Over 300 guests and hundreds of purchasing organisations from across the world came together to represent and promote the ethnic minority business community at the MSDUK 2016 Awards.
Overlooking the iconic Tower Bridge, the gala ceremony took place at the Grange Tower Bridge with a global audience who reflected how societies, countries and economies around the world are built by people from different backgrounds, cultures and origins working together.
The MSDUK awards honoured and recognised individuals who have shown great passion and belief in ethnic minority businesses by becoming true partners in their success and growth. The awards also celebrated the best of British ethnic minority entrepreneurs who have embraced innovation, achieved consistent growth and are doing this with a responsibility towards society and the environment.
Leading the way this year were women and entrepreneurs who started their journey outside Britain’s business capital – in smaller cities such as Bolton and Leicester.
After winning the Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year (2010) and the Director of the Year for Glasgow and West Scotland (2009) by the Institute of Directors, Dr Rabinder Buttar, CEO of ClinTec International, won the Scale Up Business of the year – showing inspirational growth.
On winning the award Dr Buttar said: “I am thrilled to accept this prestigious award on behalf of ClinTec International in recognition of our ongoing expansion both in service lines and in geographical reach. As founder of the organisation, I have always believed that success comes from the early recognition of what our clients want rather than what they are currently requesting for, and then having the courage to build my company along those lines. This award endorses that approach and also recognises the major contributions made by ClinTec’s management team and staff towards our future success. This endorsement puts our achievements on the map and enhances our reputation with current and future clients.”
Giving non-London businesses a voice and recognition, Britek shows that it doesn’t matter if you are in the city of London or not to make it big, all it takes is an innovative idea and determination. From humble roots in Bolton, Britek won the MSDUK Innovation Awards. Managing Director, Mo Hanslod said: “Winning means acknowledging that we have a world class commercially viable innovation that we achieved through the vision, passion and hard work of every employee in Bri-Tek. This has given a huge boost to brand recognition and credibility in the corporate world.”
With one of the largest ethnic minority populations in the UK, it comes as no surprise that Leicester’s Shahid Shaikh won the Entrepreneur of the Year for the stupendous success he has achieved with Clifton Packaging.
“Winning the Entrepreneurs Award means the world to me. I strive to do my best and be the best that I can be each and every day, but to be awarded this accolade from my peers is particularly special,” said Mr Shaikh.
It is not just ethnic minority businesses, but corporates who encourage and understand the value these businesses add to the supply chain and hence deserve to be recognised. This is why the MSDUK Corporation of the Year and the Inclusive Procurement of the Year awards went to Cummins and Balfour Beatty respectively.
Upon winning, Denis Ford, Corporate Indirect Purchasing Leader EMEA, NE/SE Asia & South Pacific said: “Cummins is dedicated to working with diverse suppliers that best deliver excellent products and services to our customers. Through our Cummins Diversity Procurement Initiative, our goal is to increase purchasing opportunities with new and existing diverse suppliers by developing and engaging with them. Winning Corporation of the Year Award will further enhance our credibility in this area and will go a long way in increasing awareness about Ethnic Minority Businesses, corporate peers and the procurement industry in general.”
Echoing his views, spokesperson from Balfour Beatty said: “Balfour Beatty is delighted to have won the Inclusive Procurement award for 2016. This is a fantastic recognition for the commitment we’ve made to SME and minority owned business in the UK and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Winning the award tells us that we are on the right track when it comes to embedding a more inclusive approach to procurement throughout our business. We hope to inspire other businesses to adopt a similar approach and that the award and our approach to inclusivity will encourage more small and minority owned businesses to work with Balfour Beatty.”
The award ceremony was hosted by actress, author and journalist Meera Syal, with a keynote address by Mark Q McLane, Managing Director Diversity & Inclusion, Barclays Plc and Ade Adepitan MBE, British Television Presenter and Wheelchair Basketball Player gave an inspiring insight into diversity.