West Midlands business leaders honoured in awards

West Midlands business leaders honoured in awards

Business leaders from across the West Midlands have helped fly the flag for the region after being named among the New Year’s Honours List.

Nasir Awan, the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s (ABCC) chairman, and its vice-president Aftab Chughtai, are among those to be honoured.

Awan, chief executive of Awan Marketing International plc, received the award for services to business and international trade and Chughtai’s MBE was for services to business and community relations in Birmingham.

Awan is head of a third generation import and wholesale distribution company, with a head office in Hockley, Birmingham. It was established in 1976 by his late father and is now also headed by his two sons.

Chughtai, who runs a department store specialising in baby products in East Birmingham, has supported the deprived communities of Washwood Heath and Saltley through his service to local business and race relations.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “These are richly deserved awards for men who has found time to look after the interests of others while being extremely busy as heads of successful businesses.

“Nasir is passionate about the black minority ethnic community and to see it succeed and excel in every sector. He has carried out an enormous amount of work to ensure that they take advantage of the many opportunities that might come their way locally and nationally.

“His expertise and guidance has been invaluable in ensuring the success of the ABCC, which is now an important part of the Greater Birmingham business community and one which stages one of the most successful awards dinners in the region.

“Aftab has been foremost in forging links for the Asian community in Birmingham especially in areas threatened by racial tension.”

Professor Charles Craddock, a consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital who co-founded the charity Cure Leukaemia, has also been made a CBE for services to medicine and medical research.

Other recipients included Marc Bailey, of Moflash Signalling, who received an MBE for services to international trade, and Arnie Kaplan, former owner of Metro Shipping, also was awarded ‎an MBE for services to charity, particularly through Gentlemen’s Night Out. 

Cllr Habib Rehman of Birmingham City Council also received an OBE for services to business and community relations in Birmingham.