A property firm set up just five years ago has seen off competition from some of the industry’s biggest names to scoop a prestigious regional business award.

Birmingham-based firm Court Collaboration was named the winner of the Property category at the 2014 Birmingham Post Business Awards, beating the well-established names of CBRE, CP Bigwood and Seven Capital who were also shortlisted.

The five-strong company was rewarded after working on seven large scale developments across the country throughout the last 12 months, including the first commercial property investment outside of London by Chinese investors.

Other schemes have included working with rock star Ken Downing to develop a series of luxury homes at Shropshire golf course The Astbury, the redevelopment of the iconic George Henry Lee building in Liverpool and the transformation of the former headquarters of global chocolate brand Cadbury’s.

Graeme Brown, regional head of business at Birmingham Post publisher BPM Media, said: “Birmingham has a world class property scene so it is a significant achievement to succeed in this category.

“A dozen top-class property firms, from agencies to developers, applied in this category but Court Collaboration won through after impressing judges with a year that has seen the firm make major progress in some landmark, and often difficult, schemes in this region.

“The Birmingham Post Business Awards 2014 were all about a celebration of Birmingham bouncing back and Court Collaboration has certainly played a part in a year of progress for this city.”

Anthony McCourt, director at Court Collaboration, added: “We were up against some of the true heavyweights of the property industry for this award and to be chosen as the winner feels like it was the little guys’ night”.  

“We’ve worked on some really interesting and complex projects this year and maybe that is what caught the judges’ eyes. It is easy to go in and do a simple refurbishment on a site with no story, but that’s not what Court Collaboration is about. We try to consistently punch above our weight and refuse to stand still and we’re now seeing the rewards for that approach.”