Museum praised as business of the year.
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THE Black Country Living Museum and Sandwell Women's Aid claimed the coveted Business of the Year Awards at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards 2015.
More than 400 people attended the event at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
The Black Country Living Museum won the Business of the Year - Large Business award.
One of the UK's top five open-air museums and the leading authority on Black Country heritage, the Dudleybased museum has welcomed more than eight million visitors since it opened almost 40 years ago.
The museum is now flying high after being turned around, moving from loss to profit.
The judges said: "This stand-out large business of the year, which combines passion and enthusiasm with a firm business approach, is taking heritage to another level."
The museum was also named Social Enterprise or Charity of the Year.
Sandwell Women's Aid, which supports women, children and men who have been victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and international human trafficking, won the Business of the Year Award - Small Business category.
The judges said: "Their business model covered all aspects of life dealing with matters people are often reluctant to talk about.
"The charity demonstrates a commitment right across the board, resulting in a strategy to be the very best in everything they do."
Ninder Johal, president of Black Country Chamber of Commerce, said "I would like to congratulate all our winners and thank the many more businesses who have taken part in the awards this year.
"Our judges were very impressed with the high standard and diversity of award entries. They had some very difficult decisions to make.
"It was great to see so many people celebrating Black Country business success."
Category winners included the Midcounties Co-operative, Klick Business Solutions, ASSA ABLOY, Dudley College and Futura Group.
Staff from the Black Country Living Museum collect the Large Business of the Year award at the 2015 Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards