MSDUK (Minority Supplier Development UK) held its first awards dinner celebrating and rewarding the achievements of British ethnic minority-owned businesses at London’s Hilton Waldorf on Thursday, September 25, 2008.
Top executives from corporate companies, including PepsiCo, BT and JP Morgan, joined MPs and community business leaders to applaud the achievements of suppliers from Britain’s ethnic minorities. Five awards were presented on the evening, with more than 250 guests in attendance.
The MSDUK Awards ceremony was a testimony of the mutually beneficial partnership between corporations who are the country’s leaders in supplier diversity and minority businesses.
Supplier of the Year in the HR, Recruitment and Training category went to Canary Wharf and City, in spite of some very impressive competition.
The winners were characterised by entrepreneurial flair and an inherent ability to turn their limitations as small businesses into strengths such as flexibility. Michelle Palmer, the entrepreneurial flair behind recruitment firm ‘Canary Wharf & City’ was an example of the fine partnership with MSDUK which gave her access to win blue chip clients such as JP Morgan, IBM and Enterprise Rent-a-car.
Mayank Shah, Director of MSDUK, said: “These success stories show that being a small business is no barrier to growth. These businesses have brought innovation, provided excellent service and added value to corporate supply chains. On the other hand, corporate organisations have showcased how their commitment to supplier diversity and have thus opened doors to some of the best entrepreneurial talent.”
Photos of the dinner can be retrieved here: –http://www.flickr.com/photos/31019204@N06/sets/72157607848756741/show