Winners announced for the West Midlands Finance Awards

winners at the West Midlands Finance Awards 2018

Last week saw the announcement of 10 winners at the prestigious 2018 West Midlands Finance Awards, taking place in front of 500 professionals from the local business community.

Now in its third year, the annual awards ceremony is the only of its kind to recognise the work and achievements of the region’s top finance professionals and businesses.

The ceremony – hosted in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, ICAEW, and RSM - took place on Thursday 15 November at the Birmingham ICC.

Habiba Khatoon, Associate Director of Robert Walters Birmingham, comments:

“We are immensely proud of another successful year for the West Midlands Finance Awards. This ceremony is a chance for us all to celebrate the outstanding work done by finance professionals in the region and promote the contribution they make to the economic and business landscape of the region.

“The awards also raised over £2,000 on the night for our chosen charity Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Paul Faulkner, CEO - Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce comments:

“This awards ceremony comes at an important time for the region, as it starts to really showcase itself as a financial hub. More and more we are seeing the relocation into Birmingham of primary (and secondary) offices for international banks and corporations – who have rightly now turned their attention onto the talent that already exists within our region.”

Big winner’s on the night included accommodation providers Student Roost, who walked away with awards for Business Innovation and Business of the Year.

More and more we are seeing the relocation into Birmingham of primary (and secondary) offices for international banks and corporations.

Steve Towler, Group Finance Manager at Student Roost, commented:

“We are delighted to win these awards! There has been a huge amount of effort & time that has gone into the last 12 months in terms of taking the business from where we were to where we are now.

“The biggest achievement has been that we have created a finance department out of nothing in Birmingham. We completely internalised our entire finance function, and the team have worked incredibly hard for a number of months to bring it all together.”

Chelsey Joanne Bird, winner of the Rising Star of the Year (Qualified) commented:

“This recognition means so much to me and is the first award I have ever received. I had my child at 18 years old, and at the same time was undertaking my accountancy training. I hope this award gives other young people the belief and encouragement to go forwards and achieve in their career.

“This award will only push me further. I’ve worked at Terberg RosRoca Group for just over a year, and they are sponsoring me for an MBA which means a lot to me.”

Birmingham City University’s Jayne Crathorne, winner of the Rising Star of the Year (non/part qualified), commented:  

“I’m absolutely shocked and stunned to receive this award! I’ve been rewarded for doing a job that I’ve absolutely adored and done for 23 years, so thank you to the West Midlands Finance Awards.”

All applications were judged by a panel of business leaders from the region, as well as representatives from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, ICAEW, RSM and Robert Walters.

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West Midlands Finance Awards 2018 winners:

  • Finance Director - Andrew Parris, Tarmac
  • Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part- Qual) - Jayne Crathorne, Birmingham City University
  • Rising Star of the Year (Qual) - Chelsey Joanne Bird, Tergbeg RosRoca
  • Finance Team of the Year (over 20) - McDonalds
  • Finance Team of the Year (20 people or less) - Rehability
  • Not for Profit Finance Team of the Year - Millennium point
  • Shared Service Centre of the Year - Jury’s Inn
  • Excellence in Diversity - Mondelez
  • Business Innovation - Student Roost
  • Business of the Year - Student Roost


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