Sandwell Business Ambassadors celebrate shortlisting success

We are sending massive congratulations to the finalists in the Black Country Chamber Awards. This year sees ten businesses and business people from Sandwell shortlisted, including Sandwell Business Ambassador Paul Hull.

Established six years ago, the awards are the region’s leading platform for recognising business achievements across a wide range of categories. The finalists have been whittled down by a panel of judges from hundreds of applications, and ten Sandwell-based people and organisations have been shortlisted across the fourteen categories.

Shortlisted for ‘Business Person of the Year’ is Sandwell Business Ambassador, Wednesbury-born Paul Hull, the owner and director of Tipton-based KMB Shipping. Last year Paul took the title of ‘Sandwell Business Person of the Year’ in the Sandwell Business Awards for his commitment to helping companies streamline their international transportation systems.

Paul joined us in August, bringing his 20 years of experience and expertise to advocate for business in the borough. He said: “I’ve grown up in the area so I know what a great place it is to live and work. I’m very passionate about supporting and promoting business in Sandwell, and it’s a great honour for this work to be recognised by the Black Country Chamber.”

Other finalists include Dolphin Lifts Midlands, based in West Bromwich, which has been shortlisted in three categories – ‘Small Business of the Year’, ‘Family Business of the Year’ and ‘High Growth Business of the Year’.

Three Sandwell companies have been shortlisted for ‘Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering’ – A&M EDM, IPU Group and Lord Combustion Services, which is also shortlisted for a ‘Customer Commitment’ award.

Sandwell’s bright future was also recognised with three finalists in the ‘Young Person or Apprentice of the Year’ category. These are Sam Owers from Plumbing World in Rowley Regis, Jamie Wilkes from Robinson Brothers in West Bromwich and Aleksandra Zurowska from Sandwell College.

Other shortlisted organisations are Howells Patent Glazing from Cradley Heath (‘Community Champion’) and SIPS Education from West Bromwich (‘Large Business of the Year’ and ‘Education and Business Partnership’). SIPS Education’s Christine Hinson is also one of the our Ambassadors.

Alan Taylor, chair of Sandwell Business Ambassadors, said: “It’s great to have so many Sandwell businesses recognised in these prestigious awards. We’re especially pleased that Paul’s hard work with SBA to support companies across the borough is getting the notice it deserves. We’ll be keeping fingers firmly crossed for him, and all Sandwell’s other wonderful finalists.”

The winners will be announced at a gala evening at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Friday 15 November.
Book your ticket here.


The Ambassadors are a collective of business people in the Sandwell area with the aim of supporting the Sandwell Business Community.

Find out more


See below for the most frequently asked questions.

View FAQs

Contact us

If you want to find out more about the Ambassadors or how we can help you, please see below to get in touch.

Get in touch

Other news

  • Secure your business: you’re invited to our Cyber Security Masterclass

    Join us on Tuesday 16 July for a masterclass in...

    Read more
  • ‘A responsible and informed voice’: Sandwell Business Ambassadors sign new charter

    The Sandwell Business Ambassadors have signed a charter to show...

    Read more
  • Sandwell Council launches Wednesbury Town Centre Masterplan: have your say

    Residents, businesses and community groups can have their say on...

    Read more