MBCC Awards

14th October 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport (West Midlands).


An awards scheme set up by Zoe Bennett, who made headlines following her successful battle against the Jamaica Tourist Board, took place last for the first time last year in October and saw Gavin Williamson MP – Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip – thanked for his part in campaigning on her behalf.

Zoe Bennett’s father, Errol, was on holiday in Jamaica when he was murdered by his nephew in a bungled robbery at his holiday villa, who was finally sentenced to four decades in jail after years of delays in getting the case to court. Zoe faced death threats, with Gavin Williamson MP stepping in to aide her cause, ensuring she didn’t have to return to Jamaica – the source of the threats.

The Midlands Business & Community Charity Awards were set up by Zoe to recognise people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and who have contributed to society and helped others, with the glitzy award ceremony to be held for the second year on 14th October 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport (West Midlands). All profits from the event are being donated to four charities – The NSPCC, The Haven Wolverhampton, UKCAB and Breast Cancer Now.

This year’s black tie awards ceremony will be co-hosted by ITV Presenter Leah Charles King and U.K’s largest joined up Networking Group Owner Brad Burton. Justine Williamson MBE will be hosting interviews on the red carpet and joined by dignitaries such as the Mayor of Birmingham.

The awards were able to come to fruition due to the support from Paycare, a not-for-profit health cash plan provider based in Wolverhampton, who were the first years main sponsors and supported Zoe every step of the way.

Gavin Williamson MP explained: “I am delighted to have been involved in this fantastic event,” Gavin explained: “The awards show just how lucky we are to have so many truly amazing people in the West Midlands. I’m immensely proud of the work that volunteers do across the region to support the most vulnerable in society. Huge congratulations to all of the shortlisted individuals.”

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