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Meet the winners of the Express & Star Business Awards 2017

The Express & Star Business Awards 2017 proved an occasion to highlight the very best our region has to offer in the world of commerce and industry.

Companies large and small from across the Black Country and south Staffordshire, showed why this remains the beating heart of the UK's business community. 

Below is a showcase of the winner's from the night, you can view the full interviews below or take a look at our gallery from the awards ceremony.

Interested in shining a light on your business this year? Why not enter you're business into the Express & Star Business Awards 2018. Find out more about how to enter here.

Business of the Year: 

Marston’s Beer Company

Marston’s Beer Company is a market leading business – one of its bottled beers is sold every three seconds.

The business is led by Richard Westwood, who joined the business in 1976, under guidance of group CEO Ralph Findlay.

It serves its customers from five breweries in Wolverhampton, Burton, Ringwood, Cockermouth and Witney.


Young Business of the Year

Little Dessert Shop

The Wednesfield-based Little Dessert Shop chain has proved a rapid success story since its first shop opened in Queen Street, Wolverhampton, in May 2015.

The company, which formed in November 2014 and has its head office in Wolverhampton Road, now employs 40 and achieved £500,000 turnover for its last financial year.


Best Use of Technology 

Dudley Building Society

Dudley Building Society transformed customer service thanks to a new print on demand and product launch system.

The new platform, which enables the 159-year-old Dudley Building Society to introduce new products much more quickly.

The system also helps customers understand the range of savings accounts and decide which product might suit them best.


Customer Service Champion 

STK Fire and Risk Management

STK Fire and Risk Management , based at the Technology Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive delivers fire Safety and health and safety services

STK has grown to employ 17 and last financial year had turnover of £243,000.
formed in 2006, the business ensures customers receive “over delivery” of services as well as improving their safety compliance.


Best Place to Work 

HomeServe Membership

The home assistance business, which employs more than 3,000 across the UK was formed 23 years ago and has its headquarters at Cable Drive.

Its investment in its people saw HomeServe last year being named in the UK’s top three best places to work by Glassdoor and was also the only company from the home assistance sector in the top 50 list.

Community Champion

 SPV Group

SPV Group is a specialist refurbishment business offering services in roofing,
cladding and glazing operating from its head office in Walsall.

The group has undertaken a string of activities, providing roofing work for local dogs' home Rosedene Rescue, new kit for the football team at Villiers Primary School and taking the team to a match at Walsall FC.

Manufacturing Champion

Roadlink International

Roadlink International, which has been going for 35 years and employs 40, is a leading supplier of parts for commercial vehicles.

It offers a complete range of manufactured and remanufactured braking solutions, including calipers and brake shoes as well as an extensive range of pads, discs and drums.


Growth & Innovation Award 

AM Griffiths & Son

AM Griffiths & Son in Thomas Street, which dates back to 1899, enjoyed a record year in 2015-2016 with turnover of £23 million.

AMG, which now employs 56, has become one of the Midlands foremost providers of construction solutions to the education, industrial, commercial, healthcare, housing, retail, leisure and heritage sectors in the region.


Micro Business of the Year 

Wealth Design

The company based in the Lagonda Suite, Virage Point, Green Lane, reached turnover of £475,000 for its last financial year.

Wealth Design, which employs four, provides tailored independent financial advice covering pensions, investments, trust funds, tax and inheritance tax planning and protection.


Small  to Medium Sized Business of the Year

1st Access UK

1st Access, which is based at The Courtyard, John Harper Street, makes, installs and services aluminium windows, roller shutters, automatic doors and industrial door products.

The 1st Access Group now includes 1st Access UK, provides national, 24/7 service and maintenance to all types of roller shutters and industrial doors.