The English Asian Business Awards were held in March 2012 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The event recognised the outstanding business achievements of England’s Asian communities. 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. Tonight’s winners are fantastic examples of the innovation and dedication of England’s Asian business communities and I’m proud to have been able to highlight their achievements.”
Dalip Puri, Head of Multicultural Banking for title sponsor HSBC said, 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 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.”
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
Riz Navsarka, MesmerEyez
Riz started this cosmetics company at the age of 20. He has brought coloured contact lenses to the mass market.
MeserEyez’s website is: http://www.mesmereyez.com/
Franchisee of the Year
APPT Corporation Ltd t/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.
Their website is: http://www.apptcorp.com/
Small Business of the Year
Lubna Rafiq Academy
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.
Their website is http://www.lubnarafiq.com/
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.
Their website is: http://www.mosaicnetwork.co.uk/en_gb/portal
Businesswoman of the Year
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
Pharmaclinix’s website is: http://www.pharmaclinix.com/
Businessman of the Year
Hussein & Faisal Lalani from 99p Stores
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.
99p Stores’ website is: http://www.99pstoresltd.com/
Business of the Year
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.
Power Business of the Year
In an era where friends and family find themselves at ever increasing distances from each other, Lycamobile keeps people connected. With over 8 million subscribers in 14 countries, they provide and invaluable service to people all over the world.
Entrepreneur of the Year
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.
Their website is: http://www.eurogarages.com/
Tony Deep Wouhra
He arrived in Britain when he was 18, with £3 in his pocket. He begun 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
East End’s website is: http://www.curry-lover.co.uk/
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