Outstanding business achievements of England’s Asian communities have been recognized at the English Asian Business Awards.
During the event which was recently held in Manchester, Lycamobile won awarded the Power Business of the Year Award. In an era where friends and family find themselves at ever increasing distances from each other, Lycamobile keeps people connected. With over eight million subscribers in 14 countries, they provide an invaluable service to people all over the world.
Riz Navsarka, founder of MesmerEyez received the Young Achiever of the Year Award. Riz started this cosmetics company at the age of 20 and has brought coloured contact lenses to the mass market.
Franchisee of the Year Award went to APPT Corporation Ltd, a McDonalds owned by Atul Pathak. APPT Corporation is the second biggest McDonalds franchise in the country, with over 20 restaurants in North and North West London. They employ over 1000 staff.
Lubna Rafiq Academy received the Small Business of the Year Award. Lubna established the academy in 2005 with the goal of sharing her wealth of hair and beauty knowledge to other budding makeup and hair artists.
Mosaic Network took home the Community Award. Set up by The Prince of Wales in 2007, The Mosaic Network aims to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in our most deprived communities, championed by Muslims and harnessing the power of positive thinking.
Businesswoman of the Year Award went to Shashi Gossain from Pharmaclinix. After 32 years of experience with the Pharmaceutical, skin care and beauty business Shashi started Pharmaclinix. The company is now a world leader in Advanced Cosmeceuticals developed for Asian & Darker skin tones. Her products are now available in 25 countries, in over 10,000 outlets
Hussein & Faisal Lalani from 99p Stores won the Businessman of the Year Award. Having taken over from their father, these brothers are taking this already successful company to the next level. Catering to almost every need of the public and doing so at an affordable price they have stores all over the country.
Business of the Year Award was carried home by Clifton Packaging, a company which has gone from strength to strength over the past 30 years. They are now the country’s leading manufacturer of packaging materials and a recent multimillion pound investment will see them continue to grow.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award was given to Mohsin & Zubair Issa of Euro Garages. Starting off with three outlets in 2001 they have grown to an empire of over 70 freehold-owned sites across the North of England and the Midlands. They are one of the UK’s largest independent operators of petrol forecourts and convenience stores.
Tony Deep Wouhra won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tony arrived in Britain when he was 18, with £3 in his pocket. He began his career in business as a door to door salesman before going on to establish the highly successful Asian food company East End, which has now grown to be one of the largest Asian food companies in the UK employing more than 300 people.
Irfan Younis, Director for the event organisers, Oceanic Consulting, said: “This is the first year we have held these awards and we have certainly set a high standard for ourselves to meet in the years to come.”
He described the winners as “fantastic examples of the innovation and dedication of England’s Asian business communities,” adding that he was “proud to have been able to highlight their achievements.”
Dalip Puri, Head of Multicultural Banking for title sponsor HSBC said they were proud to be supporting these awards. “It was fantastic to see the achievements of Scotland’s thriving Asian business community being recognized” at the event, he said.
“At HSBC we’re continuing to see innovative English 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 England,” Puri added.
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.