Organisations across the West Midlands are celebrating after a triumphant showing in this year's Midlands Excellence Awards.
Adult Learning Inspectorate, TNT Logistics, Severn Vale Housing Society and Warwickshire County Council's education and property services departments were all named as prize winners at the ceremony held last night at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
All five narrowly missed out on the top award, which was won by Heraeus Electro-Nite UK, a sensor manufacturer based in Chesterfield.
Their prize trophies were presented before 1,300 guests by Midlands Excellence chairman Alan Jones and 2012 Olympic leader Lord Coe, who was guest speaker.
Midlands Excellence is a not-for-profit body dedicated to helping all types of organisations to improve their performance.
It is the ninth year of the awards for which entrants compile submissions to explain their performance in nine key business areas of the Business Excellence Model, a management framework used by more than 20,000 organisations across Europe.
Feedback to drive continuous improvement is then provided by the team of Midlands Excellence assessors.
Chief executive Ian Nield said: "Our awards process is well known for being extremely rigorous and, to be successful, organisations have to prove they are excellent in areas ranging from leadership to the way they manage their people and look after customers."
Based on Coventry Business Park, Adult Learning Inspectorate employs 240 people and is the Government body in charge of inspecting and reporting on the quality of education for more than five million adults and young people.
Atherstone- based TNT Logistics UK was delighted to be recognised for its Rolls-Royce contract which employs 160 people over eight sites.
Both Warwickshire County Council departments have used the Excellence Model framework for seven years.
Severn Vale Housing Society was formed as a new company in 1998, specifically to purchase the entire stock of council housing from Tewkesbury Borough Council. Its mission is "to be the best landlord any customer could wish to have". Annual turnover is now £9.5 million and the successful company has recently diversified into student accommodation.
In the special awards, this year's Midlands Equal Opportunities Employer is the Local Taxes Division of Wolverhampton City Council; Richmond Motors Group won the Society Award; and Commatech Leicester was the most improved organisation.
Other finalists were Warwick- based facilities management specialist Integrated fm, Lloyds TSB Travel Services, the Community Housing Group, Kidderminster, Dudley Council's financial services department and Business Link Nottinghamshire.