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Fracino brewing success with Company of the Year award

Manufacturer of coffee machines launched in the 1960s takes home top prize and export gong at 2015 Birmingham Post Business Awards

A coffee machine manufacturer which celebrated its half century in 2013 has been crowned Company of the Year at the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2015.

Having been named top exporter at last night's ceremony, Witton-based Fracino was picked from all of the other category winners as the city's overall Company of the Year.

Fracino's birth began in the early 1960s when machine tool designer Frank Maxwell stripped down a second-hand coffee machine bought while on holiday in Italy.

In 1963, he launched the business in a garden shed and started importing and supplying coffee machines to retailers across Britain before the Fracino brand was launched in 1990.

Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief of Birmingham Post publisher BPM Media and a member of the judging panel, said: "It's never easy to pick a winner among winners but Fracino's desire to keep improving and inventing, as well as its successful exporting activities, meant it captured the panel's attention.

"More than half a century after launching, Fracino has stayed true to its Birmingham roots and remains a classic example of why the city is considered the manufacturing heartbeat of the UK."

A special recognition award was given to Birmingham City Council's Paul Dransfield and Network Rail's Chris Montgomery for their work on the New Street station and Grand Central development, which opened in September.

The full list of winners from the awards can be seen below (and in the gallery above) and the full 2015 shortlist can be read here:

Business Start up and Entrepreneur

Escape Live

Export

Fracino

Legal

Weightmans

Creative, Communications and Digital

Oakley Wilkinson Bryan

Finance

Catalyst Corporate Finance

Outstanding Professional

Alan Lusty, Adi Group

Small and Medium Enterprise

Evolve

Manufacturing

I2R Packaging Solutions

People Development

Adi Group

Property and Regeneration

O'Brien Contractors

Company of the Year

Fracino

Special Recognition

Paul Dransfield, Birmingham City Council; Chris Montgomery, Network Rail

The 2015 Birmingham Post Business Awards welcomed more than 650 guests to the ICC for the ceremony hosted by Adil Ray, writer and star of BBC comedy show Citizen Khan.

The headline sponsor was again Turkish Airlines and category sponsorship was provided by Urban Workspace, Birmingham Airport, Severn Trent, NatWest, Jerroms, International Convention Centre, Birmingham City University, Power Minerals, Bareface Media, Hollywood Monster and Jaguar Land Rover.

Our chosen charity for 2015 is Fisher House which provides a home away from home for military patients and their families next to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

The 2015 judging panel comprised:

- David Bailey, Post columnist and professor of industry at Aston University

- Narinder Paul, partner at KPMG who leads its people services team in the Midlands

- Alan Edwards, senior purchasing manager with Jaguar Land Rover who has spent 25 years with the company

- Nicola Fleet-Milne, owner of property letting and sales agency FleetMilne Property

- Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief of BPM Media

- Craig Cooksley, head of innovations at BPM Media

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