The Islam Channel Business Awards were held, for the first time, in 2019 to celebrate the diversity and success of Muslim businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK. Winners ranged across many business sectors from fashion to investment, travel to real estate, taking in businesses of all sizes. They proved a huge success in bringing together the community, showcasing the contribution of Muslim business to the UK economy and providing positive role models for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

For the second year running, the awards ceremony will be hosted by BBC London’s Asad Ahmad. He said: “I am glad to support the Islam Channel Business Awards, which recognise leading Muslim businesses serving Britain. Their contribution is invaluable, employing millions of people and generating billions of pounds for the UK economy.”

Islam is the second largest religion in the UK[1] and according to the Muslim Council of Britain’s 2013 report, ‘The Muslim Pound’, some 33% of all small to medium-sized enterprises in London are Muslim-owned, a figure which is likely to have risen in the interim. Many of the concerns which Muslim businesses address, such as ethical investment, ethical food supply and production, social accountability, modest clothing and alcohol-free beverages have now become mainstream. With its diverse Muslim population and multicultural outlook, the UK has become the centre of many sectors of the Islamic economy including finance, travel and fashion.

The judging panel is made up of senior community and business figures, which includes the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Rimla Akhtar MBE, Adam Ebrahim, Haroon Sheikh OBE and Dr. Ahmed Makhdoom.[2] There are 17 categories of award and the shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, where the winners will be announced. The ceremony will take place on 27th March at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in Mayfair. It will be attended by over 1,000 prominent members of the British business and professional communities including MPs and Ambassadors.

Islam Channel’s Chairman, Mohamed Ali Harrath, explains the vision behind the Business Awards:  

“Today, the global Islamic economy is large and growing rapidly. The industry was estimated to be worth $2.2 trillion in 2018 and is projected to be worth $3.2 trillion by 2024[3]. The UK is playing an important role in the development of this exciting industry and is home to many emerging Muslim owned and Muslim-oriented businesses. The British Muslim population has a young demographic that is increasingly highly educated and affluent. British Muslim businesses are making a significant contribution to the UK economy and by extension the social, political and cultural landscape of Britain. The Islam Channel Business Awards 2020 are our way of recognising and celebrating their achievements and bringing them to the attention of a wider audience.”   

Islam Channel is delighted to announce that the following companies and individuals have been shortlisted as finalists:

Start-up Business of the Year

  • Balance Innovations
  • Bee & Humble
  • Business Decoded Limited
  • Islamicfinanceguru.com
  • Niyah
  • You Vs You Ltd

Family Business of the Year

  • Dar al Taqwa 
  • CK Foods 
  • The Craft Studio
  • Crep Protect 
  • MBU Capital

Micro Business of the Year

  • Muslim InstaShop Expo
  • Mini Muslims
  • Mubarak London
  • Personal Match
  • GSV Sports management

Small Business of the Year

  • Artz-i
  • Aynam Energy
  • Kazient Privacy Experts
  • Scent Salim
  • The Craft Studio
  • London Tea Exchange

Medium-sized Business of the Year

  • HalalBooking
  • Crep Protect
  • Dentistry For You
  • WBYS
  • CK Foods Processing

Technology Business of the Year

  • Ibadah London 
  • Muzmatch
  • Wahed Invest
  • Halalbooking 
  • Muslima

Food & Beverage Business of the Year

  • Halal Street UK
  • CK Foods Processing
  • Shola Kitchen
  • London Tea Exchange
  • The Halal Guys

Travel & Tourism Business of the Year

  • Al-Hidaayah Travel Ltd
  • Al-Hijaz
  • Dar El Salam
  • Dome Tours
  • Sadat Hajj & Umrah

Professional Services Business of the Year

  • Kazient Privacy Experts
  • Gateway Global LLP
  • IFAAS
  • Qazi Investments
  • Baraka Translations

Fashion Business of the Year

  • Neish Clothing
  • Sanzaa Fashion
  • Islamic Design House
  • For Her Ltd
  • Rania zara studio

Businessman of the Year

  • Dr Esmail Harunani (Dentistry For You)
  • Jamal Ahmed (Kazient Privacy Experts)
  • Younis Chaudhry (Regal Food Products)
  • AbdulMaalik Tailor (Halal Tourism Britain)
  • Mohammed Rasul (Artz I)

Businesswoman of the Year

  • Farzana Rahman (Desi Doll Company)
  • Sadia Irfan (Ilmspired)
  • Nayer Khan Farrukh (Gemimas Diamond Jewellery)
  • Safiyyah Henderson (Atheleas Daughters Training Club)
  • Farrah Azam (Farrah Azam)

Financial Services Business of the Year

  • Wahed invest
  • Gateway Global LLP
  • Qardus Ltd
  • Niyah
  • Simply Ethical Financial Services

Real Estate Business of the Year

  • CPIC
  • Yielders
  • UneekHomes
  • Stroll Property Ltd
  • Qazi Investments

Community Business of the Year

  • Al Isharah
  • Pixeleyed Pictures
  • Ansar Finance Group
  • Grace & Poise Academy
  • Islamic GPS

Winners in two other categories will be awarded on the night, chosen by the judging panel and the Chairman of Islam Channel, respectively. These are: Lifetime Achievement in Business Award and Islam Channel Chairman Award – Business of the Year.

Notes for Editors:

About Islam Channel

Islam Channel has been broadcasting from London since 2004, showing a broad range of news, current affairs and entertainment programming. The majority of its programmes are produced in-house, creating original, informative content, and providing a platform for untapped, vibrant talent across the UK and around the world. Its programmes are all presented from an Islamic perspective but intended for both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences. It broadcasts in English to over 136 countries worldwide. In the UK it can be found on Sky 737, Virgin 838, Freeview 264 and watched online.

Press Enquiries

For further information on the awards categories, shortlisted businesses and the panel of judges visit islamchannelawards.co.uk

For press enquiries about Islam Channel or the Business Awards 2020, or to register for press bulletins or to attend the awards ceremony please email: press@islamchannel.tv

or contact:

Joanna Marsh

joanna@wavemediapartners.com

020 7631 0800

Issued 17th February 2020