Entries have now closed for the premier business campaign in the region

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The Express & Star Business Awards acknowledge the very best people and organisations across the region. A wide range of companies choose to take part, from all sectors of the economy.

For the selected finalists there are significant publicity benefits and real kudos for the eventual winners.

Company information on the entry forms is treated in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to anyone other than the relevant judges.

Preliminary judging of all the entries will take place shortly after the closing date of Tuesday, February 11, 2014 and three finalists selected in each category for on-site visits. This line-up is at the discretion of the judging panel according to the laid down criteria which can be found on the categories page.

Sometime during the two weeks, March 31 to April 11, 2014, the companies in the frame will be visited by a small group of sponsor representatives and this face-to-face interview decides the ultimate winner.

A few days prior to the awards event, which takes place on Thursday, May 15, the finalist companies are profiled in the Express & Star.

If you have any queries, call the awards project team on 01902 319360. They will be happy to help.

For full details on how to enter visit the How to Enter page - entries have now closed!

Meet our finalists:

Business of the Year
Sponsored by Express & Star

Boss Design Ltd, Dudley
EDM Group Ltd, Wolverhampton
Lift & Engineering Services Ltd, Cradley Heath
Palletways, Lichfield

Export Award
Sponsored by Lloyds Bank

Boss Design Ltd, Dudley
Mechatherm International, Kingswinford
Mercian Labels Ltd, Cannock

Manufacturing Champion
Sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems

Boss Design Ltd, Dudley
Exol Lubricants Ltd, Wednesbury
Lift & Engineering Services Ltd, Cradley Heath

Young Business of the Year
Sponsored by Carvers

Engineers Mate Ltd, Kingswinford
Home Instead Senior Care, Wolverhampton
R & D Tax Claims Ltd, Wolverhampton

Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
Sponsored by Higgs & Sons

Essington Farm, Wolverhampton
Oosha Ltd, Wolverhampton
Top Tubes Ltd, Wednesbury

Innovation Award
Sponsored by University of Wolverhampton

Alan Nuttall Ltd, Dudley
EDM Group Ltd, Wolverhampton
Network Packaging Ltd, Wolverhampton

Best Place to Work
Sponsored by Aspray24

Mercian Labels Ltd, Cannock
Village Urban Resort Dudley, Dudley
Zeel Solutions, Wolverhampton

Community Champion
Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

A F Blakemore & Son Ltd, Willenhall
Complete Kidz CiC Ltd, Smethwick
Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP, Oldbury

Business Growth
Sponsored by BDO

Engineers Mate Ltd, Kingswinford
Inex Home Improvements Ltd, Willenhall
Lift & Engineering Services Ltd, Cradley Heath

Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organisation
Sponsored by Walsall Housing Group

Groundwork West Midlands, Tipton
Steps to Work, Walsall
Wolverhampton Homes, Wolverhampton

Apprentice Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Wolverhampton City Council

Jane James@Evergreen, Wolverhampton
Metsec plc, Oldbury
Walter Smith Fine Foods, Birmingham