Anjum Khan, director of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), led a host of accolades for the Birmingham business community when she won national recognition in the English Asian Business Awards last night.

And Wow Zone, run by ABCC president Qasim Majid, won the Digital Business of the Year title along with several other Birmingham business people.

They included Paul Thandi, chief executive of the NEC Group, who won the Corporate Leader of the Year title, and Awan Marketing chief executive Nasir Awan picked up International Business of the Year.

Anjum was named Woman of the Year at a ceremony at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

The awards were created to honour the determination, hard work and personal achievements of English Asian businessmen and businesswomen at the forefront of their industries.

Each year, the competition has become more intense as the event itself has grown into a highly respected occasion, where the best and brightest are honoured.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), of which the ABCC is part, said: “The two awards are a huge accolade for the whole of the ABCC and the Asian community in Birmingham.

“Anjum has been instrumental in making the ABCC the most meaningful Asian business organisation in the country and fully deserves this honour.

“The work of the ABCC is vital in a city as diverse as Birmingham and it brings together a myriad of cultures working together for the whole community.

“Congratulations also to Qasim, whose leading international digital marketing agency is based in Birmingham.”

Wow Zone undertakes a wide range of services from digital marketing, online branding, social media, and website design and Qasim and his colleagues have worked tirelessly to put them at the top of the tree.

Mr Faulkner added: “Paul and Nasir are highly deserved of their awards. Paul has led the NEC with great aplomb for several years and Nasir combines a busy business life with widespread charity work.”

Nasir started in the retail business in 1978, joining his late father.  In 1980 he set up a consumer electronics wholesale operation, becoming one of UK’s major distributors.

Awan Marketing is now one of the largest wholesalers in the UK.

The company is run by the third generation of the family operating from a 45,000 sq ft distribution centre in Hockley.  It carries over 30,000 lines, servicing a customer base of over 14,000 throughout the UK and exporting to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Nasir is a board member of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce group, and his appointments include Chair of Trustees Inspire Education Academy at Yew Tree School, Aston.  He is also a Trustee of Euro Charity Trust; Birmingham Ethnic Education Services; and Sutton Coldfield Muslim Association.  He is also a Director of the National Asian Business Association.

He was appointed deputy lieutenant in the West Midlands in 2017 and was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to business and international trade.

The Asian Business Chamber celebrate diversity and inclusion at its annual dinner and awards in November.

The event – sponsored by Douglas Wright Restaurants (T/A McDonald’s) and HSBC takes place at the ICC in Birmingham on Saturday 17 November.

For more information on tickets, sponsorship and award applications click here.

Pictured: Qasim Majid and Anjum Khan

Winners for the 7th English Asian Business Awards are revealed

Winners for the 7th English Asian Business Awards 2018 have been revealed after a glamorous, black-tie awards ceremony was held on the 30th of July at the International Suite at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

The awards acknowledged and honoured the determination, entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of English Asian businesswomen and businessmen at the forefront of their industries and their significant contributions to their respective business sectors.

The event is run yearly by Oceanic Consulting, the UK’s leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation in the UK, who were shortlisted at the Asian Media Awards 2017 for their work in the Marketing & PR Sector and are responsible for some of the most successful and well known events in the country such as the British Indian Awards and English Curry Awards amongst others.

They are also responsible for the Scottish Asian Business Awards which is now in its 13th year as well as launching the London Asian Business Awards last year which were a massive success.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “We would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of the 7th English Asian Business Awards 2018. Year upon year we have seen the achievements of Asians increase in the business sector and we are already looking forward to what next year has in store.”

The evening also helped raise funds for Oceanic Well, a fundraising initiative by the Well Foundation. The Well Foundation’s primary aim is to raise money in order to install hand pumps and deep bore wells and establish health and sanitation programmes and ultimately provide safe, clean drinking water for all.

With 31 awards presented on the night, the winners are as follows:

Entrepreneur of the Year went to Amit Pate (Snaptivity, London)

Small Retail Business of the Year went to Artz-i (Bradford)

Best in Law went to Irfan Munir (MWG Solicitors, Manchester)   

Corporate Leader of the Year went to Paul Thandi(NEC Group, Birmingham) 

Rising Star of the Year went to Harj Hir (Leicester City Football Club, Leicester)

Young Entrepreneur of the Year went to Sharmin Akter (Total Solutions Group, Welwyn Garden City)

Convenience Retailer of the Year went to Premier Eldred Stores (Orpington)

Community Award went to Association of Blind Asians (Leeds)        

Wholesaler of the Year went to Khanjra & Co(Blackburn)

Best Food Establishment went to Mother Hubbards (Bradford)

Creative Entrepreneur Of The Year went to Faresh Maisuria (Blueberry Marketing, Leeds)        

Woman Of The Year went to Anjum Khan (Birmimgham Chambers of Commerce, Birmingham)

Businessman of the Year went to Bilal (Manchester Stores, Manchester)

Businesswoman of the Year went to Seema Malhotra (Forever Unique, Manchester)

Business of the Year went to Leed’s Association of Blind Asians (Leeds)

Businesswoman of the Year went to Bharti Patel (Guide Security, Blackburn)   

Business of the Year went to Nine Group (Watford)                                                

Micro Business of the Year went to Cofi Coo (Birmingham)

New Business of the Year went to LogicAlly (Cambridge)                                                                

Digital Business of the Year went to Wow Zone (Birmingham)     

SME Business of the Year went to Yeme Architects (Bradford)                                      

Impact Business of the Year went to Stanmore Contractors (Erith)      

International Business of the Year went to Awan Marketing (Birmingham)                

Family Run Business of the Year went to Clifton Packaging Group (Leicester)

Creative Business of the Year went to Pasha (Bradford)                                         

Best Professional in Business went to Ayesha Nayyar (Nayyars Solicitors, Manchester)

Retail Business of the Year went to Scent Salim (Leeds)

Power Business of the Year went to Cofresh Snack Foods (Leicester)           

Best Food Business went to KQF (Darjeeling Express, Westminister)

Rising Star in Law went to Broadway House Chambers (Bradford)

Organisers Business of the Year went to Faum Design (Bradford)

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