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Wesleyan backs Birmingham Post Business Awards - here’s why

One of Birmingham’s oldest businesses is sponsoring a key category at our prestigious event on November 1

Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017 Company of the Year award winners Wesleyan with sponsor Dave Adkins from Jaguar Land Rover (left)

They were double winners at the Birmingham Post Business Awards last year.

Now Wesleyan – a financial services mutual which is one of Birmingham’s oldest businesses – is returning to our prestigious event as category sponsor.

Founded in 1841, the Wesleyan is proud to sponsor the Professional Services award at this year’s ceremony at the ICC on Thursday November 1.

Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017 at the ICC: Contribution to the Community Award Winners Wesleyan

Last year the company scooped the top award – Company of the Year – as well as taking home the trophy for Contribution to the Community.

Wesleyan, like other category sponsors, is selecting a shortist for the award, which will be announced in October.

Craig Errington, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive

Craig Errington, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive, said: “As one of the city’s oldest companies, we have a long relationship with the professional services sector in Birmingham, which continues to grow and thrive.

“As previous winners in this category and, having gone on to win Company of the Year in 2017, we are keen to promote high levels of excellence within the services sector.”

Initially established to help workers save for sickness and funeral expenses, Wesleyan now provides tailored financial advice and products to select professional groups.

These are notably GPs, hospital doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers – and a range of commercial financial products for the organisations in which they are employed.

It has over 1,000 staff based in its head office in Birmingham city centre.

The firm plays a supporting role in the regional economy and is very much an active member of the business community.

Wesleyan building in city centre (left)

Craig added: “We have a flourishing apprenticeship and mentoring scheme designed to develop new talent within the region and encourage people into a career in financial services through non-traditional routes.

“We play a key role in supporting initiatives within the business community from sponsoring the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year awards to supporting charity initiatives such as the West Midlands Brain Game in aid of Marie Curie.”

He continued: “We are committed to creating a truly representative and inclusive workforce as we recognise that this will lead to better decision making and enhanced customer outcomes.

“We have signed up to the Women in Finance charter and committed to increasing the number of women in senior roles to 33% by 2023.”

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Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017 at the ICC

For more information about the Birmingham Post Business Awards, including other partners associated with the awards, and full category information, visit: www.bpbusinessawards.co.uk

Tables for the event at the ICC on November 1 are filling up fast – to book yours, please contact Devon Coverdale at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 or email dcoverdale@championsukplc.com