The finalists revealed at the Express & Star Business Awards 2022

Celebrations at the Express & Star Business Awards 2019

There were huge numbers of entries for the prestigious awards, which recognize the best in business in the newspaper’s circulation area, and are returning after missing out on 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The final list of 31 finalists for the nine prizes up for grabs shows the real quality of entries this year, with four finalists rather than three selected in four of the categories.

Dudley-based Metallisation, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, is up in three price categories, alongside USP Steels in Kingswinford.

Finalists range from some of the most well-known and established names in business in the region, including top manufacturers, to fledgling companies that are just at the start of their history and already making a name for themselves.

All kinds of businesses are on display this year, from traditional engineering and high-tech to hotels and security companies.

Express & Star editor Martin Wright said: “The response to our business awards has been absolutely phenomenal. After going through the disappointment of having to cancel events in 2020 and last year, we were overwhelmed by the number of entries in all Our business community has endured two incredibly difficult years, but there are many success stories and we want our business awards to be a true celebration after such a difficult time.

“Narrowing down the entries to a shortlist was no easy task – the standard of entries was extremely high and we are grateful to the many companies who took the time to participate in our awards. Our judges are certainly faced with a task unenviable in selecting our winners given the outstanding companies shortlisted.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our sponsors. Without their support, this event would not be possible. I already look forward to celebrating with our finalists and sponsors on what promises to be another scintillating occasion. at Wolverhampton Racecourse on June 9.”

Those on the shortlist will now go through a rigorous new judging process to select the winners, who will be revealed at the sparkling black-tie dinner.

There will be a series of site visits in May by teams of judges, including executives from corporate sponsors and Express & Star’s parent company, Midland News Association.

Full list of finalists

  • Company of the yearsponsored by the Express & Star: Thomas Dudley, Homeserve Furniture Repairs, Metallization and USP Steels.

  • Apprentice of the year, sponsored by Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology: Matthew Smith, Lord Combustion Services; Megan Winup, GMS Security Services and Jasmine Massey, FBC Manby Bowdler.

  • Best Marketing Campaignsponsored by MNA Digital: Black Country Chamber of Commerce, GMS Security Services and Tillymint Communications.

  • Businessman of the Yearsponsored by Richardson: Homeserve Furniture Repairs, USP Steels and FBC Manby Bowdler.

  • family business of yesr, sponsored by Crowe: Aspen Leisure The Mount Hotel Country Manor, Formbend, School of Coding and Weatherite Group.

  • Growth and Innovation Awardsponsored by Homeserve Furniture Repairs: KMB Shipping Group, Metallization and Little Dessert Shop.

  • Crafting Championsponsored by Collins Aerospace: Jenks & Cattell Engineering, Lesters and Weatherite Air Conditioning.

  • Small and Medium Business of the Yearsponsored by Higgs LLP: Nant, Lord Combustion Services, Lesters and Metallisation.

  • Young company of the yearsponsored by Carvers Building Supplies: Smart Balustrades, USP Steels, School of Coding and JL Drinks.

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