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