Irfan Younis, Director for the event organisers, Oceanic Consulting, said “each year this event has gone from strength to strength. This year the competition was exceptionally strong. We have some truly inspiring winners and finalists and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves.”
John Rendall, CEO of HSBC in Scotland, said: “HSBC is proud to be supporting these awards and it was fantastic to see the achievements of Scotland’s thriving Asian business community being recognised at tonight’s event.
“At HSBC we’re continuing to see innovative Scottish businesses making strides and we’re well placed to help them realise their potential. I was impressed by the high calibre of nominees and the winners should all be very proud of their personal achievements and the spirit of entrepreneurship they are fuelling in Scotland.”
They keynote speaker for the event was the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon who said “The Scottish Asian Business Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the major contribution the Scottish Asian business community make to Scotland.”
As well as recognising the achievements of Asian men and women at the forefront of their industries the event raised money for The British Asian Trust. Set up by the Prince of Wales, the charity serves as a ‘social fund’ to support high impact charities within the areas of education, enterprise and health. Since it was formed in 2009 the charity has helped over 350,000 people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK
The winners are:
Young Achiever of the Year
Owner of Team Singh, a personal fitness training company based on Ayrshire. A talented boxer he is hoping to win a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
His website is http://www.teamsingh.com
Franchisee of the Year
Kumon Educational, Glasgow (Saima Afzal)
Kumon Educatinal offers English and maths tutoring to children of all ages and abilities; instilling lifelong study skills and boosting children’s confidence. The Glasgow franchise is located at 15 Kenmure Street.
Kumon Educational’s website is: http://www.kumon.co.uk/
Small Business of the Year
Khan Autos is a family run business which has been going for 32 years. They are located at 23-25 Garturk St
Their website is: http://www.khanautos.co.uk/
The Community Award
E Waste Solutions
E Waste Solutions is a non profit organisation which aims to help disadvantaged people learn computer skills. They recycle used equipment and have a zero landfill policy to ensure they are as environmentally friendly as possible.
They have donated several computers to the village of Samundri in Pakistan, the former home of company director Zahid Rafiq’s late mother.
Their website is http://www.ewastesolutions.co.uk/index.php
Businesswoman of the Year
Preet Sandhu is the founder of Glasgow based residential letting and property management company Happy Lets. Preet works alongside her husband Bobby in running the company. A graduate in business management, Preet is also the daughter of curry king (and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award) Charan Gill.
Happy Lets website is: http://www.happylets.co.uk/
Businessman of the Year
Asim Sarwar is the managing director of United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd, a wholesale cash & carry operation in Glasgow, trading in tobacco, alcohol and grocery products predominantly to the traditional independent retail market in the central belt of Scotland. A family business, Asim has worked for Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd for 11 years.
Business of the Year
Perfect Glazing (Glasgow) Limited
Perfect Glazing Glasgow manufacture Rehau units on-site in their their own Scottish factory.
Perfect Glazing Glasgow are the only double glazing installer in Scotland that has a toughened glass plant on-site producing toughed glass to certified British Standards.
Their clients include the Royal Navy and Strathclyde Fire Brigade.
Their website is http://www.perfectglazingscotland.com/
Entrepreneur of the Year
Samrat Sarkar is the owner of Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd, a company specialising in the manufacture of ballistic and tactical body armour for police and military. An ex-Royal Navy Officer, Samrat founded the company four years ago and his clients now include the US Army, Italian Special Forces, the Peruvian Arm, the Spanish Navy, the UN and many more. Locally sourcing as many of his materials as possible Samrat also transferred manufacturing to Scotland.
Sarkar Defence Solutions website is: http://www.sarkardefence.com/
Charan Gill MBE
The man who has been credited by many as being the man who made the curry a staple of the Scottish diet. Arriving in Scotland from India at 9 and leaving school at 16 he built his way up from cleaning toilets and peeling onions to being the owner of a chain of 17 restaurants. He now works to build links between Scottish and Indian businesses. An active member of the community, this October he raised £1 million pounds for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.