TOP HONOURS FOR ASIAN BUSINESSES BASED IN THE SOUTH AT LLOYDS TSB JEWEL AWARDS

Now in its seventh year, the event was held on Saturday 7th November 2009 at the London Hilton, Park Lane and saw nine coveted awards presented in categories including business and commerce, professional service, healthcare, education and public life.  
The winners were chosen from thousands of nominations from across the region, spanning business, education, politics and the charity sector. Judges of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, including business entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den James Caan, faced a tough challenge selecting the final winners and said this year’s nominees included some of the most impressive and inspiring individuals in the event’s seven-year history.  
Lloyds TSB business experts were on hand to offer advice to SMEs, corporates and individual entrepreneurs on how businesses can manage their way through the economic downturn and position themselves for when the recovery begins.  Commenting on the awards, Mrs Kamel Hothi, Asian Markets Director, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, says: “For over half a century, the Asian community in Britain has been making a huge contribution to all aspects of life, not least the economy. I would like to congratulate all of the winners on their outstanding achievement as they continue to set a benchmark in these challenging economic times, when their abilities and acumen are truly put to the test.  Through our sponsorship of the Jewel Awards, we have had the opportunity to honour and celebrate the many achievements that make the Asian business community a source of inspiration to us all. We’re working hard to make sure that the Asian firms get all the help they need from us during these difficult times and in the future.”  
Khalid Darr, Chairman of Carter Andersen (CA), organisers of the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, says: “Asian men and women are truly breaking new ground in their professional careers and adding real value to the UK economy. This is what these awards set out to recognise.” Lloyds TSB’s support of the Jewel Awards is just one aspect of the bank’s commitment to serving the UK’s Asian population and demonstrates its wider role, providing a level of support that only comes through a deep understanding of its customers.
A further example of Lloyds TSB supporting the business community is confirmed by the pledges it has made in its charter for small businesses and the bank’s commitment to lend to firms through a range of government schemes.