In addition this year, the evening will also acknowledge the challenges currently facing organisations and encourage discussion on how businesses can survive the current economic downturn. Lloyds TSB representatives will be on hand to offer strategic advice to SME’s, corporates and individual entrepreneurs to ensure that they are best placed to survive and thrive during these uncertain times.
Judges of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, including business entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den James Caan, said this year’s nominees include some of the most impressive and inspiring individuals in the event’s seven-year history. Thousands of entries have been received and the final shortlist of nominees will be unveiled shortly.
In speaking about the event, Mrs Kamel Hothi, Asian Markets Director, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, says: “For over half a century, the Asian community in Britain has been making a huge contribution to all aspects of life, not least the economy. Through our sponsorship of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, we want to recognise the many achievements that make the community a source of inspiration to us all.
This year has been a critical time for many businesses. Even in the face of current economic adversity, the Asian business community continues to set an example, inspiring the way forward and towards a more stable and secure economic future. Much of the Asian business community’s success is due to their cultural and community values, networks and social experiences, which have made them more resilient and supported them throughout.
We want to ensure that businesses are best positioned during this time and beyond, and the Jewel Awards are an ideal setting for us to support and share advice on how businesses can get the best out of the current situation. We look forward to continuing our ongoing support for the community to help them further develop and grow their businesses.”
Khalid Darr, Chairman of Carter Andersen (CA), organisers of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, says: “Asian men and women are truly breaking new ground in their professional careers and adding real value to the UK economy. This is what these awards set out to recognise.”
Lloyds TSB’s support of the Jewel Awards is just one aspect of the bank’s commitment to serving the UK’s Asian population and demonstrates its wider role of providing a level of support that only comes through a deep understanding of its customers.
A further example of Lloyds TSB supporting the business community is confirmed by the pledges it has made in its charter for small businesses and the bank’s commitment to lend to firms through a range of government schemes.