Birmingham-based advertising, social and creative agency OWB has been shortlisted for the prestigious small/medium sized business of the year award in the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.
Having a string of awards to its name already, including the Birmingham Post Creative and Digital Agency of the Year 2015/16, the Fazeley Street agency as evolved over the last 16 years to bring together boundary-pushing creative with search, advertising and PR services that deliver true value and ROI for its clients.
To be among the final 12 nominees, OWB had to clearly demonstrate its 16 year heritage and how it measures and analyses success for its clients as well as community initiatives.
Andy Wilkinson, co-owner of OWB, said: “Throughout the agency’s history we have always taken an active decision to be innovative in the ways in which we do business with both our clients our team and the communities in which we work.
“From hosting events and lectures, to the delivery of a customer engagement programme, and our commitment to the community including our delivery of the Big Hoot, which raised an outstanding £500,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we are thrilled to have been recognised and chosen to be among the final few in this award category.”
The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to an expert judging panel who will decide the overall winners.
Described as “the Oscars of great British business” by David Cameron, former Prime Minister, this year’s prestigious award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 15th November, at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, where the winners will be revealed.
For the first time, RT Hon Conor McGinn MP recently hosted a reception for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards at the House of Commons. This enabled finalists to meet fellow entrants, the National Business Awards Advisory Board members, judges (who they will present to in September) and sponsors of each category.
Tom Broughton, Group Brand Director of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards said: “Due to the high number of entries for this years’ awards, narrowing the entries down to 140 finalists was a difficult task. But through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, the selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality and diversity across a range of business sectors within the UK. We are now looking forward to the next step of the process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.”