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Lalwani is Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr Kartar Lalwani, founder-managing director of Vitabiotics, won Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 GG2 award.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:28 IST
UK Bureau

At the 5th annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards function held in the Great Room of Grosvenor Hotel in London, Dr Kartar Lalwani, founder-Managing Director of Vitabiotics, a well-known vitamin supplement company, was adjudged the Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. Lalwani, who set up the company in 1971 was chosen for the prestigious award for "exceptional marketing skills and entrepreneurial flair".

Five products of his company are now the best selling supplements in the country. In all, it distributes 15 brands nationally and internationally, and five of these are Britain's best selling supplements. Last May, Lalwani's Vitabiotics was given The Queens Award, which is considered the most coveted commercial prize that might be awarded to UK businesses.

The GG2 dinner function to recognise and honour leadership and celebrate diversity in the multi-racial society was started by the Editor-in-Chief of Garavi Gujarat publications, Ramniklal Solanki, OBE, and it has now become an annual feature in the Asian circuit. It is supported by organisations and institutions, like Barclays, BT, Royal Navy, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Solanki said that the aim of GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards was to break down barriers, like mistrust and prejudice that prevent people from realising their ambitions and fulfilling their dreams.

Baroness Valerie Amos, Secretary of State for Department for International Development and the first Black woman in the cabinet, who was the chief guest at the function this year, was also chosen for the Hammer Award, the highest award given to an individual for breaking through the glass ceiling. The High Commissioner for India Ronen Sen presented the award to Baroness Amos.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:39 IST