MSDUK Celebrates Ethnic Diversity in Business


MSDUK Awards in London on Thursday will celebrate the forerunners for change through innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusive procurement or corporate responsibility.

MSDUKThe MSDUK Awards recognise and celebrate a range of businesses that demonstrate success in the areas of innovation, sustainability, growth and commitment to diversity in their supply chain.

These awards will acknowledge the purchasing organisations and the outstanding entrepreneurial ethnic minority businesses (EMBs) of the UK for their collaborative efforts to make supply chains both inclusive and competitive, using procurement as a catalyst for growth.

Meera Syal CBE
Meera Syal CBE

The awards will be hosted by actress, author and journalist Meera Syal after the MSDUK Conference hosted by BBC Economics Editor, Kamal Ahmed. Conference speakers include Lord Karan Bilimoria founder of Cobra Beer and Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council; Irene Graham, CEO of Scale -‐ Up Institute; Christopher Haley of Nesta; Dale Turner, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain for Skanska UK; Ade Adepitan, International wheelchair basketball player.

The MSDUK Awards are divided into 5 categories

  1. CORPORATION OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Gibbs S3)
    Nominees: Cummins, Sodexo, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD)
  2. ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by MetLife)
    Nominees: Dr Rabinder Buttar of Clintec International Ltd, Glasgow; Shahid Sheikh of Clifton Packaging Group LTD, Leicester; Sukhi Ghuman of Octavian Group, Nottingham
    Nominees: Balfour Beauty, Skanska UK PLC, Crown Commercial Services
  4. SCALE UP BUSINESS (Sponsored by EY)
    Nominees: Canary Wharf & City Ltd, London; Today Translations, London; Clintec International, Glasgow
  5. INNOVATION (sponsored by CapitalOne)
    Nominees: Clifton Packaging, Leicester; Docuprint, Oxfordshire; Bri-‐Tek Technologies, Bolton
Mayank Shah
Mayank Shah, Chief Executive MSDUK

The awards will be culmination of a three-day global supplier diversity and inclusive procurement conference. The MSDUK conference presents an exclusive opportunity for EMBs to connect with those corporations that have embraced inclusive procurement in the UK, including organisations such as Barclays, Cummins and Accenture. The conference will provide opportunity to network, share knowledge, make new connections, and identify new business opportunities with over 600 delegates from around the world. Each day will consist of a unique programme of events and activities including panel sessions, business exhibitions, meeting zones , networking lunches, and a concluding evening Business Awards Reception & Dinner.

A 10th Anniversary celebration reception will take place on 21st September at the Cutty Sark, one of the world ’s most famous ships situated on the shore of the River Thames hosted by television presenter Denise Nurse.

MSDUK has played a leadership role in supplier diversity in the UK since its inception in 2006, working to encourage global and British companies to provide access to supply chain opportunities and engage with ethnic minority owned businesses. It is part of a global network of similar organisations in Australia, Canada, China and South Africa ‐ all affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, USA.

MSDUK promotes the ethos of diversity and inclusion in public and private sector supply chains by identifying and introducing certified ethnic minority owned businesses (EMBs) to the procurement teams of large corporations with a drive to increase the diversity of their suppliers. The forum has an extended network of 3,000+ EMBs in over 40 different industry sectors, creating an innovative trustworthy certification programme for EMBS.

MSDUK defines an EMB as a ‘for -‐ profit’ enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United Kingdom, which is majority (51% or more) owned, managed and controlled by people of ethnic minority origin, provided such individual/individuals are British Nationals and/or permanent resident with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.