year and an award for promoting apprenticeship.

Sponsors for the event include Vision Print, Wolverhampton University, Cobra Beer, East End foods, Pathway Group, FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors,, Guest Motors, Qatar Airways, Rational FX, and HRA loudspeakers.

For further information contact Nachural on 0121 526 3141 or

The nomination form can be downloaded from