An award-winning farmer who moved from a terrace in Small Heath to owning a 30-acre farm, has now been recognised with an award for entrepreneurship.
Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones - founder of The Black Farmer brand of meat and sauces - has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the UK Trade & Investment Enterprise Awards.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have won the award," Mr Emmanuel-Jones said. "The growth of the Black Farmer brand has been phenomenal. I'm so pleased it has caught the public's imagination and reflects the multi-cultural society we live in."
Mr Emmanuel-Jones came to Birmingham from Jamaica with his parents at the age of three.
One of nine brothers and sisters, he lived with his family in a cramped terraced house in Bankes Road, Small Heath.
Leaving school with few qualifications, Mr Emmanuel-Jones trained in catering and, after a lot of persistence, was offered a research position on BBC food programmes.
He went on to produce the Good Food Show and to establish his own marketing company Commsplus.
Then, eight years ago, he bought a farm in the West Country. Specialising in rare breeds and local products, he established The Black Farmer brand of sausages and cooking sauces.
Already supplying most big supermarkets in Devon and Cornwall, the brand has now gone nationwide in Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Budgens.
Mr Emmanuel-Jones now plans to extend his range and encourage more big names to follow suit.
"We have plans to produce our own bacon and sausage rolls in the new year," he said.
" We don't want to be labelled an 'ethnic' brand, although we do try and reflect all styles of cooking found in modern Britain.
"Instead, we aim to eventually have products in all the meat categories dominated by the supermarkets.
"That way we offer customers an alternative choice that we believe tastes much better."
Mr Emmanuel-Jones also runs The Black Farmer Scholarship which he hopes to run for the second year at the Good Food Show this month.