The University of Suffolk and the Bangladeshi Support Centre are working together to launch the County’s first BME Business Awards – an evening to celebrate the diversity of businesses and the people that run them. Culminating in an awards ceremony that will form a centrepiece to the Suffolk Business School’s annual Business Festival, the awards offer the chance to encourage and support business development and innovation.
Dr Will Thomas, Deputy Head of the Suffolk Business School said: “We’re very excited about hosting these awards – Suffolk has a wonderfully diverse business community and this gives us the chance to recognise and celebrate their hard work.”
Mr Mojlum Khan, Centre Manager at the Bangladeshi Support Centre said: “We have been supporting the Bangladeshi and other BME communities for almost 20 years and are delighted to have this chance to work with the University to recognise and celebrate BME businesses and the people that run them.”
There are 4 awards for which businesses or individuals can be nominated: Business of the Year; Business-person of the Year; Start-up or New Business of the Year; and Community Business of the Year. In addition, the judges will present a special award to a business that comes close to winning in another category.
Dr Daba Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation noted: “These awards highlight the creativity and innovation that flourishes in multicultural communities. That spirit makes Suffolk a wonderfully enterprising County.”
The awards ceremony will be a centrepiece event during the second Suffolk Business Festival hosted by the Suffolk Business School during the final week of October. This annual series of events brings staff and students from the university together with businesses to discuss a variety of topics and provide the chance for networking and sharing of ideas.
To nominate a business or a businessperson you can pick up a form from the Bangladeshi Support Centre; download a form from their website or from the Suffolk Business School website.