Businesses prepare for awards success with Osborn workshop

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Those who joined the event were named best workshop attendees by Osborn Communications

June 18, 2024

Businesses were given tips on preparing compelling award entries at a workshop staged by PR experts Osborn Communications.

Representatives of 12 companies attended the first of two free award writing workshops held to enable firms to prepare submissions for this year’s Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards, which opened on Monday.

Advice shared included the best ways of preparing the required information, ways of impressing judges and knowhow on keeping to the word limits.

The workshop, held on Tuesday at the Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology in Dudley, also enabled attendees to ask for practical steps in a question and answer session with Osborn director Chris Leggett.

Osborn Communications, which won the Black Country Chamber of Commerce start-up of the year award in 2021, produces successful digital, PR and marketing work for a range of businesses including large retailers, award-winning training firms and market-leading industrial clients.

With extensive award writing experience and knowledge of staging awards events, since September 2021 the agency’s support has helped businesses achieve 30 award wins and 130 finalist placings as part of strategies to gain recognition for their achievements. The agency is now the PR and communications partner for the Chamber.

Chamber of Commerce Events & Project Officer Marie Shuker said: “Thank you to Chris and Osborn Communications for providing an insightful morning full of tips on how to make the most impact from award entry writing.

“We were pleased to see so many people join us and cannot wait to review the next crop of amazing award submissions by businesses as we honour the innovative, impactful and resilient businesses of the Black Country at this year’s awards celebration.

“With entries now open we encourage Chamber members and non-members across all sectors to share their success stories and celebrate those who drive forward growth and investment.”

More than 500 attendees will join the celebrations of the best of the region’s business community when the Chamber of Commerce stages its awards on Thursday 21 November at University of Wolverhampton at The Halls.

Members and non-members can apply before the closing date on Monday 16 September.

Osborn Communications director Chris Leggett commented: “Thank you to everyone who joined us to make such an enjoyable session on award writing. Promoting your business with an award entry can unlock new opportunities so we wish everyone well in preparing their submissions.

“They were a great group so I was pleased to crown them as Osborn’s workshop audience of the year for their efforts.”

The second workshop will run from 9.30am to 10.30am on Tuesday 3 September.

Categories up for grabs at this year’s awards include business in the community, employer of the year, international trade, manufacturing and engineering, consultancy and professional services, science, technology and innovation, family business of the year, business of the year, small business of the year, start-up of the year, young employee or apprentice of the year, business in schools award, not for profit organisation and apprentice employer of the year.

This year’s award category partners include Halesowen College, Wolves Foundation, KMB Shipping, CKCA Limited, GTG Training Academy & Conference Centre (West Midlands), Forresters, Azets, Six Wands Accountants & Book Keepers, Daniel-Scott Recruitment, Sandwell College and University of Wolverhampton. Sandwell Council have secured an overall partnership for the awards, with more still available.

As the leading regional support agency for firms in the region, the Chamber stages the annual awards as part of its drive to provide platforms and opportunities for businesses looking to grow, connect and become part of a thriving network.

This year’s awards evening will be hosted by TV and radio sports broadcaster Amber Sandhu. Amber, from Wolverhampton, works across BBC Asian Network every Saturday afternoon and reports for Sky Sports News on their Premier League coverage, having also worked for BBC Midlands Today, Radio WM and 5live.

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