Dr Rami Ranger MBE, Chairman of Sun Mark, (standing fourth from right in front row) winner of the prestigious Growing Business Awards Export Champion of the Year 2013, with the other winners on the night

Dr Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd, was awarded the coveted Export Champion of Britain Award for 2013 by the Growing Business Awards at a glittering dinner held at the London Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London W1. The Growing Business Awards, supported by the CBI and in association with Lloyds Bank, highlights the nation’s most exciting and innovative businesses of all sizes and sectors. The competition for these awards is tough as the good and the great of the British business fraternity along with captains of industry compete for these awards.

The Guest of Honour, the Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, hailed the “hard work, vision and risk-taking” of British businesses, but called on them to invest more. He said: “We’ve done the emergency repairs. The engine has had a full service and is getting going again. But it won’t get into top gear until British business starts investing some of the half trillion pounds worth of cash it’s built up in reserve.” Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra beer, shared his tips for success, namely thinking of going global as soon as you start your business. Rami Ranger, Chairman of Sun Mark, on receiving the award, expressed that it was because of Britain’s entrepreneurial culture that he had been able to build a startup business into a world class company in less than 20 years and it is through enterprise that Britain could regain its place in the world.


Mr Tankut Aydin, the Chief Commercial Counsellor of Turkey, H. BahadirTuzcu, the Secretary General ASKON, Jaspal Singh Minhas President LABA and Cllr Abdul Osman

LABA’s President Japsal Singh Minhas hosted a visit by H. BahadirTuzcu, the Secretary General of the Association of Anatolian Businessmen (ASKON), Turkey along with Mr Tankut Aydin the Chief Commercial Counsellor of Turkey based in Birmingham.

The visit facilitated by Mr Aydin involved round table discussion on signing an MOU with LABA to facilitate bilateral trade and investment and organising trade missions for LABA members to Turkey and hosting a delegation from ASKON in early 2014.


The Indo British Trade Council (IBTC) has announced the appointment of a new Board member.

Ather Mirza, the Director of the University of Leicester News Centre, and a former journalist with the Leicester Mercury, will work with IBTC to ensure the interests of higher education are represented in the work of the Council. He succeeds Professor Douglas Tallack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Leicester who retires at the end of the year.

He will also bring over 30 years’ media experience to the Board. A graduate in English from the University of Leicester, with a postgraduate qualification in Education Marketing, he trained for his National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) proficiency award on the Leicester Mercury where he worked for 11 years before joining the External Relations Office at the University where he was former Head of Press and Alumni Relations and is now Director of the News Centre.


October 2013

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