The Prince of Wales has honoured a trailblazer in the region's drive for businesses to become more active in the community.
Steven Butts, Head of Community Investment at Wragge & Co received the title 'The Prince of Wales' Ambassador for the West Midlands' at the Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2005.
He said: " It is really encouraging to receive such recognition. I hope I can use the Ambassador role to further support my wider role in engaging businesses developing responsible business practice.
"I really would like to stress that the successes I have had could not have been achieved without the tremendous support of my colleagues at Wragge & Co and the many tremendous people in our region who dedicate themselves to support other people and our communities - so I would like to take the opportunity to thank them."
Mr Butts has been instrumental in steering forward the law firm's Community Investment programme and creating partnerships with charities and agencies for people from a homelessness background in Birmingham.
More than 300 business people at the awards ceremony heard how Mr Butts, who is vice chair of the homeless project Birmingham Business Action on Homelessness, BAOH, has worked tirelessly in supporting BiTC to build the capacity of homeless agencies.
This support ranges from offering facilities, work placements and job coaches to sponsoring the Seeing is Believing visit and hosting the report-back dinner which resulted in a further five companies joining the BAOH Steering Group.
A BITC spokesman said: "Steve's determination to make a difference within the community and his own workplace makes him deserved of the title of The Prince of Wales Ambassador. He has integrated Business Action on Homelessness across the business, worked collaboratively with others and inspired others to get involved."
The gala dinner, sponsored by npower, also celebrated the work of other people who have helped make a difference to communities.
Three special recognition awards were presented on the night: Dee Graney, from HFC Bank received an award for her outstanding support to employee volunteering.
Jaguar Cars Limited was honoured for outstanding support to Partners in Leadership with Community Enterprise. The company's support has helped create 847 partnerships between businesses and community organisations.
Birmingham Business Action on Homelessness Steering Group was recognised for their collaborative partnership in tackling homelessness issues. Almost 60 per cent of clients have gained employment thanks to the innovative Ready for Work placement scheme.
The Sieff Award, sponsored by M&S, went to Andrew Morris, Business Enterprise Co-ordinator of Westcroft School and Sports College in Wolverhampton.
The award is presented to a community leader who has best collaborated with the private sector to have an impact on society.
Andrew's vision is that young people in today's society are more than just part of society.
The school supports special needs students and Andrew has focused his efforts on developing an extensive work placement programme with companies to ensure that pupils are integrated well in society.
Sister Sabina Staff of Fireside Day Centre was highly commended. She was recognised for her efforts in making a difference to the lives of homeless people.