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Some of the brightest stars of the British Asian community were the winners at the Lloyds TSB Central Jewel Awards, including one of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs, Khalid Hussain, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes at Wolverhampton University, Rishma Dattani.

Now in its sixth year, the event was held on Saturday 21st June 2008 at the NEC, Hilton, Birmingham and was hosted by GMTV’s, Claire Nasir.

The winners were chosen from thousands of nominations from across the region, spanning business, education, politics and the charity sector. The panel of judges for the event faced a tough challenge selecting the final winners from this high calibre selection of nominees.

Eight coveted Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards were announced on the night. Two new awards launched this year: one for the Future Leaders, and the second the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Jewel Award. This year’s winners are:

The Business & Commerce Excellence Jewel Award: Khalid, Tahir, Zahid and Shahid Sheikh, Clifton Packaging

Born in Pakistan, Hussain came to the UK when he was four years old and joined the family’s food store business after leaving school. His ambition and hard work have enabled him to develop the business into the Pak Supermarket brand. Integral to this growth was a strategic shift in the way the business was traditionally managed and run. Hussain looked at ways in which he could increase the shopping experience of his customers and began a full renovation by introducing his own brands to compete with main food multiples in price, and by improving the physical appearance of the store.

The new Pak Supermarket is the largest ethnic retail food store in the UK and also the first Asian Supermarket to introduce an online shopping site offering a home delivery service. Its turnover is expected to reach approximately £21 million.

The Healthcare & Education Excellence Jewel Award: Rishma Dattani, University of Wolverhampton

A formidable woman who places education and cultural heritage firmly at the foundation of her identity, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes, Wolverhampton University, Rishma Dattani, has successfully balanced traditional Indian family life with her professional commitment to nurturing the young. Rishma joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer in Economics in 1989 and has successfully ascended the career ladder with the support of her family and husband. In 2005 she was appointed Associate Dean in the Business School which, at the time, made her one of the youngest. She is also the only Asian woman to hold a senior position within the university.

The Professional Excellence Jewel Award: Joint Winners Rafaqat Sabir of CVS Financial Planning Limited and Paul Thandi of the NEC Group

Born and raised in Birmingham, Raf Sabir decided at an early age to pursue a career in finance and, after completing his BSc degree in Accountancy at Cardiff University, he realised his dream job when he joined Barclays Corporate Banking. After eight years at Barclays, Raf decided to venture into self employment when he set up CVS Financial Planning Limited, securing an expanding niche market offering financial services as an IFA in the corporate sector.

Raf attributes his company’s success to the personal service he provides, his dedicated team of professionals and the close links he has developed with many of the large financial institutions. Over the last two years the company has arranged finance in excess of £120m, dealing with some of the best known and established businesses within the Midlands area and beyond.

Chief Executive of the NEC Group, Paul Thandi, is no newcomer to the burgeoning events and exhibition industry. Previously an Executive Director at CMP Information (CMPi), a multimedia trading division in exhibitions, conferences, digital, information products and online communities, Thandi spent the last three years enabling CMPi’s acquisition and merger strategy and managing the full strategic, financial and operational control of the company’s exhibition and publishing portfolio.

The Public Service Excellence Jewel Award: Zareen Roohi Ahmed of Waterhouse Consulting Group

Dudley born mother of two, Zareen Roohi Ahmed, has made it her personal prerogative to lend a voice to the critical issues facing Muslims in Britain. Zareen was the first Muslim woman to lead a national Muslim organisation in Britain, the British Muslim Forum.

Retail Food & Franchise Excellence Jewel Award: Amrik S Uppal, East & West Restaurant Group

You can count on Amrik S Uppal, Chairman of East & West Restaurants Group, to bring the Midlands closer to a more refined experience of world class dining. Arguably the first restaurant chain in the UK to have transformed and redefined Birmingham’s status as offering much more than the simple balti, East & West Restaurants Group has been the talk of the town in Birmingham and beyond for over two decades. East & West Restaurants Group is the name behind innovative dining concepts such as Jimmy Spice’s World Buffet, Blue Mango, Indian Brasserie & Bar, NYC Bar & Lounge and the internationally renowned Shimla Pinks chain of restaurants.

The Future Leaders Award Winner: Bhavik Patel, Usman Shabir, Ateeq Javed – Warwickshire County Cricket Club Academy

The Future Leaders Award is a very special award presented to a young individual/s who has demonstrated strong leadership and social awareness skills. This was presented to The Warwickshire County Cricket Club Academy, which is an integral part of the ECB world class Performance Plan, and it is envisaged that many of the National Academy and international players of the future will come via the County Academies. The Academy has the responsibility of identifying, selecting and developing the next generation ofWarwickshire and England players and, to date, their success has been more than encouraging with young players such as Bhavik Patel, Usman Shabir and Ateeq Javed.

Bhavik Patel is 19 and currently attending Nottingham Trent University. He has toured with the Academy to South Africa and is at present in the Warwickshire Under19s side and hopes to captain them this summer. Usman Shabir is 16 and plays for Warwickshire Under16's and Under17's. He holds the clubs top average of 102 and also contributed with 3 fifties last season. He scored 900 plus runs for his club Moseley whom he now represents in the 2nd's and 1st team. Ateeq Javid is also 16 and plays for Warwickshire under 16's and under 17's. The club was overjoyed with his performance last summer when he scored over 250 runs and took 11 wickets over a short period. He also currently plays for Aston Manor in the 1st team. All three boys have achieved remarkable success in their chosen sport and are earmarked to become Future Leaders in cricket.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Keith Vaz MP

On 26th July 2007, Keith Vaz was elected Chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee - He was appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in June 2006. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. Keith has been a Member of Parliament for Leicester East since 1987. During this time he has held a number of Government posts: Minister of State for Europe (1999-2001); Parliamentary Secretary (Minister), Lord Chancellor's Dept (May-Oct 1999); and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General, John Morris, and Solicitor General, Lord Falconer QC (June 1997-May 1999). Keith is a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee. He is also Chair of the Labour Party's Ethnic Minority Taskforce. Among his national activities, he is Founder Patron of Silver Star Appeal, Next Steps Foundation and Naz Project London, Vice Chair, British Council and President, India Development Group (UK) Ltd.

Truett Tate, Group Executive Director, Wholesale & International Banking, Lloyds TSB, said: “The continued success story of British Asian firms is an inspiration to the wider business community. Currently, Asian owned firms are outpacing other companies in their rate of growth and are making their mark across fields as diverse as culture, finance, retail and professional services.

“Our sponsorship of the Jewel Awards is just one way that Lloyds TSB is helping to recognise and develop this success. We have established ourselves as a bank that is dedicated to serving Britain’s changing communities. We are continuing to develop our range of Islamic financial services and are always exploring new ways to meet the needs of our Asian customers.”

Khalid Darr, Chairman of the Carter Andersen (CA), organisers of The Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, says: “Asian men and women throughout the regions are challenging the world of business, breaking new grounds in their professional careers and adding real value to the UK economy, this is what these awards set out to recognise.”

L to R: Iftkhar ahmed, Hafiz, Charanjit, Asha, Kamel, Mohammed, Shelim
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