Ethnic business awards launched

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Global investment banker Goldman Sachs has been named headline sponsor for a new awards programme that highlights the achievement of businesses launched by people from South Yorkshire’s ethnic minority communities.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme joins Sheffield Hallam University, NatWest Bank, law firm Wosskow Brown, Finance Yorkshire and property consultants Mark Jenkinson & Sons as sponsors for the awards.

ABDN, the business network that promotes the success of enterprises launched by people from the UK’s ethnic minorities, is organising the event, which takes place at the Double Tree Hilton Sheffield on Thursday, May 23.

South Yorkshire chairman, Irshad Akbar, said the event would create an opportunity to honour high-achieving businesses from South Yorkshire’s minority communities who had contributed tremendously to the local economy.

Speakers will include Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership chairman James Newman and Asian businesswoman Ghazal Asif, who reached the finals of the BBC programme, The Apprentice.

Six awards are being presented – for business of the year, new business start-up of the year, female entrepreneur of the year, young entrepreneur of the year, professional of the year and social enterprise of the year.

The event will also raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Burns Charity.