A Warwickshire-based property company founded by one of the region’s richest men scooped the top prize at last night’s glittering Birmingham Post Business Awards 2012.
IM Properties - that is part of Bob Edmiston’s IM Group - won the Company of the Year award after scooping the Property and Regeneration category. The company won after enjoying one of its most successful years after posting profits of £31 million, the equivalent of more than £1 million for every member of staff at the firm.
Other winners on the night, which took place in front of almost 600 guests at Edgbaston Stadium - included WH Smith, which won the Manufacturing category, Weslyan Assurance Society, which won the Finance category and SGH Martineau in the Legal category.
The night was capped with a lifetime achievement award for John Crabtree, who made his name at Wragge and Co and remains one of the region’s best known - and well liked - business figures. He is also chairman of Sense for whom he has been a dedicated fundraiser for many years.
Birmingham Post editor Alun Thorne said: “This is the third year of the Birmingham Post Business Awards and they getter better every time. My congratulations go out to all the winners who represent the very best of what the West Midlands has to offer.”
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The full list of winners were:
MANUFACTURING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
WH Smith & Sons
ENVIRONMENTAL, RECYCLING & SUSTAINABILITY
Travel de Courcey
COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING & CREATIVE
OWB Creative Communications
PROPERTY & REGENERATION
Weslyan Assurance Society
SMALL BUSINESS & BUSINESS START-UP
MEDIUM TO LARGE BUSINESS
LEGAL & BUSINESS ADVISORY
PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT, RECRUITMENT & TRAINING
COMPANY OF THE YEAR