Signature Awards hail region’s finest

Signature Awards hail region’s finest and welcome TV Dragons’ Den star

The fifth annual Signature Awards, celebrating excellence in the region’s business, manufacturing and service industries, were held in front of a sell-out, 560-strong audience at the ICC. Keynote speaker Piers Linney of BBC’s Dragons’ Den outlined the changing economic landscape as a result of technological advances and the impact of AI (Artificial Intelligence). The premier Business of the Year award was won by Walsall-based, The Staffing Group, which has grown to become one of the UK’s top 30 recruitment agencies. The evening raised £6,500 for Acorns children’s charity.


1 Excellence in Finance: Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank plc

2 Excellence in Real Estate: Bahram Parinchy (Pro Build 360)

3 Small Business of the Year: KMB Shipping Group

4 Business Person of the Year: Manjeet Rai

5 Entrepreneur of the Year: James Tark

6 Excellence in Promoting Apprenticeships: Total Training Company

7 Business of the Year: The Staffing Group

8 International Innovation Enterprise: Byron Dixon (Microfresh)