Asian Standard’s own editor and managing director won big at the Asian Women of Achievements (AWA) Awards last night.
Held in a respected Park Lane hotel in London, Fatima Patel was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year at the prestigious and longstanding award ceremony.
First held in 1999, the AWA Awards celebrated its 23rd ceremony by recognising Asian women who have made a valuable and important contribution to British life and play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women and informing a new, positive, pro-diversity debate.
The shortlist included 66 women from across the UK in thirteen categories, including Arts and Culture, Business, Entrepreneur, Public Service, Professions, Media, Science, Social and Humanitarian, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction, Sport, Young Achiever, and Technology and Digital.
The Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented to women who have set up, grown and established their own businesses across the private business and social enterprise sectors. The award is given to women who galvanise the local economy, creating prosperity and jobs in their region.
Ms Patel is the driving force behind making Asian Standard one of the UK’S leading newspapers in British Asian media and publishing. The title – which includes the Asian Style Magazine supplement – spans four regions including Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees and the North East, with our fifth publication launching in Manchester later in the year and a further five titles by 2025.
Last year, Asian Sunday celebrated its 10th anniversary, with the title being the first Asian weekly Sunday newspaper in the UK before the print paper became rebranded as Asian Standard Bradford in 2015 and Asian Sunday became a digital-only national news and culture platform.
Through Asian Standard, Ms Patel also up the Inspirational Women Foundation (IWF) in 2014, a not-for-profit organisation which supports women of all backgrounds at home, at work and in the community.
“This award is a reward for all the sacrifices my mother, my team and I have made to make our newspaper the title it is today and I am honoured and humbled to be sharing the same platform with such stupendously incredible women.” – Fatima Patel
The IWF runs a sports club with multiple sessions throughout the week for women to participate in sports such as cricket, badminton, football and more.
Women also get the chance to take part in exclusive events and talks. Less than a month ago, Polar Preet, the first South Asian woman to trek across Antarctica, gave an exclusive interview to Ms Patel and a talk to women from the IWF and esteemed guests at Prestige Hall in BD3.
Next month, Asian Standard will be holding its first two-day Curry Mela at Centenary Square which will feature food stalls, free cooking demonstrations and entertainment before hosting its third-annual Bradford Curry Awards which honours Bradford’s absolute best curry houses, chefs, and best home cooks from the district. For more information visit, here.
Our editor and managing director, Fatima Patel, said: “They say behind every successful man is a woman and I say behind every successful woman is also a woman.
“This award is a reward for all the sacrifices my mother, my team and I have made to make our newspaper the title it is today and I am honoured and humbled to be sharing the same platform with such stupendously incredible women. Thank you to everyone who made this achievement possible.”
Founder and Chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and Women of the Future Programme, Pinky Lilani CBE DL, said: “When I started this project, my hope was to spotlight talented but often unsung Asian women. Today, our vision is that these awards should be the pre-eminent platform for celebrating the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society.”
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, who is also involved with the awards, said: “The awards are a great way to celebrate the broad range of achievements of Asian women in Britain, and to encourage future successes.”
Congratulations to our editor for this wonderful achievement and to the other winners honoured across the thirteen categories. For the full list of winners, please visit our sister title, Asian Sunday, here.