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The 5th annual Asian Business Awards Midlands, which honours the continued success and achievements of local Asian businesses, took place on Friday 7th April at the world-famous Edgbaston cricket ground. The night also launched the annual Asian Rich List – Midlands, a regional edition of the UK’s definitive compilation profiling the wealthiest Asians in the country.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals collected the prestigious Asian Business of the Year Award. Morningside Pharmaceuticals is a leading supplier to the NHS, with a critical emphasis on making quality healthcare affordable. Other winners included Kailash Suri, Managing Director of Reel Cinemas for Entrepreneur of the Year; Nishti Ismail, Founder of Nishti's Choice for Community Champion and the Asian Businesswoman of the Year accolade went to Dame Asha Khemka OBE DBE, Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire.

It was a double celebration for Morningside Pharmaceuticals who also increased its rank to number five on the Asian Rich List – Midlands, falling just behind powerhouse companies Boparan Holdings, Caparo Holdings, Barker Shows and Liberty House.

The Asian Rich List – Midlands remains the definitive guide to Asian success, wealth and entrepreneurial spirit from the vast British Asian business community in the region. This year’s overall list is valued at an estimated £4.7 billion. 2017 sees the Boparan family maintaining its heaping valuation at £900 million, while Lord Swraj, founder of Caparo Holdings increases in valuation from £500 million in 2016 to £800 million in 2017. The list features three new entries, including fourth rank Sanjeev Gupta of Liberty House with an estimated value of £250 million.

Shailesh Solanki, Editor, Asian Rich List comments: “The Asian Rich List Midlands once again proves to be one of the most powerful compilations of the region’s most successful business leaders. This year’s list shows exceptional growth from both familiar faces and new entries amongst the Asian community in the Midlands. With the impact these businesses have on our economy, we can see a promising future for our business leaders.”

The Asian Business Awards Midlands 2017, managed by the Asian Media & Marketing Group (AMG) is a landmark event attended by the industry’s highest achievers, local celebrities and dignitaries. BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan hosted this year’s event and key guests included Dame Asha Khemka, Amanda Solloway MP, Adrian Bailey MP, Wasim Khan MBE, and Rt Hon Gisela Stuart MP.

Kalpesh Solanki, Group Managing Editor of AMG, states: “All of the winners tonight showcase the dynamic business leadership and talent in the Midlands. The British Asian community is thriving and these awards have celebrated the innovative and forward thinking Asian businessmen and women in areas such as entrepreneurship, healthcare and manufacturing. It has been a great evening celebrating the success of our winners.”

This year’s Asian Business Awards was held in association with Investec Private Banking. Speaking about the success of the new partnership, Sherelle Singh, Private Banker, Birmingham said: “We are thrilled to have been able to support the Asian Business Awards Midlands, celebrating the hard work and tremendous success of entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the region. 

"Investec Private Bank wish to congratulate all award winners on their achievements and feel honoured to be a part of such an inspiring event. In particular, we would like to commend Dame Asha Khemka DBE, winner of the Asian Businesswoman of the Year award. We look forward to continuing to support entrepreneurs and businesses in the Midlands over the coming year.”

Asian Business Awards Midlands 2017 - Full list of winners:

Asian Business of the Year

WINNER: Morningside Pharmaceuticals
Businesswoman of the Year Award in association with Investec Private Banking

WINNER: Dame Asha Khemka OBE DBE, Principal & CEO, West Nottinghamshire College

Healthcare Business Award

WINNER: Jardines (UK) Limited

Restaurant Award

WINNER: Five Rivers Group

Entrepreneur of the Year Award supported by Business Growth Fund

WINNER: Kailash Suri, Managing Director, Reel Cinemas

Community Champion Award

WINNER: Nishti Ismail, Founder, Nishti's Choice

Manufacturing Award

WINNER: Shahid Sheikh, Managing Director, Clifton Packaging

Fast Growth Business Award supported by Mazars

WINNER: HKS Retail Limited

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