Region’s business success stories celebrated at West Midlands Business Masters
TheWorks.co.uk chief executive Kevin Keaney was named 2019 Ambassador at the West Midlands Business Masters on a night that celebrated the successes and strength of the region’s business community.
Keaney said he was “humbled” to receive the award, which recognised his role in an incredible transformation of the retailer.
He has led the Coleshill-based business for the last seven years. In that time, despite the received wisdom that the high street is in an inevitable decline, the business has opened more than 200 stores and increased its workforce by more than 1,000 people.
There were also 12 awards for the region’s businesses, from Newcomer to Large Business as TheBusinessDesk.com’s West Midlands Business Masters returned to Edgbaston Stadium for its annual black tie awards evening.
The awards were sponsored by Aston University, ART Business Loans and SF Recruitment.
TheBusinessDesk.com’s joint managing director Alex Turner said: “It was a fantastic evening highlighting the achievements of companies from across the region that are working in a wide range of sectors.
“What the businesses in the room had in common was a commitment to their people and culture, a resilience about how they are dealing with current circumstances and an optimism about future opportunities.
“Despite the backdrop that all businesses are facing, there is a real energy in the West Midlands that it is a great time for the region and there is a real willingness to get things done.”
The Business Masters supported Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice on the evening, and we will share the final amount raised shortly. Thank you to everyone for their contributions.
2019 West Midlands Business Masters – Winners and shortlisted companies
Winner: Tang Interiors
Star Public Relations
Winner: One Creative Environments
Winner: PM Connect
Winner: Park Regis Birmingham
Contributing to the Community
Winner: St Modwen
Winner: Squire Patton Boggs
One Creative Environments
Winner: Morris and Company
Small Business (up to 50 employees)
Winner: Curium Solutions
Medium Business (51 to 250 employees)
Winner: SSE Audio
Alliance Health Group
Large Business (251+ employees)
Winner: Aston Manor Cider
Winner: MCS Group
Kevin Keaney, chief executive of TheWorks.co.uk