Award Categories

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Business of the year

New and innovative SME with high performance & growth

This award recognises new and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises that have shown exceptional performance and growth despite being in operation for fewer than 18 months. This award celebrates the entrepreneurship, vision, and ability of these businesses to establish themselves in their respective marketplaces.

Family

Business of the year

Excelling in a family-owned business 

The “Family Business of the Year” award recognises businesses that excel in being family-owned and operated. This award celebrates the unique dynamics, values, and success that arise from having two or more family members involved in the operation and management of the business. 

Micro

Business of the year

Successfully running a one to two-person business

The award celebrates the achievements of small businesses that are run by one to two people, including sole traders. This category recognises the success, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who have established and operated their businesses independently. 

Small

Business of the year

A growing dynamic business operation run by 25 or less employees 

This award recognises the achievements of small businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have demonstrated consistent growth through effective leadership, a deep understanding of their customers, and a commitment to engaging their employees.

Medium

Business of the year

An established business operation run by more than 25 employees 

The “Medium Business of the Year” award celebrates the achievements of established businesses that have more than 25 employees. This award recognises companies that demonstrate all-round strength in various aspects of their operations and have a strong track record of financial performance and growth. 

Large

Business of the year

An established business operating for a min of 5 years  

This award recognises the achievements of established businesses that have been operating for a minimum of five years and employ more than 50 staff. This award celebrates companies that demonstrate outstanding organization, exceptional financial returns, and strong growth. 

Digital

Business of the year

Achieving growth with digital innovation 

This award recognises businesses that have excelled in leveraging digital technologies and strategies to achieve exceptional results and success in their respective industries. This award celebrates organizations that have fully embraced the digital landscape and have effectively utilized it to drive their business operations.

Food & Beverage

Business of the year

Setting a benchmark in halal dinning 

The award recognises establishments in the food and beverage industry that have set a benchmark in halal dining. This award celebrates restaurants, caterers, cafes, takeaways, and hotels that have demonstrated excellence in providing halal cuisine and have operated successfully in their respective categories.

Professional Services

Business of the year

Service Based businesses achieving excellence 

This award recognises businesses in the professional services sector that have achieved excellence in their field. This award celebrates service-based businesses that demonstrate exceptional financial performance, innovation, and a commitment to delivering excellent customer service. 

Travel and Tourism

Business of the year

Demonstrating creative and commercial success

The award recognises businesses operating in the travel and tourism industry that have demonstrated creative and commercial success, along with responsible tourism practises. This award welcomes entries from all tourism businesses and tour operators, including travel agents, suppliers, and destination operators

Fashion

Business of the year

Taking modest fashion to the next level

The award recognises businesses in the fashion industry that have achieved both creative and commercial success, particularly in the realm of modest fashion. This award celebrates fashion businesses that have taken modest fashion to the next level and have made significant contributions to the fashion industry. 

Businessman

Of the year

Outstanding entrepreneur – Male

The “Businessman of the Year” award recognises an outstanding male entrepreneur who has played a pivotal role in the overall success of a business over the last two years. This award celebrates individuals who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurial outlook, vision, and leadership that sets them apart from their peers. 

Businesswoman

Of the year

Outstanding entrepreneur –Female

The “Businesswoman of the Year” award recognises an outstanding female entrepreneur who has played a pivotal role in the overall success of a business over the last two years. This award celebrates individuals who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurial outlook, vision, and leadership that sets them apart from their peers. 

Financial Services

Business of the year

Excellence in financial services 

The award recognises excellence in the financial services sector. This award is open to financial services organizations that have created innovative and successful businesses, distinguishing themselves from the competition through their operations, promotional activities, products, and customer services. 

Real Estate

Business of the year

Celebrating the best in the UK’s real estate industry

The “Real Estate Business of the Year” award celebrates the best in the UK’s real estate industry. This award category is open to all businesses operating in Britain’s competitive residential and commercial property market, including lettings and estate agencies, property developers, and more. 

Community

Business of the year

Giving back to the community  

This award celebrates social enterprises that are dedicated to giving back to their communities. This award category recognises businesses that have been born out of a genuine desire to serve the community and have implemented effective strategies and philanthropic initiatives that contribute to the betterment of their communities. 

10 Years Milestone

Award of the year

Successfully running and growing a business for a decade 

This award recognises a business that has achieved a significant milestone of successfully running and growing for 10 consecutive years. This award celebrates the business’s long-term sustainability, growth in turnover, expansion of products and services, and an increase in its workforce. 

Ihsan Award for Excellence

In Diversity & Inclusion

Welcoming a diverse workforce 

This special award recognises a non-Muslim business that goes above and beyond to create an inclusive environment where Muslims feel genuinely welcome and included in all aspects of business life. The term “Ihsan” in Arabic signifies excellence and doing something in the best possible way. 

Lifetime Achievement in

Business Award

Business personality representing achievement and longevity. 

This is a prestigious recognition that celebrates a businessperson who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and longevity in their career. The award honors an individual whose culture and commercial principles have been focused on creating a greater good and solving social challenges for diverse communities. 

There is no entry form for the Lifetime Achievement Award as this will be decided upon discretion of the judges.  

Islam Channel Chairman Award

Business of the year

Industry leader 

This is a special recognition presented by the founder of Islam Channel, Mohamed Ali Harrath. This award acknowledges an exceptional business that has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and success within its industry. 

Unlike other award categories, the recipient of this award is chosen solely by Mohamed Ali Harrath and is not open for entries or nominations.

TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

Leadership Award

Providing guidance and leadership to businesses and the wider community

This prestigious award recognises a personality who has encouraged innovation and
leadership, and driven forward successful business outcomes for the community. The
individual has been a leader in providing guidance and support to British Muslims while
also developing innovative approaches to business.