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2016 finalists get down to business; Fionnuala Bourke Commercial Editor fionnuala.bourke@trinitymirror.com.

HUNDREDS of members of Birmingham's business community are counting down the weeks to this year's major celebration of the city's entrepreneurial successes.

More than 650 guests are expected to attend this year's Birmingham Post Business Awards at the ICC on Wednesday, October 26.

The full shortlist has now been announced, including the Creative Communications & Digital Business category, sponsored by Bodypower, in which the finalists are Connect Group, Story Comms and Top Banana.

A total of 101 companies entered BPBA 2016.

The winners of each category will be announced at the gala ceremony Mr Brown said: "Looking back at the last 12 months, once again this region has been the UK's export success story, yet again Greater Birmingham has attracted a host of companies, unemployment has fallen, employment has risen and this city looks like one with a strong future.

"Now there's a long line of people looking to take credit for all this but it is our businesses and our entrepreneurs that drive these things on. it's people who have a dream, chase it, back their expertise and create jobs on the back of it.

"In short, people like you." Amplify general manager, Sally Walder, also welcomed guests and said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Birmingham Post Business Awards.

"It is important for the local business community to get together and celebrate our achievements, and this annual event is the perfect forum to do this."

BPBA sponsors Champions, who organised the Champagne reception, further honoured the finalists.

Champions managing director, Matt Hayes, said: "Everyone here at Champions (UK) plc are thoroughly looking forward to the imminent Birmingham Post Business Awards. "Each of the finalists are sure to be on tenterhooks between now and the event and will no doubt be hoping that they will walk away with a prestigious accolade at the end of the night.

"Good luck to everyone!" | Tickets cost PS100 +VAT per ticket or PS1,000+VAT for a table of 10 and include a Champagne reception and three-course sit down meal. For further details and to buy tickets contact Ashleigh Kerr at Champions at akerr@championsukplc.com or call her on 08453 31 30 31 The BPBA 2016 finalists ? Company of the Year Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover - Access Bookings - The Belfry - HydraForce - Inspired Thinking Group? Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Jerroms - Curium Solutions - Fracino - RP Technologies Ltd? New Business of the Year Sponsored by Inspirational Magazine - Colmore Tang Construction - Eastside Co - Spring Housing Association? Business Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Browne Jacobson - Inspired Thinking Group Ltd - The Strings Club Ltd - UK Power Reserve? Services Award Sponsored by Birmingham City University - Smith Cooper - Squire, Patton, Boggs - Weightmans LLP? Sales and Marketing Award Sponsored by Janine Edwards - Connect Group - The Belfry - The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel? Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Manufacturing Award Sponsored by Mattioli Woods plc - Fracino - Hydraforce - RP Technologies? Excellence in Science and Technology Award Sponsored by Liberty House Group - Connect Group - Cooksongold - UPG PLC? Retail Business of the Year Sponsored by Champions (UK) plc - Harvey Nicholls - Hitari Trade - Selfridges? Creative Communications & Digital Business of the Year Sponsored by Bodypower - Connect Group - Story Comms - Top Banana? Export Award Sponsored by Birmingham Airport - Crofts and Assinder - Hydraforce - Shades CP Limited? Contribution to the Community Award Sponsored by Turkish Airlines - Ladies fighting Breast Cancer - MediZen Ltd - Opus Restaurants Ltd? Not-For-Profit Organisation Award Sponsored by IKEA - Birmingham's Childrens Hospital - John Taylor Hospice - Spring Housing Association

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which will be hosted by TV personality Dominic Holland and ITV weather presenter Emma Jesson. Last night finalists celebrated being shortlisted at a Champagne reception hosted by Amplify at the Foundry Restaurant at the Barclaycard Arena. They were welcomed by Graeme Brown, acting executive editor of BPM Media, which publishes the Birmingham Post.

From left: Chris Tolley, Steve Parker and Denise Kaskew

Bill Mooney, Steve Harris and Miles Carroll

Jason Stokes and Laura Doxford

From left: Wayne Smith, Antony Green and Jaswant Gill

Vicky Weston, Sally Walder and Elinor Eustace

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