Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF) is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural annual awards ceremony to reward business excellence and Qatari partnering in the British community, at a dinner in the British Embassy residence Gardens on Monday evening.  The event was held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar, Nicholas Hopton.

Her Royal Highness, who is spent the week in Doha with global blindness prevention charity Orbis UK, presented the awards to the winners of the various categories.

The awards are part of ongoing events and activities to promote business opportunities in Qatar and in particular on how to encourage trade between the two countries. QBBF aim to help nurture local economic diversification as part of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

The winners of the QBBF awards were as follows:

  • QBBF Business man of the year – Anthony Podmore, Serco
  • QBBF Business woman of the year – Ali Longmate, Ali Fit Club
  • QBBF Organisation of the year – Lulu Group International
  • QBBF Start up Business of the year – Apton Partitioning
  • Work in the Community – Houssam Weiss, Etihad Airways
  • Qatari Partner of the year – Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al Thani, Pro Partnership

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In addition, special recognition awards were presented to:

  • Dr Steffan Sommer, Doha College
  • Amanda Owles, Pro Tem
  • Naveed Iqbal, Pheonix School
  • Mohamed Althaf, Lulu

His Excellency Nicholas Hopton commented:

The work of the QBBF is important to the British community in Qatar and far more widely too. This award ceremony is a positive initiative and I commend the achievements of its members and Qatari partners.’

QBBF Chairman and CEO of the Rumaillah Group, Emad Turkman MBE said:

Each of the winners tonight have performed extraordinarily in the business community in Qatar and are well-deserving of these awards. They exemplify the values we have as an organisation in terms of high business entrepreneurship and commitment to their community.’

Members of the organisation, which works closely with the UK Trade & Investment office at the British Embassy, nominated QBBF Individual and Corporate peers for awards in six categories.

For more information, visit the QBBF website.

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