Region’s business success stories celebrated at West Midlands Business Masters

Kevin Keaney, right, received's Ambassador award in 2019 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.

Fast-growing technology business PM Connect won the International Trade award

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’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.’s Alex Turner with Nick Green from Squire Patton Boggs’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.


All of the winners of the 2019 West Midlands Business Masters

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2019 West Midlands Business Masters – Winners and shortlisted companies



Winner: Tang Interiors

Star Public Relations


Winner: One Creative Environments

Conference Aston
PM Connect

International Trade

Winner: PM Connect

Curium Solutions
Nishikawa Rubber

Park Regis Birmingham


Winner: Park Regis Birmingham

Colmore Tang
Professional Polishing

Contributing to the Community

Winner: St Modwen


Professional Services

Winner: Squire Patton Boggs

Curium Solutions

Property Business

Winner: CBRE

MCS Group
One Creative Environments
St Modwen

Family Business

Winner: Morris and Company

Apollo Chemicals
Dukes Bailiffs
GB Tyres

Small Business (up to 50 employees)

Winner: Curium Solutions

Professional Polishing
Niyaa People

Medium Business (51 to 250 employees)

Winner: SSE Audio

Alliance Health Group
MCS Group
SF Recruitment

Large Business (251+ employees)

Winner: Aston Manor Cider

St Modwen

Fast Growth Business

Winner: MCS Group

Apollo Chemicals
GB Tyres
SSE Audio

Kevin Keaney, chief executive of

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