Winners of 2018



Healthcare Business Award

Winner: Jhoots Group of Companies


Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director, BHF | Vaibhav Sharma, Director, Citibank | Akshay Parikh, Chairman, Jhoots Group | Sandip Jhooty, Employee Relations Director, Jhoots Group | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Richard Sugden, Operations Director, Jhoots Group | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Eastern Eye


Food and Drink Business Award

Winner: Simtom Food Products Ltd



Graham Sims, Non-executive Chairman, HKS Holdings | Khalid Mahmood MP | WINNER Jaisukh Chandarana, Chairman, Simtom Food Products Ltd | Rekha Chandarana | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Eastern Eye

Manufacturing Award

Winner: AJB Group



Kashmir Uppal, Partner, Access Legal Solicitors |WINNER Amarjit Binji, Managing Director, AJB Group | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Mandeep Binji | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Eastern Eye

Community Champion Award

Winner: Randhir Singh Heer and Parmjit Singh Bahyia, Founders, Midland Langar Seva Society


WINNER Randhir Singh Heer, Founder, Midland Langar Seva Society | Rajiv Popat, Presenter, ITV Central News | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | WINNER Parmjit Singh Bahyia, Founder, Midland Langar Seva Society | Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor, Eastern Eye


Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner: Gurvinder Singh Birk, Founder, Fast Despatch Transport Ltd



Lt Cdr Suzanne Lynch, Royal Navy | WINNER Gurvinder Singh Birk, Founder, Fast Despatch Transport Ltd | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor, Eastern Eye


Garavi Gujarat Pioneer Award

Winner: Posthumously Bhagwanjibhai Lakhani, Founder, Bobby's Restaurant



Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | Nisha Popat, Mirch Masala | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Atul Lakhani, Owner, Sanjay Foods | Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor, Eastern Eye


Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner: Keith and Maria Bastian, Managing Directors, Fischer Future Heat



Professor Barnie Choudhary | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | WINNER Keith Bastian, Managing Director, Fischer Future Heat | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor, Eastern Eye


Asian Business of the Year

Winner: Cofresh Snack Foods



Baroness Sandy Verma | WINNER Dhirajlal Patel, Founder, Cofresh Snack Foods | Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | WINNER Dinesh Patel, Founder and Chairman, Cofresh Snack Foods | Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Eye | WINNER Arun Patel, Founder, Cofresh Snack Foods | Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor, Eastern Eye