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With November now upon us, we once again have restrictions back in place which impact many businesses across the region already battered by the consequences of COVID-19 and the looming end of the Brexit transition period without a deal in place. 


The Chamber continues to analyse the latest developments and continues its calls for any new lockdown measures to be commensurate with the support packages being offered, the team will continue to make the case for increased support to those sectors and members who are particularly affected by the latest announcements. 


Indeed, following the most recent measures; people could be forgiven for thinking that everything is doom and gloom as these come into force and the darker nights are upon us.  


Something to look forward is the forthcoming Chamber awards which, this year, firmly recognises and celebrates the achievements of our business community during this hard year.  


The event will be live-streamed and is set to mark a great virtual coming together of businesses and individuals taking a step back, and collectively cheer everyone and every business that has gone above and beyond during 2020.

Make sure you join us and to find out more visit bcccawards.co.uk

Jude Thompson



The third Black Country Business Festival (BCBF) has come and gone for another year. 

The hyperactive nine days comprised of almost 100 registered events and nearly 900 businesses got involved to make it happen!

Moved from the original dates in May due to the pandemic, this year’s BCBF saw a huge increase in digital events, making up 83 per cent of the festival. 

Due to current circumstances, the event took place largely online, which made it very simple for people from far and wide to attend and nearly 2,000 registrations constituted a widespread audience from all around the world. 

There were events in a range of subjects, from meet the buyer and getting on to supply chains, to mental health and wellbeing, marketing, access to finance as well as quite a few about post-COVID support and so much more.

More locally, the festival received some great feedback, 91% rated the events they attended as good to excellent and 89% told organisers how the festival has had a positive effect on their business. 

So, the BCBF continues to meet its objectives to provide support, guidance and knowledge sharing to the people and businesses in the Black Country community.

Thanks from the organisers went once again to all the companies and organisations that ensured the continued success and impact of the Festival by partnering, sponsoring or supporting. 

The line-up this year included Dudley Business First, the University of Wolverhampton, Talbots Law, the Black Country Growth Hub and the LEP. 

Sponsors - Wolverhampton Racecourse, Thomas Dudley, Casino36 and M6toll, supporters, including Gecko Programmes, Sandwell Council and Walsall Council and an array of media partners including Elonex, Greatest Hits Radio and Metro newspapers. And not forgetting the app partner Infonote Datasystems. 

The dates for next year will be announced soon, but it’s likely the 2021 Festival will take place in the Autumn again.


If there are any businesses interested in getting involved, then please get in touch on hello@blackcountrybusinessfestival.com

But for now, it’s a #BCBF_20 wrap and we’ll see you in 2021.



The category finalists in the Black Country Chamber Business Heroes Awards were announced this month in a colourful digital event.


The category finalists in the Black Country Chamber Business Heroes Awards were announced in a colourful digital event that also marked the close of the third Black Country Business Festival – an initiative that is also led by the Chamber of Commerce.

Jude Thompson, President of the Black Country Chamber revealed the finalists, who will now go forward to the finals event on Friday 13th November.

"This will be an exciting, high-energy digital event that will be live-streamed to the world Jude said, “I would like to thank everyone that has entered the awards this year.

“We have genuinely been overwhelmed by the ingenuity, determination and resilience of the local business community in meeting the challenges of 2020.

“We have received an exceptional number of extremely high-quality entries in every category and the judges have found the shortlisting process extremely difficult. I would like to offer very many congratulations to all the finalists.”

The Awards are headline partnered by the University of Wolverhampton which has contributed and judged three of the 12 categories.

And the finalists are……..

Large Business Hero of the Year – sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

• Compton Care

• HomeServe UK -  NHS and Frontline Free Service

• National Express West Midlands

• Robinson Brothers Limited

• SIPS Education

• whg - Supporting Communities

• Wintech Group 


Small Business Hero of the Year – sponsored by Nant Water Safety Specialists

Clover HR

• Cox & Plant

• Deans Management Services

• Fit Mommas Ltd

• Lord Combustion Services Limited

• Lotus Sanctuary CIC

• Penny Post Credit Union

• Switch Midlands


Family Business Hero of the Year – sponsored by CK Chartered Accountants

• Dancers Limited

• In-Comm Training and Business Services

• Lawrence Cleaning Limited

• Lord Combustion Services Limited

• Robinson Brothers Limited


International Trade Hero of the Year

• Foundry Machinery & Spares Limited

• Intralox

• Keltruck Limited 


Start-Up Business Hero of the Year – sponsored by Forresters Patent and Trademark Attorneys

• ADL Bespoke Security Systems Limited

• Isabella's Homes

• SBF Consultancy

• TPSquared


Retail Resilience Hero of the Year – in association with our venue partner, the Black Country Living Museum

• Compton Care

• HugglePets (Retail Store)

• The Midcounties Co-operative


Business Hero / Young Business Hero of the Year – sponsored by machinery specialists, FMS

• John Donovan - JJX Logistics

• Adrian Hanrahan - Robinson Brothers Limited

• Bradley Moore - Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation


Outstanding Collaboration & Partnership – sponsored by Walsall College

• Compton Care and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

• whg and Health and Housing Working Together


Outstanding Key Worker of the Year

• Darren Cook - whg

• Navjitpal Kaur - Tamaar Skincare


Adaptability & Innovation – University of Wolverhampton

• Acorns Children's Hospice - Covid-19 Emergency Response Plan

• Coinadrink Limited

• Midlands Air Ambulance Charity - Rapid Response to the Pandemic

• Saz's Ceramics & Crafts

• SIPS Education

• Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation


Kindness in the Community – University of Wolverhampton

• Beacon Centre for the Blind

• Compton Care

• HugglePets in the Community

• The Midcounties Co-operative

• One4you Services

• Steps to Work


Exceptional Employee or Team – University of Wolverhampton

• Amy Whitter, Fit Mommas Ltd

• Blackthorns Chartered Accountants 

• IPU Group - Fuel Cleaning Team

• Lord Combustion Services Limited

• Nant Limited - Team Resilience and Dedication (COVID-19 success)

• Sarbjit Singh -  National Express West Midlands


The finals event will now take place from 3.45 pm to 5 pm on Friday 13th November and tickets are now available. These include a paid ticket at £30 which includes unique drinks and nibbles gift package that is delivered directly.

The ticket price also includes a donation to Black Country Chamber President’s Charities; Teenage Cancer Trust and Parkinson’s UK.

Alternatively, the event can also be viewed for free, although registration is still required to join.

Tickets can be booked through the Black Country Chamber Awards website bcccawards.co.uk

For more information or help, call 01902 912 304 or email hello@bcccawards.co.uk 


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