SPONSORED: Birmingham Post Business Awards 2021: the Birmingham businesses going global

After a difficult past year trying to remain positive and resilient throughout uncertainty, our business industry deserves a night of celebration.

The brilliant work of entrepreneurs and companies across our region deserves recognition and a prestigious ceremony for the 2021 Birmingham Post Business Awards is just how we’ll do it.

Export can be integral to the success of some companies, helping them to expand to new clients and thrive further.

The International Trade and Export Award finalists are businesses that have managed to improve their international reach and significantly increase their exports over the last year.

The online awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday June 15visit the event website here to register for your free ticket.

Please email nikki.kandola@reachplc.com for more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

The ceremony will be hosted on our new virtual events platform The Awards Room which gives nominees and sponsors the chance to experience real-time networking, with guests grouped together on their own tables.

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The 2021 International Trade and Export Award finalists are:

The Binding Site Group

The Binding Site was founded in 1986 by a group of former researchers based at the University of Birmingham. It is recognised today as a market leader in the research, development, manufacture and distribution of products used for the detection of cancers and immune disorders.

With a direct presence in over 25 countries and product sales through business partners in more than 100 countries, it is committed to improving patient lives worldwide through education, collaboration and innovation. It employs more than 1,100 people worldwide, with more than 730 based at its flagship headquarters in Birmingham.

A highly regulated business, The Binding Site’s market approach includes educating those clinicians on the clinical relevance of its tests. Patients are important no matter where in the world, and in keeping with its global collaborations with scientists and clinicians worldwide, the company aims to provide them with the solutions and tools they need to treat their patients.

Contechs

Contechs is a leading design, engineering and recruitment company that is based in an 85,000 sq ft site in Warwick and has more sites in Basildon, Germany, India and Detroit. Established in 1997, Contechs counts world-leading brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Bentley and Aston Martin among its many clients.

The past 12 months has seen a 44 per cent turnover increase for Contechs. The company also lived up to its slogan of “limitless possibilities”, seeing it diversify to respond to the urgent demand for PPE supplies by supplying 10,000 gowns weekly to University Hospitals Birmingham. The newly-established Contechs Medical created more than 250 jobs and has another 450 in the pipeline.

All the 2019 Birmingham Post Business Awards winners at the ICC
All the 2019 Birmingham Post Business Awards winners at the ICC

Designed to allow people of all cultures and religions to feel comfortable at work, Contechs Medical produced two unique types of PPE garments, a Hijab and a multi-hairstyle hat. Further innovation was seen in the development of the surgical face mask with transparent anti-mist window.

The decision to diversify has ensured the long-term growth and sustainability of the business. This future-proofing means it can stay ahead of the game in the automotive industry, as a key part of Contechs’ strategy going forward it is developing state-of-the-art, next generation 4.0 electric vehicle platforms.

Sertec Group

Sertec Group specialises in supplying body-in-white components such as aluminium and steel body part components to the automotive industry. While an established lightweight vehicle specialist, Sertec is moving into new markets with a particular focus in expanding into Europe and into the electric vehicle sector. It operates across eight sites, with six manufacturing sites in the Midlands.

Sertec has begun work on a new electric vehicle cell and production line at its Coleshill based site over the past 12 months. It has heavily invested into new technology facilities that will play an integral role in supercharging Sertec’s business growth, establishing it as one of the sector’s leading companies.

The company recently embarked on a recruitment drive to bring in the necessary top-level engineering specialists required to take its electric vehicle expansion plans forward. It also introduced an extensive apprenticeship scheme to run alongside its successful graduate programme, something it is looking to scale up in 2021.

The full list of 2021 categories and sponsors is:

  • New Business of the Year – sponsored by Millennium Point
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by Propel Finance
  • Covid Defiance Award
  • Professional Services Firm of the Year
  • Property and Construction Business of the Year
  • Third Sector Organisation of the Year – sponsored by InYourArea
  • CSR Project of the Year – sponsored by Barclays
  • International Trade and Export Award
  • Young Businessperson of the Year – sponsored by Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Company of the Year (chosen from the category winners)

BusinessLive – West Midlands