Colmore Business District restaurant Opus has received a national award for its responsible business practices from a charity run by the Prince of Wales.

Judges singled out Opus from hundreds of entrants for its commitment to sourcing in-season produce, developing young chef talent of the future and its wider fundraising work in Birmingham. Opus will receive a ‘National Big Tick’ from Business in the Community, which is one of The Prince’s Charities.

Ann Tonks, managing director of Opus, said: “We launched seven years ago with the aim of running a business with strong core principles which guided everything we did. We wanted an exciting, vibrant menu which changed daily depending on what was in season and available at the market that morning - an ethos we still stick to today.

“We have proven that it is possible to operate ethically and sustainably in a financial climate which is extremely challenging not only for the restaurant sector but the larger economy as well. We certainly saw a hit to our trade following the banking crisis in 2008, but have refused to compromise our responsibility credentials.

“We have continued to invest into our employees and community, priding ourselves on training our staff to the highest industry standards and putting our chefs forward for the Academy of Culinary Arts awards. We also commit to raising at least 1% of our turnover for local charities - a target we exceeded vastly last year, with funds generated for arts organisations like Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Marie Curie Foundation.

“Needless to say, the entire team is incredibly proud to receive formal recognition of the passion, soul and energy which goes into serving Birmingham’s business community great meals every day!”

Opus is now being considered for the overall national winner of the Santander Responsible Small Company category of the awards, which will be announced on 27th June in London.

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