It was the desire to bring fresh new art to the city that drove Mark Ball to start Fierce!, which has been nominated for The Birmingham Post's Creative Industries Award,
Fierce! runs the annual Fierce! Festival aimed at bringing contemporary theatre and media-based art to the people of Birmingham.
The festival, started in 1997, has grabbed the attention of the city with events such as the bird man on the Rotunda and the dawn chorus music carried across the city by hot air balloons.
Founder of Fierce!, Mark Ball, said he was delighted to have been short-listed for the creative industries award.
He said: "It great to feel that Fierce! has been given recognition of its work by Birmingham's creative sector.
" I started Fierce! because I wanted to bring great art to Birmingham.
"I believe that contemporary art can enrich our lives and I want to bring it to as many of the Birmingham people as possible."
There has been a huge growth of interest in the festival in recent years, with 400,000 people visiting festival events during
Mr Ball said: "We have begun to get people enquiring about our work form all over the world. Next week I am off to Brazil to discuss a potential project in Rio."
In addition to the festival, Fierce! also provide a year-round education programme for schools, training events and seminars for those getting started in the creative industries and consultancy services for corporate events.
The company is currently talking to Fort Dunlop with a view to providing a number of events leading up to the site's opening. The company also organised the Big Voice event at this year's ArtsFest.
Mr Ball, who has also been nominated for the Institute of Directors' Young Directors Award, is ambitious to grow both the company and the festival.
"I want the Fierce! festival to be as synonymous with Birmingham as baltis and the Bullring. "