One of region’s best known faces, renowned for leading Aston Villa for more than three decades, was last night honoured for his outstanding contribution to business.
Doug Ellis, who made his millions as a ground-breaking travel agent before taking over the chairmanship of Aston Villa, received a lifetime achievement award at the Birmingham Post Business Awards at the ICC.
Almost 500 guests attended the event, hosted by business journalist Declan Curry, to celebrate the successes of the region’s business community over the past 12 months.
Winner of the coveted Company of the Year award went to Birmingham law firm HBJ Gateley Wareing, which also won the legal category. The company took the top prize following its acquisition of Manchester-based Halliwells earlier this year.
Other winners on the night included Gough Bailey Wright, Managed Serviced Offices, Catalyst Corporate Finance, Strip Tinning, Cubewano, Mask-arade, the Birmingham Hippodrome, Eg solutions and Alumet.
Birmingham Post editor Alun Thorne said the winners all represented what was great about business in the West Midlands.
He said: “If there was one word that sums up all our business award winners it is resilience.
"Everyone knows what a challenging 12 months it has been everyone involved in business and yet these awards have shown that there is much to celebrate.
"As for Doug, his contribution to this region, both in terms of business and sport, is nothing short of remarkable.”
* More reports from the Birmingham Post Business Awards will be published online at www.birminghampost.net today. Video footage from the event will appear on the website throughout the week, while Thursday's edition of the Birmingham Post will carry a special Business Awards supplement.