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Two awards brought some well-deserved smiles to staff at Edgbaston as Edgbaston Events and Warwickshire Cricket Board both scooped prestigious accolades.

Edgbaston Events secured the award for Outstanding Hospitality Business of the Year at the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce Awards whilst Warwickshire Cricket Board supporter Faizah Hashmi was named Young Leader of the Year at the Chance to Shine Awards.

Having delivered 735 unique events in 2019 and executed multiple events in a COVID-secure environment since the end of the first Government enforced lockdown, Edgbaston Events beat off competition from four marquee venues in Birmingham to be named as Outstanding Hospitality Business of the Year.

In July, Edgbaston Events launched its Safe Meetings & Events Promise, which included a six-point plan designed to provide greater reassurance and comfort to event bookers and their delegates. Additionally, last month the venue opened a restaurant for the live screening of England’s victory over Italy in the final match of the men’s Six Nations rugby championships.

Eighteen-year-old Faizah was presented with the Young Leader award for the fantastic work she has contributed alongside coaches Asma Ajaz-Ali and Minahil Zahoor in developing and running the new Chance to Shine Street for girls’ programme at Moseley School. More than 16 girls attended this programme in 2019-20.

As a member of Kings Heath and Moseley Cricket Clubs, Faizah has used cricket to help overcome personal adversity and mental health challenges to become an inspiration in her local community but also for the game in general.