British Asian entrepreneurs and wealth creators were celebrated and honoured at the annual Asian Business Awards on Friday 22nd March at London’s Westminster Park Plaza. Now in their 22nd year and hosted by the Asian Media Group, publishers of Eastern Eye, the awards recognise the contribution and achievements of outstanding business leaders in the UK.
The Asian Business Awards saluted both Asian entrepreneurs and businesses, which created jobs and had a significant impact on the country’s economy. This year, the event welcomed Chief Guest, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP.
The awards ceremony also saw the launch of the 2019 Asian Rich List, a compilation of the 101 wealthiest Asians in Britain, highlighting exceptional entrepreneurial achievement over the past 12 months. The Asian Rich List is the definitive and most authoritative guide to Asian wealth in Britain and shines a light on the substantial economic achievements of a community.
It was a night of double triumph for the pioneering Hinduja family, who topped the Asian Rich List for the sixth consecutive year and also picked up the Philanthropy Award for their long-standing charitable endeavours with the Hinduja Foundation. The foundation, which was started in 1969 and celebrates its milestone 50th year this year, works in a wide range of areas such as education, healthcare, promotion of arts and culture, sports and social welfare.
Haroon and Farouq Sheikh of CareTech, which runs a large number of established residential care homes in the UK, picked up the top award of the evening, the prestigious Asian Business of the Year award. It was a successful night for the care homes industry as Mala Agarwal, Managing Director of Athena Care Homes collected the Businesswoman of the Year award and CHD Living were the winners of the Care Home Operator of the Year Award.
The gala evening was hosted by BBC Radio Five Live presenter Nihal and welcomed politicians, celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and philanthropists to celebrate the diverse spectrum of Asian business and the invaluable contribution made to British economy and society.
Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor of AMG, commented: “The Asian Business Awards is the biggest celebration of Asian business success in the country. Over the last 22 years, The Asian Business Awards has become the definitive platform to recognise and celebrate success of the Asian Business community by providing the oxygen of publicity and recognition that highlights unsung heroes.”
Shailesh Solanki, executive editor of AMG, commented: “The Asian Rich List is carefully compiled by a team of experts and it is the definitive guide to Asian wealth in Britain. The list showcases the changing patterns of Asian wealth and economic development in the UK. This year’s list is once again a fascinating commentary on the financial impact British Asians have in the UK and the level of success and growth that certain entrepreneurs and business leaders have achieved.”
Restaurant Business Award WINNER: The Cinnamon Club
Franchise Business Award WINNER: Amsric
Care Home Operator of the Year WINNER: CHD Living
Businesswoman of the Year Award supported by Damac WINNER: Mala Agarwal, Managing Director, Athena Care Homes
Young Entrepreneur of the Year supported by SBI WINNER: Dr Nikhil Shah, Director, London Town Group
Healthcare Business Award supported by C&C Alpha WINNER: Sigma Pharmaceuticals
Entrepreneur of the Year supported by Edwardian Hotels London WINNER: Rishi Khosla, CEO & Co-Founder, Oaknorth Bank
Business Personality of the Year WINNER: Kailesh Suri, Founder, Reel Cinemas
Philanthropy Award WINNER: Hinduja Foundation
Asian Business of the Year WINNER: CareTech