By Rebecca Gray
THE Scottish Asian Business Awards are one of the highlights of the business calendar and this year's looks set to be bigger and better than ever.
More than 400 guests will be at the event on November 11 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, to see the country's leading figures pick up the awards on offer.
BBC News presenter and journalist Tasmin Lucia Khan will again host the ceremony.
She said: "I am delighted to have been invited back to Glasgow to celebrate Asian success in Scotland.
"The Asian Scottish community has displayed such entrepreneurial flair over the years and it is wonderful we are celebrating that. They are fiercely proud to be Scottish."
As well as presenting, Miss Khan will also be showcasing the latest in Asian fashion, when she is dressed by the event sponsor, Anjalis Boutique.
Anjalis Boutique has brought a whole new dimension to the Asian fashion scene in Scotland and its clothing ranges from traditional Asian bridal wear to modern casual wear.
Last year's event, which was attended by First Minister Alex Salmond, was dominated by a host of Glasgow firms and entrepreneurs.
Jeweller Summera Shaheen, owner of the Diamond Studio in the Argyll Arcade, was named Businesswoman Of The Year, while fashion chain Quiz Clothing won Business Of The Year.
The Businessman Of The Year was Imrand Khand, chief executive and co-founder of Picsel Technologies, while the Entrepreneur Of The Year was Glasgow-born Azeem Ibrahim.
The financial wizard is one of the wealthiest young people in Britain, making the Sunday Times Rich List at the age of just 31.
The Scottish Asian Business Awards have been celebrated annually since 2006 and such categories as Young Achiever of the Year, Franchise of the Year and Small Business of the Year are all included in next month's awards ceremony.
Nominations for this year's awards have closed and the shortlist will be announced at the end of this month.
For more information about the event see the website: www.theasianbusinessawards.info