Birmingham has notched up the highest number of inspirational high flyers to reach the finals of the Lloyds TSB Central Asian Jewel Awards.
The city has nine people short-listed for the six categories forming the awards - beating nearby rivals Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Coventry.
The awards, which recognise inspirational high achievers from the central region's Asian communities, will be held at a glittering ceremony on May 7 in Birmingham.
The Central Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards, now in their third year, form part of a nationwide search for Asian high flyers in the UK. Award categories include healthcare and education, public service, business and commerce, media, arts and sports, professional excellence, as well as an entrepreneur award.
There will also be a special lifetime achievement award given at the ceremony.
Nominees from Birmingham include BBC journalist Rajesh Mirchandani; musician Taz from Stereo Nation; businessman Pawan Kenth, founder of CorporateWear UK; Quest Vitamins owner Dr Ahmed Hassam, and business partners Anup Sodha and Pritesh Sonpal owners of Lexon (UK), which has a turnover of more than £100 million.