Three digitally-focused companies from the Innovation Birmingham Campus are set to compete with some of the region’s most successful businesses at the Solihull Chamber of Commerce Awards on Thursday 19th October.
Taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the inaugural awards ceremony recognises ventures and individuals across six categories focusing on businesses, apprentices and community contributors, with tech companies from the Campus set to battle it out in four of the six listed categories.
Shortlisted companies include Quick Code Labs (QCL), provider of training focusing on the work-ready application of students’ digital skills, CMA Video, corporate filming, production and animation company, and Limitless Travel, digital holiday and tour operator for anyone living with a disability. Mick Westman, CEO and Founder at Quick Code Labs said:
“It is a fantastic honour to be recognised for our work and I am thrilled for the whole team at QCL. The next generation of employees are already digital savvy with today’s six-year-olds having the same understanding of tech as the average 45-year-old. This digitally innate generation don’t need to learn digital skills, they need to learn how to apply them.”
Quick Code Labs (QCL)
The training course provider has received recognition in the ‘Business Person of the Year’ (Mick Westman) and ‘Apprentice’ categories (Samaira Fareed and Sam Holmes) as it tackles the “limited access to digital talent” to enhance the ability of the city’s entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver new products and services.
Its Campus-based ‘Lab’ hosts a commercial environment for digital talent, offering contracted services to start-ups, local SME businesses and sponsoring corporations. In addition, its Skills Incubator provides a “demand (employer)-led” education programme targeted at those not on the university track, recruiting 100 students in September.
CMA Video, based within the Barclays Eagle Lab, part of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator, has bagged two nominations. In addition being recognised in the ‘Small Business’ category, its Marketing Manager Adam Snelleksz has also landed a nomination for ‘Business Person of the Year’. Adam said:
"We're really proud to be shortlisted for two awards at this year's Chamber of Commerce awards. We've seen huge growth over the last 12 months and it’s fantastic to be recognised by being nominated at the awards.”
Through providing video production services across corporate, marketing, social media, events and conferencing sectors, CMA Video has developed a strong national client base since its arrival on the Campus in May 2017. Snelleksz added:
“We have an exciting few months left in 2017, which will see some of our projects include a cinema advert for Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester and a corporate video for National Express amongst others. Winning a Chamber of Commerce Award would cap a great year for us."
Limitless Travel, provider of accessible tours and assisted holidays for anyone living with a disability, has been nominated in the ‘Start-up Business’ category. The Solihull-based company strives to combat the lack of information available for disabled travellers and the problems faced when visiting new places. Founder Angus Drummond said:
“Limitless Travel is very proud to be a Solihull-based business, it’s great to receive recognition in the area through being nominated for this award. We are targeting growth within the next five years to ensure that we provide opportunities for as many people as possible in the local area.”
Winners will all be announced at Thursday’s ceremony with Heart FM presenter Ed James hosting the awards.