Inspirational Magazine Editor Sophia Hayes has revealed that backing BPBA 2016 was an intuitive step for her publication which regularly showcases West Midlands businesses.

She said the luxury lifestyle publication, which is distributed to thousands of households across the region and a host of hospitality destinations, is excited to attend the ceremony which honour the dynamic range of businesses in the city.

“As a proud West Midlands publication, we work with a range of local businesses and cover them within our magazine so it felt natural for us to get behind the Birmingham Post Business Awards,” she said.

Sophia Hayes, Editor of Inspirational Magazine
Sophia Hayes, Editor of Inspirational Magazine

“Showcasing companies in the West Midlands is one of the central aims of our magazine and it is fantastic for us to support an event that recognises the region’s brightest businesses.

“We are very much looking forward to the event itself and honouring the brilliantly diverse range of businesses that call Birmingham their home.”

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The Birmingham Post Business Awards celebrates businesses of all kind, across all sectors, both large and small. We asked Sophia to discuss her outlook within her own industry.

“Though a lot of magazines and newspapers are moving online more and more, we have found that people still love print titles and they still have a strong impact in the media world,” she said.

“Our magazine works in a different way to many – we distribute each new edition to a targeted database, but many copies are available to flick through in a range of hospitality destinations.

“Since our launch in 2012, we have prided ourselves on filling our pages with exciting news and features covering a range of topics including sport, celebrities and business.

Editor in chief, Marc Reeves.
Editor in chief, Marc Reeves.

“The Birmingham Post Business Awards will certainly be one of the events covered in our social pages so you will be able to see all the pictures from the night in our next edition!

“We have recently launched a sister magazine in the nation’s capital, Inspirational London. The first edition came out in May, which we were delighted with it. “Now it’s all hands on deck as we get ready to release the second in November.

“Meanwhile in the West Midlands, our magazine continues to go from strength to strength so things are going very well at the moment.

“The whole team really believes that it is so important that we give back to the local community by supporting events like the Birmingham Post Business Awards so it really is a pleasure to sponsor this prestigious ceremony.”

All About BPBA 2016

The Birmingham Post Business Awards reward the passion, determination, tireless energy and skill that goes into running a top-performing company,

This year’s event will take place at the ICC on Wednesday, 26 October.

There are 13 distinct categories in which businesses operating in all sectors of the regional economy will be recognised.

These awards could not take place without the ongoing support of sponsors including Inspirational Magazine.

BPBA has grown in popularity to become one of the most important events in the region’s professional calendar with 650 in attendance last year and a record number of entries from more than 100 businesses.

Export award winner - Fracino
Export award winner - Fracino

Among the 2015 winners were Witton-based coffee machine manufacturer Fracino, which took home the Export and overall Company of the Year award, O’Brien Contractors was named Property and Regeneration winner while law firm Weightmans won the Legal award.

A Special Recognition award was also given to Birmingham City Council and Network Rail to mark the success of Grand Central.

Emma Jesson
Emma Jesson

TV personality Dominic Holland and ITV weather presenter Emma Jesson will host this year’s ceremony.

Tickets cost £100 +VAT per ticket or £1,000+VAT for a table of 10 and include a Champagne reception and three-course sit down meal.

• For further details and to buy tickets contact Ashleigh Kerr at Champions at or call her on 08453 31 30 31