NRI Piali Ray is UK’s Outstanding Biz Person of the Year
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 14:12
London: An Indian-origin director of the South Asian arts development agency based in Birmingham, has been honoured by the Institute of Asian Businesses during its annual dinner.

Piali Ray, has been given the Outstanding Business Person of the Year award, while two restaurants picked up the remaining awards.

Itihaas, through its owner Raj Rana, won Outstanding Innovation of the Year while Jabbar Khan won the category for the Outstanding Student/Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Key Stages On Line, the Midlands' largest provider of online and centre-based education, won the accolade of Outstanding Business of the Year.

The main speaker at the event was author Preethi Nair who spoke of the many adversities she faced in order to follow her dream of becoming a writer.

Chairman of the Institute of Asian Businesses, Arun Bajaj said, "Winners were individuals and companies whose skill, ambition, enthusiasm and sheer hard work have enabled them to excel in their business pursuits. The awards are the ideal opportunity for these qualities to be recognised."

Eric Williams of sponsor Grant Thornton, said, "West Midlands' Asian businesses have undoubtedly come of age. From the seeds sown by pioneering entrepreneurs over 40 years ago, a dynamic, substantial and important business sector has developed, which can compete with any in the region, the UK and wider, and who will in my view be key to the anticipated recovery for West Midlands private businesses".

He added, "Our region has benefited enormously from the energy, influence and vibrancy exemplified in these award winners and I am sure they and others like them will deliver even more success as we move out of recession and into recovery."


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 14:12

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