Our Sponsors

The Express & Star Awards acknowledge the very best people and organisations across the region.

We can only hold these awards because of the support of our sponsors. Four of the nine companies have returned as sponsors – some have been with us for many years.

Our warmest thanks go to Carvers Building Supplies, Crowe, Higgs & Sons and Collins Aerospace.

And we are delighted to welcome new sponsors, Homeserve Furniture Repairs, Richardson, MNA Digital and Willmott Dixon.

Thanks also go to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre who are once again sponsoring the drinks reception at the awards evening, Yarrington, who produce the event and Wolverhampton Racecourse, our chosen venue. Silvaman, who are our trophy sponsor and Fuji Film our affiliate sponsor.

All the finalists, along with our sponsors and other representatives from the region’s businesses and civic communities will attend the glittering awards night at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Thursday, June 11.

Find out more about our sponsors below. 

2020 Category Sponsors 

Carvers Building Supplies

Sponsoring Young Business of the Year

Carvers are once again delighted to support the Young Business of the Year category. Henry Carver (Managing Director of Carvers) champions young local businesses and comments “A vibrant small business sector is the future of our City and the Black Country, as old industries die and new ones replace them. Young businesses, above all need to be nurtured and encouraged and that is what the Express and Star business awards are all about and that is why we are pleased to be associated with them. I am looking forward to the 2019 events and shining the spotlight on some great fledgling businesses”.

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MNA Digital

Sponsoring Best Use of Digital Technology

MNA Digital are experts in helping you to make an impression online and are proud to be sponsoring the Best Use of Digital Technology at the 2020 Express & Star Business Awards. 

We’ve been supporting local businesses with their marketing for over 140 years. Today, our team of dedicated digital experts combine their experience to deliver effective marketing solutions including performance driven websites, paid search and SEO.

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Higgs & Sons Solicitors

Sponsoring Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year

This will be the eighth year that Higgs & Sons will be sponsoring the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year category in the Express & Star’s Business Awards. As a firm we believe the SME sector is at the heart of any successful region and that it forms a key part of the thriving West Midlands economy. Our continued support of the Express & Star’s Business awards underlines our commitment to supporting those businesses big and small that help to make this such a vibrant and successful economic region.

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Crowe U.K. LLP

Sponsoring Family Business of the Year

We're proud to sponsor the E&S Family Business award for a third year running, to help recognise and celebrate the contribution that family businesses make to the economy.

We support and advise many family businesses across the Black Country, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the wider Midlands offering accountancy, tax, advisory and risk services.

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Homeserve Furniture and Repairs

Sponsoring Growth and Innovation Award

2020 is the first year for Homeserve Furniture Repairs to part of the Express & Star Business Awards as sponsors. After winning both the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year in 2019 and Best Use of Technology they are keen to be involved for a second year. They have been established in 2004 starting with only 1 client and now have clients include some of the UK's largest Restaurant Chains, Retailers.

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Collins Aerospace

Sponsoring Manufacturing Champion

Collins Aerospace have provided their support for the Express & Star Business Awards for many years and we are pleased to welcome them onboard again for 2020 as Manufacturing Champion sponsors. From the smallest details to the highest pursuits, Collins Aerospace is dedicated to redefining aerospace. At Collins Aerospace, we work side-by-side with our customers to tackle the toughest challenges in aerospace and defence.

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Willmott Dixon

Sponsoring Community Champion

Willmott Dixon have joined the Express & Star business awards for the first time in 2020 as Community Champion Sponsors. Being a large company means we can create a huge and lasting positive impact on our society. This is not only done through what we build and maintain; it’s achieved through the fantastic efforts of our people who make a major contribution to enhancing their local communities. Which is why Willmott Dixon are committed to finding similar companies across the Black Country that invest in key areas and shall be crowed winner of the Community Champion Award.

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Sponsoring Business Person of the Year

Richardson have joined the Express & Star Business Awards as sponsors of the Business Person of the Year Category. Richardson is a multi-generation family business with a variety of real estate portfolios and general business holdings. We also co-invest and partner in both established and new business sectors.

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2020 Associate Sponsors 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Wolverhampton Grand is a long-established theatre in the heart of the Midlands. It receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children’s shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK, with audiences from across the region and beyond taking advantage of excellent transport links to the town. Admired by performers and audiences alike for its intimate three-tiered Victorian auditorium, the Grand celebrates its 125th Anniversary in December 2019.

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Silvaman’s specialist team are renowned for project managing turn-key developments for high end, luxury retail brands across the UK. Silvaman has the knowledge, skill and expertise to deliver sensational results on the most demanding of retail fit-out schedules. Silvaman’s fit-out teams understand the specialist challenges associated with working on buildings in a wide range of locations, conditions and heritage statuses.

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Fuji Film

Beginning in 1934 as Japan's pioneering photographic film maker, Fujifilm has leveraged its imaging and information technology to become a global presence known for innovation in healthcare, graphic arts, optical devices, highly functional materials and other high-tech areas.

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Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse is owned by Arena Racing Company, the largest racecourse operator in the UK. Racing began in Wolverhampton in 1825 and moved to the current racecourse site in 1888, the first race meeting being held on 13 August. We are proud that in 1994, HRH Queen Elizabeth II re-opened the new Wolverhampton Racecourse. Britain's first floodlit racecourse, Wolverhampton Racecourse now welcome 120,000 visitors each year across 80 race fixtures, music live events and conferences.

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Yarrington is an established, award-winning, marketing, graphic design, web design, video and event management company providing a full range of services from our offices in Shrewsbury, Shropshire to clients across the UK and Europe. Now in our twenty first year, the wealth of experience available through Yarrington sets us apart from the competition.

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