A DEAF businessman from Dorridge has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to business and diversity.
Shezad Nawab, 33, received the honour from HRH the Prince of Wales at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Since graduating from Birmingham City University in 2009 with a degree in Business and Marketing, Shezad has gone on to win entrepreneur and innovation awards, supporting start-ups and small businesses to grow through consulting.
He is also co-founder of Sfhere, specialists in expanding UK-based SME businesses into foreign markets.
In 2014, Shezad was listed as one the most influential disabled people in business by Disability News Service.
Born in Acocks Green, Shezad also makes frequent public speaking appearances on topics including business sustainability and risk management.
“It was amazing to visit Buckingham Palace and receive my MBE from Prince Charles,” he said.