Six of the West Midlands' most promising male entrepreneurs have been honoured in a major national award.
The Arena O2 X Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates the most innovative and determined businessmen across the UK.
The West Midlands finalists include Veejay Lingiah, the owner of Birmingham-based art gallery Art Lounge; Chris Thompson, founder of independent download website DA Recordings, and Paul Jones, managing director of Liquid Services, a 24-hour emergency drinks supply business for pubs and clubs.
Mark Vale, co-founder of Birmingham animation company The Character Shop; Giles Clements, owner of bespoke tailors Clements & Church, and Jagvinder Kang, director of IT legal advisors the Technology Law Alliance are also amongst the finalists.
One of the six will go forward to a star-studded national awards in London in June.
Peter Rampling, head of SME marketing at O2, said: "The Arena O2 X Entrepreneur of the Year Award continues to uncover a wealth of male business talent who dis-play the cutting edge innovation, creative vision and drive to succeed in highly competitive business markets.
"We have seen businesses ranging from Technology Law Alliance to Art lounge, which democratises the art buying process with cheaper prices."