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Awards night '03: it's the business

The AM Awards 2003 is set to be the biggest automotive business event of the year. More than 70 companies have been shortlisted for the 14 categories – and the winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony staged at Birmingham International Convention Centre on February 27.

The hotly anticipated AM event has been expanded following the merger of the industry leading Automotive Management and AutoTrade titles. Automotive retail groups, garage equipment suppliers, carmakers and repairers are among the companies competing for the awards that carry the most prestige in the industry.

For the first time we will be announcing our industry personality of the year, a judgement that will be made by AM editor Stephen Briers to the person who made the most significant contribution to the motor industry in 2002. In every other category an outright winner will be announced on the night – a departure from the gold, silver and bronze awards in previous years at the Automotive Management event.

AM has whittled down the shortlisted companies from more than 100 entries.

Table bookings are now being taken, with a number of leading AM100 groups already confirmed. One dealer chief executive is planning to bring a high-powered boss from a top carmaker to the event; as always the black-tie awards dinner offers a great opportunity to network – and, with the post-awards casino, a chance to win at roulette.

AM will also be welcoming special guests US president George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to the awards… well almost.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw, star of the BBC radio and television series Dead Ringers, will provide the entertainment at the AM Awards, giving his individual interpretation of world leaders and celebrities after the dinner. With a catalogue of an estimated 350 impressions, few celebrities are safe from his sharp-witted humour.

Presenter for the awards ceremony is Lucy Alexander, who co-anchors London Tonight, Carton's news programme for London and the South-east. Lucy, a former winner of the RTS best newcomer to television journalism, has also produced reports and features for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

To reserve your place at the AM Awards, call Sue White by phone (01733 468272) or e-mail (sue.white@emap.com).

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