Birmingham-based community finance firm Aston Rein-vestment Trust (ART) has won an award for services to enterprise.
ART, which lends money to businesses and social enterprises that cannot secure from conventional sources, was honoured with the 2005 Att-wood Award.
The award is named after the 19th century Birmingham MP, banker and humanitarian Thomas Attwood and aims to recognise those who have continued the spirit of his work.
ART, which in the eight years since it was formed has helped local entrepreneurs to create or protect almost 2,000 jobs, was praised for its excellent work with businesses in Birmingham.
The award was presented to Steve Walker, chief executive of ART, by Sylvia Shaw - a descendant of Thomas Att-wood, at a special lunch held to mark the occasion.
Accepting the award Mr Walker said: "I am extremely proud to receive this award in recognition of ART's work.
"Our mission - the relief of poverty through enterprise - and the way in which we operate is very much in the Attwood mould."
Patrick Shaw, an Attwood historian and member of the Attwood Group, said: "The Attwood Group is concerned about the decline of British industry, especially in the Midlands.
"We need an organisation like ART operating in every town and city, supporting enterprise particularly in those areas where traditional industries are disappearing."