Young Achiever of the Year:
Mamta Singhal – 28 year old professional engineer with a wealth of industry experience and a host of qualifications; Product Design Engineering degree, a Masters Master in Integrated Product Development and currently pursuing triple accredited MBA at Strathclyde International Business School; she is at the cutting edge of her career.
Arif Hanif – started the Scottish franchise of Chicken Cottage, now boasting 6 stores across Scotland and looking to expand dramatically over the next year. Hanif is also instrumentally involved with Deans Pharmacy and the Tryangle Group.
Manish Khanna – 22 year old budding entrepreneur is the key driving force behind Khanna Properties Ltd, Khanna Homes Ltd, Kidha Properties Ltd, Khanna Foods Ltd, and Diwali Properties.
Small Business of the Year:
Glasgow Financial Services, Nassim Malik – GFS specialise in arranging fast re-mortgages, whatever the clients’ circumstances. GFS has been an established mortgage broker for over 7-years.
Stalks & Stems – Designer Florist, Glasgow, started in 1999 by Kazena Khan. Situated on the busy Pollockshaws road between two traffic junctions Stalks & Stems have established themselves as an essential community shop run by a husband and wife team.
IA Contracts, Ifthikhar Chaudry – IA Contracts have been in business for over 10 years, in this time they have completed various projects from commercial properties to private owner’s houses. Recently IA Contracts have been instrumental in fitting 100 Subway stores across Scotland.
Business of the Year:
Quiz Clothing – Quiz is a dynamic fast fashion retail group that focuses on delivering catwalk style looks and all the latest trends at value for money prices – target audience is the fashion conscious 15-35 women’s wear market. This fast, flexible supply chain, together with the winning formula of style, quality, value and service has enabled Quiz to grow rapidly into a nationwide retailer with over 50 stores.
United Wholesale Grocers Group, Mohammad Ramzan – As 2007 came to a close the combined United Wholesale Grocers Group annual turnover exceeded £83 million with a workforce of 132. 2008 and the business is on target to top £91 million annual turnover with 138 dedicated employees on board. Constantly exploring new expansion opportunities, Ramzan is researching the feasibility and profitability of supplying pubs, clubs, take-aways, restaurants, and the prospect of online wholesale.
ClinTec International – global Clinical Research Organisation founded in 1997 by Dr Rabindar Buttar, President and CEO, currently conducting clinical research in 32 countries covering Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, USA, Middle East, North Africa, India and Latin America.
Businessman of the Year:
Shaf Rasul, E-Net Distribution – Shaf Rasula is the Edinburgh-based serial entrepenuer, behind E-Net Distribution. E-net Distribution is the world’s leading distributor of optical media and has the exclusive distribution rights to market leading data storage brands Datasafe, Datawrite, Bulkpaq and Ridisc, serviced from its warehouse facility near Edinburgh Airport. Rasul, listed as one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen according to the Sunday Times Rich List, built E-Net Distribution into the global market leader in just five years with annual revenues of £67m predicted to increase substantially. Rasul completed the development of his first industrial estate, E-Net Park in Linlithgow – opening for business late 2007.
Imran Khand Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Picsel Technologies – Imran Khand is a highly experienced technology entrepreneur, having established two successful technology companies, prior to co-founding Picsel in 1998. Before that, Imran led a Scottish Government initiative for the development and training of young people and was actively involved in a number of other government and community joint ventures.
Businesswoman of the Year:
Summera Shaheen, Managing Director of The Diamond Studio – Recently celebrating their second birthday and a prosperous second year of trading rooted in strategic business development – the company broadened their product range, held five events, increased number of employees, raised the company profile, reached new markets and develop new business tie-ups. Furthermore, The Diamond Studios has strong business ethnics; firmly believing in social inclusion they are commitment to the goal that as individuals and as a business it is their duty to give back to society. Thus, Summera Shaheen continues to be the Director of Faith in Community (Scotland), an organization committed to anti-poverty.
Dr Rabinder Buttar, President and CEO of ClinTec International – In 1997 she started ClinTec from her home office in a small German town and developed the company whilst bringing up her two sons who are now 11 and 13 years old. Her sheer determination and drive saw ClinTec grow and steadily extending its global reach to its present state with a footprint in almost every continent. After 10 years her efforts are evident and after relocating from Germany to Windsor, she recently came back “home” to Glasgow and has brought her global business and some of her international colleagues with her in order to establish a major global hub in Glasgow.
ClinTec International, global Clinical Research Organisation currently conducts clinical research in 32 countries covering Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, USA, Middle East, North Africa, India and Latin America.
Islamic Relief, Habib Malik, Scotland Area Fundraiser – Islamic Relief is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), grounded in Islamic humanitarian principles, aiming to alleviate the suffering of some of the world’s poorest people.
Dilawer Singh – The first Officer to join the Police Service from Black and Ethnic Community in Scotland. Since 1970 to date, he has served in majority of the Departments within the police. 2006/2008 he Chaired SEMPERscotland, supporting Ethnic Minority Police Staff for Equality in Race for all 8 Scottish Forces. Furthermore, Dilawer was instrumental in setting up a very unique organisation, the Scottish Asian Sports Association, now the Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA), an organisation catering for all age groups, male and females alike in sport activities.
Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre, Rizwan Ahmed, Project Manger with EMEC – EMEC have now achieved over 15 years of success in aiding the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Glasgow into Employment and Training. They are continuing to grow and changes are being made on a daily basis to reflect the clients’ needs and the requirements of the Employer.
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Azeem Ibrahim – Glasgow-born Azeem Ibrahim has been described by his peers as a brilliant young scholar, financial wizard and gifted entrepreneur. A self-made multi-millionaire and one of the wealthiest young people in the UK, Azeem was inaugurated onto The Sunday Times Scots’ Rich List at the age of just 31, with an estimated fortune of US$106m.
Mrs Sunita Poddar, Managing Director of Lambhill Court Limited – Sunita Poddar is the managing Director of Glasgow care home operator Lambhill Court Ltd which has acquired the 85 bed Knightswood Nursing Home in the city’s West End for 5 million GBP. The company owns three other care homes in Glasgow