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ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARDS 2019


Excellence in Manufacturing: Nick Barton (Birmingham Airport, left) and Saqib Bhatti (right), with winners KEP Print Group


Excellence in Manufacturing Sponsors: Birmingham Airport


KEP Print Group


KEP Print Group, in an industry where countless print manufacturers have closed since the rise of digital marketing, have not only survived but made major changes to enter into a new chapter of sustainable growth. The Group has been a staple of the Greater Birmingham business


community for 40 years and continuously produces quality products for some of the nation’s leading brands. It is a key influencer in the print industry, dedicated to excellence in


President’s choice: St Basil’s chief executive Jean Templeton with Saqib Bhatti and a St Basil’s cardboard house with signatures of messages from people the charity has supported


Dedicated St Basil’s chief is Saqib’s choice


Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basils since 2000, was the recipient of the special President’s Award from Saqib Bhatti. Before leading one of Birmingham most successful charitable organisation, which helps homeless young people, Jean had over 20 years’ experience of managing housing and neighbourhood services in a number of local authorities in the North East and Midlands. Jean is currently Third Sector


Assembly Champion for Housing in Birmingham and is a member of Birmingham’s Housing Partnership Board and Birmingham Social Housing Partnership Executive. She is Chair of the West


Midlands’ Mayor’s Homelessness Taskforce and is a member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on Rough Sleeping and Homelessness and chairs the national Youth Homelessness Parliament. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Birmingham in 2006


10 CHAMBERLINK May 2019 Jean said: “I’m particularly


pleased to received Saqib’s Chamber President’s Award because this is also an accolade for the amazing support we get from Birmingham’s business community. “Our links with business are


vital in tackling and preventing homelessness. Keeping people in work and finding pathways into work are a critical contribution to a longer term solution, alongside the invaluable professional and fundraising support businesses contribute.” Saqib added: “Homelessness is


something we all feel very strongly about. I was honoured to present Jean with the President's Award. She is someone who has committed to addressing this issue and has shown an exceptional determination to do so. “Thousands of families have


been impacted positively by her work and so many people from around the West Midlands have told me that she is deserving of this award.”


Excellence in People Development: Caroline Hill (Wesleyan, second from left) with winners National Express and Saqib Bhatti (right)


Excellence in People Development Sponsors:Wesleyan


National Express


The public transport company is driven by the belief that they are a people business, employing many thousands and moving millions of customers. As well as being the biggest proportion of their workforce, they regard


their bus and coach drivers are their most important and most valuable asset. Their new Master Driver programme helps to recognise the challenges


that the drivers have to overcome. It improves their skills, increases their engagement and rewards development. This programme is unique within the public transport sector and it is


already helping to deliver a prouder, more engaged workforce and an even safer, better service for customers. The Master Driver programme ensures that their drivers, who are some


of the most difficult employees to reach because they are continually on the roads, are listened to. After receiving feedback from their drivers, National Express wanted to show that they listen and recognise their work.


customer service and proactively provides environmental and economical solutions for clients. They champion sustainability and environmental responsibility and care for its employees and the surrounding community. Through many changes and the economic depression of 2008, KEP


stood at the forefront of print manufacturing and solidified their presence in the industry by investing in R&D to design patented cardboard engineered products. As a result, KEP won and maintained countless major UK print contracts.


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