ABDN – the Network of Influence – held its 12th Annual Business Awards Dinner at the prestigious Royal Armories Leeds tonight the 1st April. The event was hosted by comedian Shazia Mirza and the key speaker was Baroness Saeeda Warsi who explained to the assembled audience of business luminaries how she broke barriers in every aspect of her life to be where she is now.
The event itself was a stunner – a full red-carpet do in a terrific venue, a real oscar’s-night occasion really, really professional and far in advance of any other events we have attended in the last few years. Let’s get it together – we need something of this calibre west of the pennines!
Most promising new business of the year
TREE – Chris Tremlett
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Caremark Leeds – Farina Tayub
Service to the community
Milun Womens Centre- Jagmohani Manku
Going Green Award
J T M Services to John Middleton
Best Employer to Work For
ID PEC Building and shop fitting – Balbir Panesar
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Cubic Acquisitions -Manni Hussain
SME Business of the Year
Squarefoot Apartments – Mani Waheed
Business of the Year
Mumtaz Ventures – Bill Kimberling
Lifetime achievement award
Mohammed Aslam of Agrah Group of Restaurants.
Entertainment was provided by the B K Spark Dancers.