It was a night that everybody was waiting for. Yes, you got that right. We are talking about the covetous British Indian Awards 2017.

Acknowledging excellence in business and various other professional endeavours, the fifth annual edition of the Awards night saw the industrious and successful British Indian community rubbing shoulders with the industry elite.

The glitzy event, celebrating the achievements of the British Indian community, organised by Creative Oceanic was held at The Athena in Leicester on June 14.     

Best Entertainer, Professor Ustad Sital Singh Sitara MBE

Hosted by the eloquent Kamlesh Purohit, assistant editor at BBC Radio Leicester, the black tie event saw the 200-odd guests having a good time meeting and interacting with prosperous people from all walks of life.

Welcoming talented individuals and businessmen on stage, Purohit acknowledged their achievements, much to their delight, especially their inspiring and brilliant entrepreneurship and focus on quality and service.

The awardees are a true reflection of high standard as the winners are chosen based on a vote by the British public.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic, said: “We are honoured and delighted to have such great finalists and winners representing the British Indian community and enhancing its reputation nationally and internationally.

“These were the fifth annual British Indian Awards. They are a true reflection of British Indian talent in the country and we want to make sure that the hard work of those deserving professionals doesn’t go unnoticed.

“We were very happy to welcome the guests and celebrate with them. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!”

Oceanic Consulting is Britain’s largest ethnic consulting and promotions organisation. It holds various world class events throughout major cities across Scotland and England.

The awards supported the Well Foundation – a charity providing clean safe drinking water – which raised £500 at the glamorous event.

The full list of winners:

Best in Creative Industries
-Sunrise Radio (Bradford)
Best in Civil & Third Sector Services
-Councillor Manjula Sood MBE (Leicester)
Best in Science & Technology  -Dr Premila Nalini Webster (Oxford)
Rising Star Award -Jatin Patel (London)
Best in Medical  -Dr Gaggandeep Singh Alg (London)
Best in Media -Anjula Singh (London)
Best in Legal Services -Jas Kalsi (London)
Best in Education  -Avtar Singh Purewal OBE (Wetherby)
Best in Accounting -Sumit Agarwal (London)
Indian Spirit in the Community  -Jeevan Chagger (Birmingham)
Professional in Business -Dr Sameer Patel (London)
Best Charity/Community Initiative  -Guru Nanak Nam Ladies Jatha (Birmingham) 
Corporate Leaders  -Sue Kukadia (London)
Arts & Cultural Awareness  -BritAsia TV (Birmingham)
Best Entertainer -Professor Ustad Sital Singh Sitara MBE (London)
Best SME Business -Kapture 8 (Birmingham)
Family Business of the Year -HKS Holdings Ltd (Leicester)
Leaders in Finance -Kalpana Shah (London)
Best Indian Business in the UK -TJC (The Jewellery Channel) (London)
Young Achiever of the Year -Rubeena Kaur Mehat (Coventry)
Businesswoman of the Year -Barinder Hothi (Bracknell, Berkshire)
Businessman of the Year -Jojar Dhinsa (London)
Business of the Year -Wholesale LED Lights (Leicester)
UK Companies in India  -Fever Tree Drinks (PLC) (London)
Entrepreneur of the Year -Hema Patel (Leicester/London)