The founder of BBC Asian Network Anita Bhalla OBE has scooped the ‘Brummie of the Year’ award at the Birmingham Awards.

The event, which took place last Saturday, was the 5th Birmingham Awards and the organisers felt such a milestone should be marked by celebrating in one of Birmingham most iconic buildings the Library of Birmingham.

The founders of the Birmingham Awards are Ifraz Ahmed & Anita Chumber, they both added the following messages about the night.

Anita said, “We created the awards because we believe that a city of ambitious, vibrant & inspirational people & organisations needs a platform to highlight & celebrate the incredible work being done.”

Ifraz said, “We are passionate about ensuring that we all come together collectively to celebrate each other. We want to identify & acknowledge the unsung hero, using their stories to inspire others to do the same. Recognition, support, collaboration & celebration are key to our city & region to grow & prosper.”

Hosted by Heart FM’s Ed James who did a magnificent job of keeping the evening proceedings in order with plenty of entertainment.

Keynote speaker was Midlands Metro Mayor, Andy Street with an engaging and inspiring opening speech heaping praise on the city and saying “the future of Birmingham has never looked so optimistic”.

Live entertainment on the night was provided by Aston Performing Arts Academy who had the whole room on their feet. No matter how many times you may have seen them perform, it always feels like the first time, they are an amazing act and know how to energise a room.

Balvinder Sidhu of ITV picked up the ‘Excellence in Media’ award

Balvinder Sidhu of ITV was also presented with the ‘Excellence in Media’ award.

Images by Jas Sansi and Mr Ladd Media.

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