As countdown to the annual Asian Achievers Awards begins, we have begun rounding in nominations. Just like the last 18 years, we are looking for some of the most successful and game-changing British Asian individuals who have set an example for the community. AAA recognises the outstanding work of the individuals from across all business and professions within the Asian community and acknowledge the accomplishments of the finest in the UK's Asian community.
Attended by Lords and Ladies, Members of Parliament and celebrities alike the awards is a key event in the social calendar. The awards are hosted by and the highlight of the Asian Business Publications, currently in its 19th year, to be held at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
The night is dedicated to recognise the outstanding work of individuals and acknowledges the accomplishments of the finest across the Asian community reflecting the publication’s 47 years of service for the community. The event is consistently favoured by the community and is the most prestigious and highly respected awards ceremony on the calendar.
Like every year, the awards night will have a Charity Partner for which the awards will help raise funds. Since its inception, AAA has helped various charities raise millions of pounds, and this year, the chosen charity organisation is Yuva Unstoppable, one of premier youth movement in India consisting volunteers to benefit over multiple underprivileged children across 32 cities of India.
Each year, the awards celebrates a certain aspect of the society and this year, the theme is 'Inclusivity'. We urge all members of the society to nominate at least one person from the LGBTQ community. We feel it is about time we involved people from all walks of life and gave them the recognition they deserve. There are ten categories for the awards and this week, we will have a look at Media, Arts and Culture, Young Entrepreneur, Business Person of the year, and Lifetime Achievement Award.
For Media, Arts and Culture, the award will be given to someone who has made a mark in media including print and broadcast media, cinema, art and culture. A young, aspiring entrepreneur with a proven track record of operating a successful business enterprise will be awarded the Young Entrepreneur award. The Business Person of the Year is someone who is successful in every sense of the word and also demonstrates a passion for social issues.
AAA also has the special Lifetime Achievement Award that honours individuals who have made immense contributions in any given field to their community and the country.
Last year the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to long serving NHS professional and philanthropist Dr Hasmukh Shah BEM. Atul Lakhani, CEO of multi-award winning catering and event management specialists Sanjay Foods was presented the Business of the Year award. Adarsh Radia – Co-founder of Indian restaurant chain Dishoom and eyewear startup KITE won the entrepreneur of the Year. The winner of Media, Art & Culture was Babita Sharma, BBC News anchor and documentarian.
If you know any one who has excelled in their respective fields, nominate them. Nomination closes on 31st July 2019.