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High flyers honoured at eighth Scottish Asian Business Awards ceremony

leading figures in the Scottish Asian business world have been honoured at a prize-giving ceremony in Glasgow.

Arti Poddar of Sterling Care Homes and Tarak Ramzan of Quiz Clothing were respectively named businesswoman and businessman of the year at the eighth annual Scottish Asian Business Awards, which also saw Mohammed Tufail Shaheen pick up the lifetime achievement award.

In total 14 awards were presented at the Thistle Hotel, with categories including young achiever, entrepreneur and new business of the year.

The awards, organised to recognise the achievements of Scottish Asian men and women in business, were presented by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh of Hamilton Burns WS, and Ajmal Mushtaq of Mushtaqs Restaurant. An appearance was also made by Miss India Scotland Rameet Kaur Sandhu, who interviewed the winners.

Yasmin Mahmood, operations director for event organiser Oceanic Consulting, said: "Each year this event has gone from strength to strength. This year we have seen many new faces in business as well as young entrepreneurs pushing through to battle it out. We have some truly worthy winners and finalists and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves."

Ian Collins, area director at awards sponsor Bank of Scotland, said: "Last night saw some truly inspiring winners, and we want to congratulate all of those nominated."

The 2013 winners also included: Natasha Ahmed of Fabulosity Boutique (young achiever), Aasia Ali of Lambert Smith Hampton (rising star), Mohammed Zulfikar and Mohammed Iftikhar Haidar of Papa Johns (franchisee), Nadeem Siddiqui (community award), Bonanza Scotland (family-run business), Super Soccer (new business), Blue Canyon (small business), Krush (retail business), Jelina Berlow-Rahman (best professional), Sunita Poddar (entrepreneur), and Apollo Foods (business of the year).

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