Birmingham has triumphed at the Lloyds TSB Central Asian Jewel Awards after seeing a record four nominees crowned winners in the central region finals.
They beat off stiff competition from Wolverhampton, Coventry and West Bromwich to clinch four out of seven categories.
The winners for the seven categories were: Business and Commerce, textile businessman Pawan Kenth from Birmingham; Health and Education, vitamin producer Dr Ahmed Hassam from Birmingham; Media, Arts and Sports, BBC journalist Rajesh Mirchandani from Birmingham; Lifetime Achievement, property entrepreneur Paul Bassi from Birmingham; Professional Excellence, small business expert Professor Monder Ram from Leicester; Entrepreneur, knitwear businessman Abdul Sattar Omar from Leicester; and Public Sector, business leader Jiva Odedra from Leicester.
The Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards, now in their third year, recognise inspirational high achievers from the region's Asian communities.
Mr Kenth joined his family's textile business when he left school at 15.
However, he quickly realised that the market was changing and the business could not compete with the influx of low cost goods from overseas. He realised something had to be done to save the family business, as well as its employees' jobs and set about researching the market place.
Within three years he had established CorporateWear UK, which provides a one-stop shop for the supply, design and manufacture of corporate work wear, safety wear and equipment across all types of industry and commerce. Clients include British Airways, Birmingham City Council, NEC Group and Tarmac.
Dr Hassam set up Quest Vitamins in 1983, which employs 75 people. It has a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant and quality control laboratory producing a wide range of nutritional supplements.
Mr Mirchandani has worked in the media for more than ten years, covering a variety of areas including news, music and culture. He has made a number of TV and radio programmes around Asian issues including the groundbreaking Caf> 21 debate show for Asian youth.
Mr Bassi was born in Birmingham but grew up in Hayes in Middlesex.
He later returned to Birmingham to study business studies and after graduating in 1983 he jointly founded Bond Wolfe, which has since grown to become one of the largest property investment companies in Birmingham and the Black Country.