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Changing inter-city travel landscape for business.

WINNER: Chiltern Railways THE JUDGES' COMMENTS: "In a nutshell Chiltern has changed the landscape of inter-city travel for the business community in the West Midlands.

Its commitment to offering a viable alternative to the West Coast Main Line increasingly bears fruit and it has now established itself as a major national transport brand."

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Amadeus is one of the UK's fastest-growing caterers.

Started in 1976, it is the contract catering division of The NEC Group, delivering outstanding retail, exhibition, conference & event catering to around four million visitors a year as well as operating around the UK through their extensive portfolio of venue and event clients, including Olympic Park North in 2012.

Food and creativity is at the heart of what they do but their commercial and industry expertise is where they shine.

Their aim is to provide the strongest commercial partnerships, supporting their clients to achieve their wider business objectives and deliver growth.

Chiltern Railways is the fastest growing train company in the UK, running services between Kidderminster, Birmingham and London Marylebone.

Chiltern was the first British train company to introduce an innovative mobile ticketing app, allowing customers to buy tickets and swipe their phones on the gates at stations.

Their groundbreaking investment of PS150 million to create the Chiltern Mainline between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone introduced fast trains from 90 minutes to the capital and has transformed their West Midlands business.

The increase in passengers using their services to London is unparalleled as customers take advantage of their fast new trains and free Wi-Fi.

Drayton Manor Theme Park is one of the UK's most popular destinations for families and group visitors.

The family owned theme park has worldclass attractions, Europe's only Thomas Land, Apocalypse, voted the UK's scariest ride, Europe's first Ben 10-themed rollercoaster and a 15-acre zoo.

Its newly opened four-star 150 bedroom hotel features 15 Thomas & Friends rooms, as well as two bars and two restaurants.

The park opened in April 1950 with just one restaurant, a tea room, three hand operated rides, six rowing boats, pedal cars and a set of dodgem cars.

Today, Drayton Manor has international appeal.

Pailton Engineering is respected globally as a leader in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing steering systems to diverse market sectors including agriculture, construction, military, commercial vehicle and marine.

Continuing to grow through a programme of investment and exploitation of emerging markets, the company hopes to double its 2009/10 turnover by 2013.

Pailton Engineering is passionate about its roots in the Midlands and the engineering heritage of the region.

Its commitment to its employees - in terms of both continuous professional development and its highly successful apprenticeship scheme - is commendable and an ethos that has continued to contribute to the success of the company.

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Staff from Medium to Large Business Award winners Chiltern Railways with Paul Wright from award sponsor Wright Solutions (far right)
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Oct 11, 2012
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