John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

The annual awards ceremony, held by the regional branch of the IoD, recognises the achievements of business leaders across the West Midlands where the BMF’s headquarters is based. Regional winners then go on to represent the West Midlands in the National Awards in October.

Calum Nisbet, IoD West Midlands regional director, said: “The IoD Awards are public recognition of the key role that business leaders play in driving forward our region’s economy and in job creation. They champion those who provide inspiration for the next generation. Only those who have shown business excellence, ambition, commitment, innovation and strong leadership qualities will reach the shortlist.”

Mr Newcomb is shortlisted in the small company category, for businesses with an annual turnover under £10m. The winners will be announced at a champagne breakfast ceremony on 22 June, when the judges will announce a winner for each category as well as the overall West Midlands’ Director of the Year.