Awards night
shortlists best of Asian business

Ajaz Ahmed   Picture by Simon Hulme
Ajaz Ahmed Picture by Simon Hulme
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THE brightest and best Asian businesses in Yorkshire will be competing for a host of trophies at a glittering awards dinner later this month.

Today, we reveal the shortlist for the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) awards 2015.

The Yorkshire Post is the media partner for the awards which honour a wide range of entrepreneurs, who are leading players in sectors ranging from retailing to the law.

Sharon Jandu, a spokesman for YABA, said yesterday: “Our team of judges from across the public and private sectors is now poring over the nominations to make their final selections ahead of the event.

“They will be looking at the impact on customers, suppliers, partners and the region, innovation and leadership, as well as the reasons the nominee stands out against their peers.

“We received a high number of entries from businesses all over the region from start ups to large corporations. We have been delighted with the quality and the response.”

The judging panel includes Ajaz Ahmed, the co-founder of Freeserve, Natalie Sykes, regional director of the Institute of Directors in Yorkshire, and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

Yesterday Mr Ahmed said: “The thing that struck me was how Asian businesses are really diverse..I don’t think people understand what diverse really means. It’s not just about corner shops, taxi drivers and takeaways.”

The shortlist includes a firm that is involved in developing radiation detection solutions, and a family-owned engineering company.

Mr Ahmed, who received a large number of awards for his work at Freeserve, said local universities were helping to create a more diverse economy.

There are seven awards up for grabs at this year’s YABA awards: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year; Food & Drink Business of the Year; International Business of the Year; Retail Business of the Year; SME Business of the Year; and Professional of the Year. There will also be a special award for outstanding contribution to business and the economy.

Last year, the awards raised more than £5,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and this year YABA will be raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The Yorkshire Asian Business Association works under the framework of the National Asian Business Association (NABA – www.nabauk.org) to develop a strategy to speak up for Asian businesses.

On its website, YABA states: “The Asian business community makes an enormous contribution to UK plc, providing the backbone of UK enterprise with a share of over 11 per cent of new business start-ups.”

The British Asian community generates around 10 per cent of the country’s GDP despite making up only four per cent of the population, according to research published by the CBI.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford on September 24.

Here is the shortlist:

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year:

Sukhvinder Javeed – MilkysnugzTM – www.milkysnugz.co.uk.

Naeem Sheikh – Pegasus Motor Insurance – www.pegasusmotorinsurance.co.uk.

Sayam Majid – FX Introducer – www.fxintroducer.com

Food & Drink Business of the Year:

Shakoor Ahmed – MyLahore – www.mylahore.co.uk;
 Bobby Patel – Prashad – www.prashad.co.uk

Professional of the Year:

Surender Munjal – Leeds University – www.leeds.ac.uk;

Qari Asim – DLA Piper – www.dlapiper.com;

Arnab Basu – Kromek Group – www.kromek.com; Arif Ahmad – PwC – www.pwc.co.uk

International Business of the Year

Sharon Kaur – Really Indian Ltd – www.reallyindian.com

Sukhvinder Javeed – MilkysnugzTM – www.milkysnugz.co.uk

Arnab Basu – Kromek Group – www.kromek.com

Retail Business of the Year

Ahmed Mulla – Mullaco Dewsbury Ltd – www.mullaco.com

Thakorlal Bhagubhai Patel – TB Cash & Carry – www.tbcashandcarry.co.uk

Zak Patel – Talk Direct – www.talk-direct.com

SME Business of the Year

Thakorlal Bhagubhai Patel – TB Cash & Carry – www.tbcashandcarry.co.uk

Zak Patel – Talk Direct – www.talk-direct.com

The Street Lane Bakery – https://www.facebook.com/streetlanebakery

Parvinder Bhabra – Northern Cam Co Ltd – www.northerncam.co.uk

Ricci Dean – Pearl Noir – www.pearlnoir.co.uk