BCABA Network 2017 Business Awards – The Winners

Wolverhampton Racecourse welcomed special guests for the BCABA Network 2017 Annual Dinner & Awards on Friday 29th September. Find out all the winners below!

Sameena Ali Khan and Winners

“We would like to thank BCABA for this Community Excellence award"

Special guests, celebrities and entrepreneurs graced the BCABA Network Annual Dinner & Awards on 29th September 2017.

Taking place at the prestigious Wolverhampton Racecourse, business owners from around the Black Country arrived to celebrate the incredible achievements of their peers. Numerous sponsors including media partners DESIblitz.com were also in attendance.

Hosted by Sameena Ali Khan from ITV Central and with entertainment from international artist Jaggi Jagowal, the evening was a huge success. The ceremony honoured those men and women who are achieving great things and inspiring others with their innovative business ventures.

Winners included the likes of Angela Bir who took home an incredible two awards on the night including, ‘Business Women of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of The Year’ for the Ramada Park Hall.

Expressing her joy over both accolades, Bir said: “BCABA hosted a truly great night with a number of celebrities being present at the event.

Host Sameena Ali Khan

“I would like to thank all the board members of BCABA who relentlessly commit their time to encourage businesses to go from strength to strength and succeed to achieve their goals.

“It is an honour for me to receive two awards at the event and I commit myself to helping others to succeed in years to come.”

Bir was one of the several Asian women taking home awards for their successful initiatives. ‘Learning Business of the Year’ was won by Manjinder Sangha of Kapture8, an innovative teaching platform and app. Sangha said:

“We are delighted to have won the Learning Business of the Year and humbled that we have received such support and recognition from the BCABA Network. We hope it inspires others to keeping working hard and achieving their goals. Kapture8 hopes to continue to shape the future of education.”

‘Retailer of the Year’ went to Amerjit Singh while ‘Business Person of the Year’ went to Gurdev Singh Bahra of Specialist Metallic Coatings Ltd. Bahra also won the ‘Environmental Award for Business’ for his Wolverhampton based business.

Also celebrating the strides businesses have made to connect with their local communities, the ‘Community Excellence Award’ was given to multiple winners including, Midland Langar Seva Society, Chan Nandhray, SWAN – Sikh Women’s Action Network and Access 2 Business.

Sahdaish Pal, Chair of SWAN said: “We would like to thank BCABA for this Community Excellence award. The Sikh Women’s Action Network (SWAN) are truly honoured to receive it. It is an even greater honour to be shortlisted amongst those that make such a positive contribution to society and people we consider to be our friends and colleagues.

“We are humbled to see that people have taken SWAN into their hearts and minds and this has allowed us to achieve what we set out to do in supporting and empowering women from all communities.

“Going forward, SWAN will continue it’s mission to breaking down barriers to equality, and we will continue to be the voices of women, assisting them to access justice and the right support.”

BCABA Winners

Here is the full list of winners of the BCABA Network 2017 Business Awards:

Retailer of The Year
Amerjit Singh, Nationwide Electrical & Security Wholesalers

Learning Business of the Year
Manjinder Sangha, Kapture8

Business Woman of the Year
Angela Bir, Ramada Park Hall

Business Person of the Year
Gurdev Singh Bahra, Specialist Metallic Coatings Ltd

Environmental Award for Business
Gurdev Singh Bahra, Specialist Metallic Coatings Ltd

Business Start-Up of the Year
Kavita Bachada, Khalsa Wills

Business Professional of The Year
John Mehtam, Martin Kaye Solicitors

Community Excellence Award – Joint Winners
Randhir Singh, Midland Langar Seva Society
Chan Nandhray
Sahdaish Pall, Narinder Kooner, Mandeep Sangu, SWAN – Sikh Women’s Action Network
Josie Kelly, Access 2 Business

Regeneration Award
Wolverhampton City Council

International Trade
David Main – Shankar (UK) LLP

Business of the Year
Angela Bir Ramada Park Hall

In addition to the festivities, BCABA was able to raise over £3,000 in total for their chosen charity, The Midland Air Ambulance Charity.

The BCABA Network Annual Dinner & Awards was a fantastic evening, celebrating businesses across the Black Country.

As well as Asian-owned businesses, BCABA welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, and it is inspiring to see how many entrepreneurs are finding success in all sectors.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Nazhat is a woman on a mission to reveal many different aspects of 'Desiness.' With interests in fashion, cooking and keeping fit, she describes herself as a bright and chic 'Desi' lady who lives by the motto 'survival of the fittest...'

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