Mr Blake Brad, Founder of ChemistOnline.co.uk said: “The Scottish Asian Business Awards have undoubtedly established themselves as Scotland’s leading platform from which the entrepreneurial flare, talent, and innovation, of the Scottish Asian Business Community is recognised and celebrated. As a budding entrepreneur myself, at the helm of a young thriving online pharmaceutical retailer, ChemistOnline.co.uk, the SABA is a fantastic opportunity for us to further promote our brand whilst supporting an exciting event that profiles and highlights Scottish Asian dynamism across a diverse range of industries.
“At ChemistOnline.co.uk, we firmly believe that to serve the community requires a constant commitment and professional attitude to its healthcare needs. The SABA have a thinking behind them that we feel complements our brand – the SABA are committed to showcasing Scottish Asian talent; this commitment to shine not only a spotlight from within the business community, but a wider beam publicly, helps elevate the business men and women who are pushing boundaries and pioneering change and development, to a platform from which they can be further inspiration to others, ChemistOnline.co.uk are thrilled to be a part of that inspiration.”
ChemistOnline.co.uk is an online pharmacy providing all the services you would find at your local or high street pharmacy. Former University of Strathclyde student and young entrepreneur Mr Blake Brad (23) recognised an opportunity in taking the high street offering of sister company Munro Pharmacy direct to the ever growing online consumer – launching ChemistOnline.co.uk in June 2009. “As we are able to avoid the costs associated with a high street store at ChemistOnline.co.uk we pass those savings directly on to our customers thus providing a professional online health service at lower prices than the high street.” said Mr Blake Brad.
The Scottish Asian Business Awards, presented by ChemistOnline.co.uk, take place on November 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow from 18:30.
Speakers include: First Minister, Alex Salmond; Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy; Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
Hosts: Tasmin Lucia Khan and Anas Sarwar
Over the past four years the reputation of the Awards has flourished thanks to the business men and women that have graced the finalist shortlist and the winners’ podium and the 2009 Awards will once again shine the spotlight on Scottish Asian talent.
Finalist shortlist (additional information available on request):
Young Achiever(s) of the Year finalists: Azeem Arshad (Baguette Express) . Bobby & Preet Sandhu (Happy Lets) . Shriram Shrikumar (Kraya)
Small Business of the Year finalists: Lets Direct . Strawberry Gardens . Splash
Business of the Year finalists: Little Einstein’s – Deepak Poddar . Nishas Enterprises – Supinder Puhuja .Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry – Arshad Ali
Franchisee of the Year finalists: Baguette Express – Azeem . Nabeed Ramzan – Subway .Ishaq Khan – Chicken Cottage
Community Award finalists: Glasgow The Caring City . Mr & Mrs Poddar . Nari Kallyan Shangho
Businesswoman of the Year finalists: Jinder Padda (Rebel Rouge) . Poonam Gupta (PG PAPER) . Sarah Rafiq (Honey Boutique)
Businessman of the Year finalists: Arshad Ali (Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry) . Puneet Gupta (PG PAPER) . Shaf Rasul (e-NET)
Entrepreneur of the Year finalists: Deepak Poddar & Yasmin Khanum
Lifetime Achievement Award: winner to be announced on the night