Jaguar Land Rover boss Les Ratcliffe has praised community spirit in Birmingham – saying it is good for business.
Mr Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at JLR, paid tribute to the people of the city ahead of the car maker sponsoring the Company of the Year category at this year’s Birmingham Post Business Awards (BPBA 2016).
“Fundamentally it is people that make a city and it is people who have made Birmingham the exciting and vibrant place that it is today,” he said.
“There is a huge sense of community spirt around the city which makes it an attractive place for businesses to trade and grow.”
The deadline to nominate companies for the prestigious BPBA awards is fast approaching – Friday, July 29.
And the Company of the Year category is set to be among the most difficult to judge.
Mr Ratcliffe, who will be on the BPBA panel to decide who wins the award, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a growing company and fully recognises and appreciates the challenges of SMEs and larger companies that require leadership, team working and an enterprise view of doing business.
“As BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2013, we can appreciate the challenges that a successful business encounters to become an outstanding company.
“We work closely with various stakeholders in the local community.
“Supporting awards such as these gives Jaguar Land Rover the opportunity to support the wider community that the Birmingham Post is able to engage with.”
Mr Ratcliffe added that JLR – the UK’s largest and most recognised automotive manufacturing business combining two of the country’s most iconic car marques – has big plans for the coming years.
“The future of Jaguar Land Rover looks bright – we are a company with a robust strategy of sustainable growth,” he said.
“We are now a truly global company and have an ambitious plan of next products embracing the best of the UK design and engineering.”
The BPBA 2016 awards ceremony will be held at ICC Birmingham on Wednesday, October 26.
All about the Company of the Year award at BPBPA 2016
The top prize on the night will be the Company of the Year award, which recognises the region’s top-performing business.
The winner of this award will have enjoyed a great deal of success and really stand out from the crowd.
Some of the businesses which have already registered their interest in this category include:
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
Inspired Thinking Group
Gemini Professional Financial Group
EDS (Electrical-Data- Security) Ltd
Once all the applications have been received, the judges will have the difficult task of whittling down the businesses to select three finalists.
The eventual winner will be the cream of the crop, demonstrating an innovative approach to business which has lit up the Birmingham business community.
How to enter before July 29 deadline
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Company of the Year
Small Business of the Year
New Business of the Year
Business Entrepreneur of the Year
Professional Services Award
Sales & Marketing Award
Excellence in Manufacturing Award
Excellence in Science & Technology Award
Retail Business of the Year
Creative Communications & Digital Business of the Year
International Trade Award
Contribution to the Community Award
Not-For-Profit Organisation Award