Our Sponsors

Take part in the Express & Star Business Awards and showcase your business 

2023 Category Sponsors

We can only hold these awards because of the support of our sponsors. All nine companies have returned as sponsors – some have been with us for many years.

Our warmest thanks go to Carvers Building Supplies, Crowe, Higgs LLP and Collins Aerospace, Homeserve Furniture Repairs, Richardson, MNA Digital and Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology


Thanks also go to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre who are once again sponsoring the drinks reception at the awards evening, Yarrington, who produce the event and Wolverhampton Racecourse, our chosen venueand Silvaman, who are our trophy sponsor.

All the finalists, along with our sponsors and other representatives from the region’s businesses and civic communities will attend the glittering awards night at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Thursday, June 8 2023.


Find out more about our sponsors below. 

Higgs LLP

Small to Medium Sized Business

This will be the ninth year that Higgs LLP will be sponsoring the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year category in the Express & Star’s Business Awards. As a firm we believe the SME sector is at the heart of any successful region and that it forms a key part of the thriving West Midlands economy. Our continued support of the Express & Star’s Business awards underlines our commitment to supporting those businesses big and small that help to make this such a vibrant and successful economic region.


sponsoring Family Business of the Year

We’re proud to sponsor the E&S Family Business award for a forth year running, to help recognise and celebrate the contribution that family businesses make to the economy.

We support and advise many family businesses across the Black Country, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the wider Midlands offering accountancy, tax, advisory and risk services.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs

sponsoring Growth & innovation

2023 is the second year for Homeserve Furniture Repairs to part of the Express & Star Business Awards as sponsors. After winning both the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year in 2019 for Best Use of Technology, they are keen to be involved for a second year. They have been established since 2004, starting with only 1 client and now have over 400 clients, including all of the UK’s largest furniture retailers.

Collins Aerospace

sponsoring Manufacturing Champion

Collins Aerospace have provided their support for the Express & Star Business Awards for many years and we are pleased to welcome them onboard again for 2023 as Manufacturing Champion sponsors. From the smallest details to the highest pursuits, Collins Aerospace is dedicated to redefining aerospace. At Collins Aerospace, we work side-by-side with our customers to tackle the toughest challenges in aerospace and defence.

Carvers Building Supplies

sponsoring Young Business of the Year

Carvers are once again delighted to support the ‘Young Business of the Year’ category.

Henry Carver is proud to champion young, local businesses.

“A vibrant small business sector is the future of our City and the Black Country, as old industries die and new ones replace them.

“Young businesses, need to be nurtured and encouraged and that is just what the Express and Star Business Awards are all about and is why we are delighted to support them. I am looking forward to the 2023 events and shining the spotlight on some great fledgling businesses,” he says.


sponsoring Business Person of the Year

The Richardson family business has joined the Express & Star Business Awards as sponsors of the Business Person of the Year Category. Richardson is a multi-generational family business with a real estate and growth capital portfolio that is embedded across the world.

Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology

sponsoring Apprentice of The Year

The Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology is a major new development based in Dudley and will be opening in September 2021, approved to deliver a wide range of higher-level courses in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Medical engineering & healthcare
  • Modern construction methodologies
  • Digital technologies as a cross-cutting theme.

Specialising in higher level technical education programmes and Apprenticeships, the new employer-led Institute brings together the training offer of Dudley College of Technology in collaboration with key partners including University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, In-Comm Training Services Limited and Avensys UK Limited.

MNA Digital

sponsoring best marketing campaign

MNA Digital are proud to be sponsoring the Express & Star Business Awards again, this year for the Best Marketing Campaign. 


They’re a cutting-edge digital marketing agency based in Wolverhampton, where their team of dedicated digital experts help you grow your business that give a long-lasting impression. As part of MNA Media, a leading regional publisher, they’ve been supporting local businesses with their marketing for over 140 years. 


MNA Digital provide services such as bespoke website design, paid search, social media advertising and SEO services for businesses throughout the UK. 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

sponsoring drinks reception

Wolverhampton Grand is a long-established theatre in the heart of the Midlands. It receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children’s shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK, with audiences from across the region and beyond taking advantage of excellent transport links to the town. Admired by performers and audiences alike for its intimate three-tiered Victorian auditorium, the Grand celebrated its 125th Anniversary in December 2019.

Silvaman Group

Trophy Sponsor

Silvaman are a specialist contractor operating solely within the retail sector. Working closely with brands and shopping centre operators across Europe, we deliver a mixture of both internal fit out and general build solutions for both in this challenging sector. Renown for our expertise we have forged successful partnerships with brands and operators Worldwide, growing these relationships by deploying our highly skilled workforce and solutions for a seamless project delivery. We are pleased to support the prestigious E&S Business Awards that champion the best businesses in our region.

Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse is owned by Arena Racing Company, the largest racecourse operator in the UK. Racing began in Wolverhampton in 1825 and moved to the current racecourse site in 1888, the first race meeting being held on 13 August. We are proud that in 1994, HRH Queen Elizabeth II re-opened the new Wolverhampton Racecourse. Britain’s first floodlit racecourse, Wolverhampton Racecourse now welcome 120,000 visitors each year across 80 race fixtures, music live events and conferences.


Yarrington is an established, award-winning, marketing, graphic design, web design, video and event management company providing a full range of services from our offices in Shrewsbury, Shropshire to clients across the UK and Europe. From live streaming to bespoke App development, Yarrington have the solution to your business needs. Now in our twenty fifth year, the wealth of experience available through Yarrington sets us apart from the competition.

Express & Star

The Express & Star, which is dedicated to making a difference, is once again sponsoring the prestigious Business of the Year category in its 2023 business awards.

The Business of the Year category has been selected because as a publishing platform the team highlight businesses in the Black Country and surrounding area and continually shine a spotlight on the trades.