The Scottish Asian Business Awards 2010 helped raise £5136 for the official charity partner Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, bringing the total raised over the last five years to £19 394.23. Figure includes the £1410.10 raised prior to the 2010 Awards by two past award winners for the Scottish Asian Business Awards Friends of Yorkhill Appeal *(more details at the end of release)*.
The First Minister once again gave his support to the awards and to the wider Asian business community: “The Scottish Asian Business Awards recognise innovation and achievement amongst our leading Asian business men and women.
“Our Asian communities make a huge contribution to Scottish society both culturally and economically, and this annual awards celebration honours Asians across the country who are succeeding in these challenging economic times.
“I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their achievements and thank them for their continuing contribution to Scotland’s economy and future success.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable also sent a message of support which was read out at the awards; “I am delighted to give my support to the Scottish Asian Business Awards as you celebrate your 5th anniversary.
“The Coalition Government is committed to making the coming decade the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in Britain’s history. To make this a reality we will need to create the right conditions to boost enterprise and entrepreneurial activity. This will ensure that entrepreneurs are given every opportunity to successfully start and grow their business. The event celebrates the enormous contribution made by the Asian Community not only in Scotland but to the UK economy as a whole and we want this to continue and grow in the future.
“I would like to send my congratulations to all those involved in organising, supporting and participating in this prestigious event. I wish you all a pleasant and successful evening”
The winners of 2010 Scottish Asian Business Awards are:
Young Achiever of the Year (Presented by Mark Strudwick Chief Executive of PSYBT)
Winner: Shafia Amdjadi – Think Bookkeeper
Shafia has developed an innovative new business which saves companies a small fortune through her joint accounting and bookkeeping services
Finalists: Aishah Zaman – Aura Studio // Shafia Amdjadi – Think Bookkeeper
Small Business of the Year (Presented by Jeff Soal Senior Partner at EUmaan Capital Partners)
Winner: Strawberry & Spice Gardens
Established in 1996, Strawberry Gardens now supplies up to 70 different takeaways and restaurants every day.
Finalists: Chaand Bazaar – Aisha Farooq // Paradise of Flowers – Shanaz Adnan // Strawberry & Spice Gardens – Imran Malik
Business of the Year (Presented by Andrena Murdoch Senior Partner at Clydesdale Bank)
NCS is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of complete office solutions and had established relationships with Toshiba, Panasonic and Samsung to name but a few.
Finalists: NCS – Dil Srivastava // Apple Pharmacy – Sanjay Majhu // Nisha’s Enterprise – Supinder Puhuja
Franchisee of the Year (Presented by Yousuf Haider, Managing Editor at Business Asia)
Winner: Haj Atwal & Narinder Atwal – Subway
Haj Atwal and Narinder Atwal opened their first franchise in 2000 and in 2010, generate a turnover of more than £7 million annually.
Finalists: Fahim Baqir & Amran Hakeem – Wok to Walk // Haj Atwal & Narinder Atwal – Subway // Traveen Panesar & Ravinder Panesar – Clive Easy Learn-Edinburgh Rock School
Community Award of the Year (Presented by Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson of Strathclyde Police)
Winner: The Well Foundation
The Well Foundation was established less than two years ago and has already raised over £150,000 in less than two years to help provide drinking water to those who need it the most.
Finalists: The Well Foundation // Edinburgh Mela // Ucare Foundation
Businesswomen of the Year (Presented by Dr. Mohammed Ahmed of Sculpta Clinic)
Winner: Tasmina Ahmed Shiekh – Hamilton Burns
Tasmina’s talent and enthusiasm has helped shaped law firm Hamilton Burns into what it is today, developing a unique service to cater to the needs of the Asian community in Scotland.
Finalists: Nosheena Mubarik – M Computer Technologies // Tahera Sharif – Babybond Scotland // Tasmina Ahmed Shiekh – Hamilton Burns
Businessman (Business Brothers) of the Year (Presented by Graeme Mitchell partner at MacRoberts)
Winners: Akmal Khushi and Afzal Khushi – Trespass
This duo’s organisation now trades in more than 62 countries and has over 70 stores in the UK alone.
Finalists: Akmal Khushi & Afzal Khushi – Trespass // Haj Atwal & Narinder Atwal – Subway Scotland // Raju Tuli & Sunny Tuli – Tuli Holdings
Lifetime Achievement Award (Presented by FM, Rt. Honourable MSP Alex Salmond)
Winner: Bophinder Purewal – Cosmopolitan Hotels
After having built up a successful restaurant career, Bhopinder has substantial investments in a number of companies, notably Cosmopolitan Hotels. Combined, his businesses turn over more than £6.5 million a year.
Entrepreneur of the Year (Presented by George McCracken, partner in Grant Thornton)
Winner: Dr. Rita Ahmad – Bath Street Dental
Dr. Rita Ahmad managed to turn a struggling dental practice into one of the most successful in Glasgow. Now running five practices, her business turns over more than £2 million pounds a year
Finalists: Dr. Rita Ahmad – Bath Street Dental // Monir Mohammed – Mother India
Regarding this year’s awards, Amit Arora, Business Development director for Oceanic Consulting stated; “Competition for this year’s award was extremely tough and I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and everyone who was nominated. The existence of celebratory evenings like the Asian Business Awards help to shine a light on the huge contribution with which the Asian business community makes to the national economy.”
The 2010 Scottish Asian Business Awards saw the addition of the ‘One to watch’ campaign to recognise the future of Scotland’s ethnic minority community and is for those who have fostered their talents to help them advance up the leadership ladder. The winner of the title of the 2010 ‘One to watch’ was Hamira Khan, Chief Officer of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Hamira was presented with a certificate by Irfan Younis, Business Development Director of the Oceanic Group. Hamira has been instrumental in the launch of several community initiatives and recently started her journey into the world of politics.
*Friends of Yorkhill Appeal*
In the run up to the 2010 awards Oceanic Consulting teamed up with Yorkhill Children’s Foundation to form the Friends of Yorkhill Appeal 2010 in an attempt to raise as much money as possible to donate to the Children’s Hospital.
Two past winners of the Young Achiever Award, Umer Ashraf and Arif Hanif, joined the appeal and harnessed their resources to raise funds for the Foundation.
Umer Ashraf, who won the title of Young Achiever of the Year at 2007 awards, owns three iCafes in Glasgow. Umer and his team decided to organise four ‘Coffee for Kids’ weekends prior to the awards. The iCafe initially pledged five pence from every large coffee purchased over the ‘Coffee for Kids’ weekends to the charity. The first two weekends proved to be a great success with a total of 1,980 large coffees being sold. The third weekend, over the 6th and 7th of November, saw the pledged amount tripled to 15 pence. A grand total of 3062 large coffees were sold.
Arif Hanif, Young Achiever of the Year in 2008, and is business partner John Connolly, arranged for charity collection tins to be placed in all of Deans Pharmacy stores. The group pledged to match all donations collected until the 24th of November thus doubling the sum raised by their pharmacies. In addition to the collection efforts Deans Pharmacy’s fourth store, which opened on the 15th of November in Wishaw, donated 25% of all income on the opening day the Foundation.
Together the iCafe and Deans Pharmacy raised a fantastic total of £1410.10 for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. David Welch, Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at the Foundation, presented the trio with fund raising certificates on the night.