The Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) honours successful Asian businesses and their allies….reports Asian Lite News
The Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) pioneered one of the region’s first award events to recognise the contribution Asian businesses and their allies make to both the regional and UK economy. The event hosted by BBC’s Tommy Sandhu and David Parkin attracted over 500 attendees all keen to hear which business would win a YABA award.
What was clear from the event is the diversity among Asian Business, this was reflected in the award winners who each exceeded the judges expectations against the criteria of innovation, contribution to the region and the UK, business integrity and leadership.
The following business and individuals were recognised: (Category, Sponsor, Winner, Firm)
Retail Business of the Year – Maserati – Ahmed Mulla, Mullaco
Food, Drink and Agri-Tech Business of the Year – UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – Bobby Patel, Prashad
Professional of the Year -Power Direct – Qari Asim, DLA Piper
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – Finance Yorkshire – Sukhvinder Javeed, Milkysnugz
SME Business of the Year – Barclays, Zak Patel, Talk Direct
International Business of the Year – DLA Piper, Arnab Basu, Kromek Group
Special Award YABA and Microsoft – Sir Gary Verity Welcome to Yorkshire, Amjad Pervez, Andleeb Hanif, and Nazir Ahmed
YABA Chairman Amarjit Singh said: “Asian Business have come a long way and have traditionally punched above their weight both in terms of their contribution to the UK and the diversity of business models. All too often these business go unrecognised and YABA are delighted to be changing that through the YABA awards and our ongoing efforts to accelerate the growth of business across the region. We hope that the characteristics of success our winners demonstrated will act as a beacon for others, and go some way towards challenging perceptions within the region of what Asian business do. We would like to thank our incredible and diverse board, our sponsors and of course our members”
One of the Judges, Clare Barclay, General Manager at Microsoft added: “We are proud to support YABA with their work across the region. We work with over 3,000 Microsoft Partners across Yorkshire, many of which are Asian Business so I am delighted to see YABA go from strength to strength and recognise winning performance”.