Some of the brightest stars of the British Asian community were recognised at the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, including successful entrepreneurs such as Dr Kartar Lalvani, president and founder of Vitabiotics Ltd.
The winners were chosen from thousands of nominations from across the region, spanning business, education, politics and the charity sector. Judges of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, including business entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den James Caan, faced a tough challenge selecting the final winners and said this year’s nominees included some of the most impressive and inspiring individuals in the event’s seven-year history.
Lloyds TSB business experts were on hand to offer advice to SMEs, corporates and individual entrepreneurs on how businesses can manage their way through the economic downturn and position themselves for when the recovery begins.
Khalid Darr, chairman of Carter Andersen (organisers of the Jewel Awards), said: “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.”
The winner of the Business & Commerce Award was Rami Ranger, CEO of Sun Mark and Sea & Land Forwarding Ltd – two of Britain’s fastest growing companies with a combined turnover of more than £80m. Both of his companies received the most prestigious awards from the Queen – the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement 1999 and the Queens Award for Enterprise 2009 respectively.
Rami was also made a Member of the British Empire. As his business represents the best of Britain in terms of products and companies, he exports to over 84 countries. Rami brought about profound changes in British society to improve social cohesion. He set up the British Asian Conservative Link to make Asians more publicly and politically spirited.
Source: Lloyds TSB
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