The search is on to find the UK's most business-friendly MP or MEP.
The quest, launched by the Forum of Private Business supported by the UK's regional development agencies, hopes to highlight those political representatives who have shown dedication to tackling problems and over-coming barriers to growth.
John Edwards, Advantage West Midlands chief executive, said: "Our region is fortunate to have some fine MPs who are passionate about the well-being of businesses in their constituencies.
"I know first-hand just how strongly they feel about the need to fight for the very best deal for small and medium sized enterprises, on a local, national and European level.
"Advantage West Midlands works closely with MPs to ensure we are delivering what businesses want and providing the necessary support for them to create jobs and prosperity.
"I would urge West Midlands members of the FPB to recognise the efforts of their MPs or MEPs who have done their bit to champion their cause."
The FPB's national chairman Len Collinson said the award is designed to help place businesses at the forefront of political priorities.
"Businesses - and the economy - need politicians, as people with power and influence, to have a keen under-standing and grasp of the hard economic realities of running a firm. We want to find politicians who have earned the respect of businesses through hard work and achievement.
"We are looking for those politicians who have made a real difference."
Mr Collinson said the FPB wanted nominations to reflect a wide range of issues on which politicians can help businesses.
"We are looking for a politician with commonsense who has perhaps worked hard for a high street or town centre," he said.
"Maybe they have worked with police to target burglary or vandalism, or ironed out a problem where a local council was failing to pull its weight on a planning or environmental matter.
"We are keen to hear of an MP or MEP who is devoted to smaller business in a sector or region, say car manufacturing in the Midlands, or who has tackled a tricky problem with health and safety legislation or employment law.
"There are many ways politicians can help, we are looking to find those who have not only listened but acted."
Businesses taking part in the award will be asked to say, in fewer than 100 words, why their nominated politician should be considered for the title.
The winner will be announced in May.