A glittering ceremony saw people from across Bristol recognised for their achievements and contributions over the last year.
The MTM Awards are the biggest of their kind in the South West and aim to celebrate the essence of business and culture across the region’s diverse Black, Asian & minoritiy ethnic communities, as well as the individuals who go the extra mile in their field.
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This year’s event, held on Sunday, December 15 at Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, was attended by more than 500 guests and the theme was ‘bringing the world to our doorstep’. It saw more than 1,000 nominations flood in from across the country, and a record 13 nominees from around the globe.
Of these, 115 were shortlisted as finalists, plus 14 for a special recognition award.
MTM organisers said: “It’s only when you are involved with the Asian, black & ethnic minorities that you realise the challenges they face, the immense potential and talent they have that goes unnoticed.”
Among the Bristol winners, Babbasa CEO and founder Poku Osei won the Person of the Year award, cricket coach Masoor Khan the Young Achievers award, businessman and community leader Amjid Ali took home the Batook Pandya Lifetime Achievement Award. The Posthumous Award went to Joyce Stephenson, the late wife of civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson, and Vasuben Kathrecha.
Saying he was humbled to receive the award, Poku said: “I believe we all have a responsibility to lift people out of poverty.
“To that end, I feel privileged to be able to dedicate this phase of my life to such a cause.
“This is what I love to do, so to receive an award for what you love to makes it special.”
The full list of Bristol winners for 2019:
Food business category:
Restaurant Award: Transylvania Restaurant
Good Food takeaway Award: JDK Catering, Donna Pinnock
General business category:
Enterprise Business Award: 4SI Health Ltd
Business of the Year Award: Amshela Bristol
Art and entertainment category:
Music, Art & Culture Award: Michele Curtis
Media, Digital & Creative Award: Sunjay Singh
Fashion and beauty category:
Barbers & Men’s Stylists Awards: JH Barbers & Co.
Fashionista & Lifestyle Award: Piloxercise
Special Awards Category:
Young Achievers Award: Masoor Khan
Person of the Year Award: Poku Pipim Osei
Batook Pandya Lifetime Achievement Award: Amjid Ali
Special Recognition Awards:
Mojgan Khayatian and Manizhah Moores
Dilawer Singh Potiwal
Golden Agers –Gloria Morris
The awards raised money for this year’s chosen charity Dementia UK.
Main photo credit: MTM Awards