Judges for the awards include Juliette Healey from Bank of England, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Lesley Batchelor from Institute of Export and Tommy Nagra from BBC Television, amongst others.
Juliette Healey said: “The judges were faced with some difficult decisions this year, there are very close categories. We have been so excited by the amount of applications we have received, each with fantastic success in their field. We’re looking forward to announcing the winners at the Awards Dinner”.
With the annual awards dinner now in its third year, the event has grown to become one of the most prestigious celebrations in the Asian business calendar. Sponsors include the Royal Armoured Corps Band, iCO Event Services, Institute of Export and BQ Magazine amongst others all showing the Yorkshire Asian business community support.
The Yorkshire Asian Business Association provides a voice for businesses on a regional, national and international level no matter what size or sector your business. Asian businesses are as diverse as the population of the UK, spanning manufacturing and professional services, retail, entertainment and fashion, hospitality industries, telecommunications and more, and YABA come together each year to celebrate emerging and evolving businesses in the region.
The shortlisted applicants have been invited to the Awards Dinner, where the winners will be announced on 29 September at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford. Special awards are sponsored by IA3, GCI and YABA and will be announced on the evening.
The categories and shortlisted applicants are:
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University
Akhtar Kasia – FAAB
Manit – Manjit’s Kitchen
Ricci Dean – Pearl Noir
Food, Drink and Agri-Tech Business of the Year - Sponsored by Institute of Export
Shabir Hussain – Akbars
Mahboob Hussein – Ice Stone Gelato
International Business of the Year – Sponsored by DLA Piper
Rusha Ali – Eurobangla
Ibrahim Najahi – R&R Ice Cream
Richard Smith - Surfachem
Retail Business of the Year – Sponsored by Sytner
Jas – Bradford Bazaar
Kiren Basra – Bierley Superstores
SME Business of the Year – Sponsored by BQ
Amara Sangha – Pamper Me
Nasar Hussain – ITC
Rachim Singh – Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors
Parvinder Bhabra – Northern Cam Co Ltd
Salma Karolia – Salma’s Beauty Academy
Professional of the Year – Sponsored by The Royal Armoured Corps
Iqbal Bhana – Iqbal Bhana
Noor Ali – WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Pritpal Singh – PWC
Ranjit Uppal – Switalskis Solicitors