Top manufacturers up for awards as Business Masters shortlists revealed

HEAVYWEIGHT manufacturers Hadley Group and Brose UK are amongst the companies to have been shortlisted in’s West Midlands Business Masters Awards 2014.

Smethwick cold rolled steel manufacturer Hadley Group is shortlisted in the Exporter (Large) and Manufacturer (Large) categories while Coventry automotive sector manufacturer Brose UK is up for Manufacturer (Large) and Fast Growth Business awards.

Altogether 27 different companies will fight it out in 11 awards. The full category shortlists are below with nominated companies listed in alphabetical order.

RDM Group
Sign Solutions

AdHoc Property Management
Gravity Risk Services
Simkiss Guy
Aston Villa FC
Extra Mile Communications
Manufacturer (SME)
Mereway Kitchens
RDM Group
Teal Patents
Manufacturer (Large)
Aston Manor Cider
Brose UK
Hadley Group
Exporter (SME)
Teal Patents
Exporter (Large)
Bridgnorth Aluminium
Grainger & Worrall
Hadley Group
Angel Springs
Employer of the Year
Rider Levett Bucknall
Mereway Kitchens
Listed Business
AFH Financial
National Express
Paragon Group
Fast Growth Business
ADV Manufacturing
Brose UK
Key Forensic Services

The shortlists were chosen by an eminent panel of judges during a three hour judging session held at law firm DWF’s central Birmingham headquarters on Thursday.

The judges were

Richard Butler, regional director, CBI
Dani Saveker, founder, Families in Business
Trevor Foster, advisory board member, UBS Wealth Management
Grant Adams, managing director, Sertec
Steve Brittan, managing director, BSA Machine Tools
Richard Halstead, regional director, EEF
Mark Hales, owner and managing director,

The shortlisted firms will go forward to our gala awards dinner at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on June 18 when the winners will be announced – but only after all the shortlisted businesses are interviewed.

In addition to the 11 awards listed above, a 12th award – Ambassador of the Year – will be presented to a person who has worked tirelessly to promote the region. 

We will be looking at the shortlisted companies in more detail as we focus on individual award categories in the days and weeks ahead.

West Midlands businesses have signed up to be sponsors of the Masters. They include law firm Higgs & Sons and automotive sector manufacturer Sertec.

If you would like to join them as a sponsor of these prestigious awards please call Brett Murray on 07875 499667 or email him at

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be obtained by following the link below.


Those attending the Masters Awards who want to stay in Birmingham that night are being offered a special room rate at the Hilton Garden Inn in Brindleyplace.

Those wishing to book should call the hotel on 0121 643 1003, choose option 2 and quote GECGA to obtain the £99.00 bed and breakfast rate.

To read more about the Masters click here