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Businesses and council projects in line for awards

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A string of Dudley borough businesses and council initiatives have been shortlisted for awards.

The Nachural Business Awards will be handed out on Friday (July 8).

Among the nominations is Dudley Council’s £1billion regeneration blueprints including Metro, Very Light Rail and the developments at Castle Hill. The plans have been included in the potential winners of the Excellence in Technology and Innovation.

The council’s booking system at the household waste and recycling centre in Dudley has been added to the Customer Services category after improving efficiency at the site as well as allowing it to stay open during the pandemic.

A handful of business which were visited by senior council figures as part of the Made in Dudley Borough initiative have also been shortlisted in the awards.

They include The Jewels Academy, a pole fitness, gymnastics and dance studio in Dudley, which has been included in the Community Excellence category. Stourbridge-based James’ Home of Tone which makes guitars, accessories and parts, has been included in the Customer Service Excellence Category.

Sarah Cannings, owner of Saz’s Ceramics and Crafts, which is based at the Red House Glass Cone, is up for Business Woman of the Year.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

I have said many times that we have some incredible businesses in Dudley borough that we should be shouting from the rooftops about – being shortlisted in these awards does exactly that. There are two programmes of work at Dudley Council which have also been shortlisted in these awards, which shows that we are continuously striving for innovation and excellence for the people of this borough. Best of luck to everyone in the awards which will celebrate the very best this borough has to offer.” The awards take place at Wolverhampton Racecourse with the winners will be announced on the night.

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