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Awards success for Asian businesses in the Black Country

More than 550 guests turned out for the 13th Black Country Asian Business Association Awards at Wolverhampton Racecourse last week, where outstanding businesses were recognised.

Family-owned Panesar Foods (pictured) was named 'Business of the Year' at the celebration on Friday 13 June.

Panesar Foods manufactures sauces for several global brands within the UK and overseas. The company has seen growth over a number of years and employs 150 people at its Tipton base.

A further investment of £7m could see a doubling of the workforce – making the firm a genuine Black Country success story.

The full complement of award-winners included:

Business Start Up – Sun Solar
Young Entrepreneur – Kashif Latif
Community Excellence – Sporting Khalsa
Regeneration – 5 Rivers Group
Business Person of the Year – Salinder Singh (Glass Express)
Innovation and Enterprise – Cornpoppers
International Trade – Zeel Solutions
Business Woman of the Year – Parmjit Bains
Business of the Year – Panesar Foods
Regional Personality of the Year – Deana Uppal 
Lifetime Achievement Award – Lord Paul

The evening was hosted by BBC presenter Tommy Sandhu, with music produced by Amarun Johal. Guests at the prestigious dinner were treated to a speech by Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Freeserve. He urged business managers to become more like entrepreneurs, not allowing rigorous methodology and the seeking of validation to stifle innovation and creativity

Black Country LEP Board Member Ninder Johal, who is Chairman of BCABA and President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, agreed that businesses should look to maximise the opportunities available to them in an increasingly global marketplace.

He celebrated the contribution of Asian-owned businesses to the local economy and the fact that the Black Country and Greater Birmingham region has produced its first billionaire in the form of Ranjit Boparan of 2 Sisters Food Group.

The event raised more than £5,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

For more information about the Black Country Asian Business Association, just visit the BCABA website >>

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