Wonders of Westside 2016

New name, new look as Wonders of Westside salute the best of business

The name says it all – if you’re lucky enough to pick up a WOW award you really are the toast of Westside! The WOWs – or to give them their full title, the Wonders of Westside – were previously known as the BOBs (Best of Broad Street) and recognise the achievements of those working in Birmingham’s premier mixed-use business area. That covers 15,000 people employed in more than 300 businesses, including offices, hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants and leisure venues. Now in their 11th year, the awards were hosted by James Hill, winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2015, and Mergim Butaja, Lord Sugar’s favourite contestant in last year’s Apprentice. This year’s WOW winners included Bank, the Pickled Piglet and Barclaycard Arena. There was a special Outstanding Contribution Award presented to Frank Fearon who has worked in the laundry at the Hyatt since the hotel came to Birmingham 25 years ago.

Photography by Jas Sansi


  1. Steven Emmison, Eilis Collins, Dani Hadley, Phil Stubbsy
  2. Frank Fearon and his wife, Mario Flanagan
  3. Lorraine Olley, Cllr John Clancy, Mike Olley
  4. Gary Poulton, Elle Stephenson
  5. Natasha McMurdock, Leah Cross, Graham Hudson, Laura Williams
  6. Anita Champaneri, Jas Sansi
  7. Tahreem Bhatti, Nigel Clarke, Elaine Weir
  8. Shah Islam, Sayed Ahmed, Bodrul Islam
  9. Atlanta Bush, Rachel Taylor and James Hill
  10. Ana Cruz, Monica Jankowska, Jennie Buckley, Marie Williams