Night of celebration for cream of West Midlands business

It was a night of euphoric cheers and wild celebration for the 11 companies who took the trophies in the Express & Star Business Awards 2014.

Family firm Inex Home Improvements, of Willenhall, won the business growth award.

Managing director Dean Nunn, who started the business 13 years ago with his wife Janine, said: “I’m gobsmacked and really chuffed to have won.”

Mr Nunn described Inex, which has doubled its revenue in just 18 months after undergoing a restructuring, as ‘a happy family, who cry and laugh together.’

The construction and building company, which now employs 46, has won a series of awards this year.

Willenhall-based food and drink, wholesale, retail and distribution group A F Blakemore & Son was crowned community champion.

Judges’ commented that the widespread involvement of staff at all levels in community projects was key to the firm’s success, an observation which supervisor administrator Jo Steventon was keen to emphasise.

“Everyone at the firm gets involved in the work we do in the community,” she said. “To see our name up there as winners makes it all worthwhile.

“We are proud of the area we work in and to give something back to the community really benefits the company by getting everyone working together as a team.”

Clare Knowles, the firm’s corporate affairs officer added: “The majority of the work we do is in areas of high deprivation and it makes sense to us to support these areas.”

The 97-year-old family owned company has supported almost 50,000 people in 322 community groups since its community engagement programme started in 2008.

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