2013 Winners

  • Hosts for the evening

    Photo L-R: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh and Ajmal Mushtaq

  • The Room set up and ready to go


  • Speaker for the evening was Ian Collins, Area Director Scotland South, Bank of Scotland.

    Young Achiever of the Year

    This award recognises an entrepreneur who has achieved business success at a young age. Through determination and grit they have demonstrated age is not a barrier to business success. Open to anyone under the age of 30.

    Winner: Natasha Ahmed (Fabulosity)
    Photo L-R: Natasha Ahmed

  • Rising Star Award

    This award recognises a dedicated individual who works within a business and has strived to maximise opportunities and has strategically helped the business move forward and gain competitive advantage.

    Winner: Aasia Ali (Lambert Smith and Hampton)
    Photo L-R: Aasia Ali

  • New Business of the Year

    This award is for a business which has been successfully operating for approximately 12 months and was set up despite the negativity that exists in the current climate.

    Winner: Super Soccer
    Photo L-R: Amjad Raza, Abdul Mohan

  • Small Business of the Year

    This award recognises a non retail business that continues to grow, while remaining true to its small enterprise role. Open to businesses with less than 10 employees.

    Winner: Blue Canyon
    Photo L-R: Waheed Qadir & Sajda Qadir with Katherine McCudden of IOD Scotland

  • Retail Business of the Year

    This award recognises a successful retailer who has managed to sustain a business within the retail sector. This may involve one store or multiple stores.

    Winner: Krush
    Photo L-R: Qasim Jabbar and Kashif Jabbar

  • Community Award

    The Community Award recognises that success cannot be measured in monetary terms alone. Positively impacting lives and making a tangible difference is in itself is a vast accomplishment. Those achievements which leave a legacy of positive change to carry forward into the future should therefore be held in the highest esteem.

    Winner: Dr Nadeem Siddiqui
    Photo L-R: Dr. Nadeem Siddiqui

  • Franchisee of the Year

    This award recognises individuals among us who have taken on, managed and successfully expanded a franchise. This award is open to non Scottish brands however the franchisee must be Scottish registered.

    Winner: Mohammed Zulfikar Haider and Mohammed Iftikhar Haider (Papa Jones)
    Photo L-R: Mohammed Zulfikar Haider, Sophina Ahmed of The British Muslim Awards, Mohammed Iftikhar Haider

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Recognises an extremely dedicated individual who has experienced the highs and lows of business – emerging at the top of their game and furthermore, has positively contributed to their community.

    Winner: Muhammed Tufail Shaheen MBE
    Photo L-R: Dr Abdel Hadi Fawzy (on behalf of Muahmmed Tufail Shaheen MBE) with Colin Grant of Oceanic Media Consulting

  • Best Professional in Business

    The best professional business rewards an individual from the professional sector who has successfully created and executed a business successfully making the transition into the Business World. This includes dentists, opticians, accountancy practices and veterinarian.

    Winner: Jelina Berlow – Rahman
    Photo L-R: Jelina Berlow – Rahman with Yasmin Mahmood of Oceanic Consulting

  • Family Run Business (Wild Card Category 2013)

    This category recognises the success and strength of a family run business due to the loyalty and dedication of the family members.

    Winner: Bonanza Scotland
    Photo L-R: Mohammed Zahid with Sijad Razaq of Awaz Newspaper

  • Business of the Year

    This award recognises the enterprise that has come on leaps and bounds over the last year and thus unequivocally dominated its corner of the market.

    Winner: Apollo Foods
    Photo L-R: Shahid Mohammed, Ashrif Mohammed, Abdul Arshad

    Businessman of the Year

    This award recognises a businessman whose actions and accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.

    Winner: Tariq Ramzan
    Photo: Tariq Ramzan

    Businesswoman of the Year

    This award recognises an exceptional individual who is not only an ambassador for woman and ethnic minorities but an inspiration to all in the business world.

    Winner: Arti Poddar
    Photo L-R: Arti Poddar with Donna Kerr of Bank of Scotland

    Entrepreneur of the Year

    This award brings to light the incredible achievements of an individual whose entrepreneurial spirit, and drive, has propelled them to success. This person will also lead and set examples to others and show that boundaries must be pushed at all times to achieve success regardless of the hurdles.

    Winner: Sunita Poddar
    Photo L-R: Gill Maguire of Emirates with Sunita Poddar