SPONSORS

Meet our YAYAs’ partners and sponsors

 

OUR HEADLINE PARTNER and SPONSOR of the OVERALL YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Founded in 1841, York St John University has been at the forefront of Higher Education for over 175 years. We are proud of our heritage and proud to contribute to the history of York. Our city centre campus is where modern buildings meet Victorian architecture. It is a place to follow your passion and start your career.

We stand for equality, ambition and social justice and we know that education has the power to create a fairer world. We celebrate diversity and take pride in our dedication to providing equal opportunities for students from all backgrounds. Our unique Opportunity and Excellence scheme helps to break down the barriers to attending university. The difference this makes is clear, 60% of our students come from backgrounds underrepresented in UK Higher Education.*

We also demonstrate our commitment to equality through our sponsorship of the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers awards. We want to recognise the achievements of our young Asian population and inspire them to keep pushing boundaries, breaking down barriers and making a difference in the world.

The YAYA Awards Event offers an opportunity to celebrate the excellent accomplishments of all of it’s nominees.  York St John University is proud to be the key sponsor of, and positively associated with, the YAYA Awards.

*Higher Education Policy Institute analysis 2018

 

Individual Award Sponsors

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS & CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

At the National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, we explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives.

Our internationally significant collections in the fields of photography, film, television and sound are the foundation for our talented teams to create galleries, exhibitions and events that fuel the imagination and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and artistic creators. And Pictureville, our cinema which includes the region’s biggest IMAX screen, allows us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.

A visit to the museum will delight and surprise: Wonderlab is our fully interactive gallery which explores the scientific principles of light and sound, and recent temporary exhibitions have included In Pursuit of Perfection: The Yorkshire Photographic Union Competition and Above the Noise: 15 Stories from Bradford, both taking a closer look at fascinating aspects of our city and region through photography and multimedia.
This year we are exploring sound in two exhibitions, Sonic: Adventures in Audio and Boom: Experiments in Sound – the exhibitions are part of our Sound Season , exploring how sound fills our world, and how we can experiment and play with it.

The exhibitions, which are open until December, include fascinating interactive displays, objects and stories from the likes of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop (which created the Doctor Who soundtrack among many others).

We are delighted to be supporting the YAYA award for Achievement in Arts and Creative Industries for two key reasons. Firstly, we want to ensure our region’s creativity and culture is reflected and celebrated in the work we do – whether it is through exhibitions, making connections between our collection and people’s personal stories, or in this case sponsoring an award celebrating excellence. Secondly, we are committed to inspiring, supporting and encouraging young people with opportunities in the cultural sector. It is essential for the future of our creative industries that we nurture the thriving talent that exists in Yorkshire.

ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT

Back in 1979 Farzand Begum, mother of the Mumtaz Family, opened a tiny shop just four square metres in size, on Great Horton Road, in Bradford, with an emphasis on good, wholesome, homemade food. It quickly became famous for its authentic Kashmiri Cuisine. Little did she know then that from these humble beginnings was to grow a multi-national food operation that spans the globe, with prestigious restaurants in Bradford and Leeds.

All of this has achieved by keeping faithful to our Mother’s original recipes and continuing to use the finest ingredients in all of our produce. Farzand Begun, would have been proud to know that the seeds she planted all those years ago have grown to not only produce quality food but to also help others less fortunate then ourselves through the many charities we support worldwide.

Our mission is simple. We wish to delight our customers with the rare taste of authentic Indian cuisine and to excite them with rich, aromatic sauces and authentic flavours.

With family values at heart, we still use our grandmother’s original recipes to make honest Indian food. We create our hand-cooked ready meals using the finest quality fresh ingredients, using no additives or preservatives.

We are so passionate about our food, in-fact, that our goal is to become a household brand that is synonymous with restaurant quality food, at home.

This desire and commitment keeps us striving for perfection and in the creation of our range of premium chilled ready meals, we have found the perfect outlet for our passion for food. We hope that this passion can be seen, felt and more importantly, tasted, in everything we do at Mumtaz.

Mumtaz Restaurant stands proudly at the top of Bradford’s Great Horton Road, where the original Mumtaz shop was founded in 1979.

The modern interior, coupled with a cosy environment, provides the perfect setting to enjoy truly authentic Kashmiri Cuisine, whether it’s a relaxing family meal or a catch up with friends. The venue is well known for amazing food, great service and buzzing atmosphere. With a seating capacity of 500, the venue is a perfect location for large weddings, corporate events or special occasions.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH & HEALTHCARE

The University of York is delighted to be supporting the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Award for Achievement in Health, Mental Health and Healthcare. The University of York is the home of enquiring minds, inspiring teachers, pioneering researchers and committed professional services staff, all of whom are determined to make the world a better place. Our founding values of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, anchored by the highest academic standards, are as true today as they were when the University of York opened its doors.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy speaks to the core of our values and we are committed to creating a working, learning, social and living environment that will enable all our staff and students to achieve their potential, whilst they celebrate diverse cultures, knowledge and identities and are encouraged to make a positive contribution to the city, region and beyond.

We are committed to providing exceptional learning experiences that stay with our students for the rest of their lives, enabling them to flourish within and beyond their studies. Our well-established widening participation programmes provide an opportunity for learners from across the country, and particularly those from Yorkshire, to gain an insight into university study. We are continuously growing as a University community and offer a range of career development opportunities in research, teaching, professional and support services as well as inclusive campus facilities, services and networks to support staff and students from diverse backgrounds.

We have a range of activities that engage with the wider community in which we live, work and learn, and pride ourselves on forging local partnerships within York and local counties, working particularly closely with schools, colleges and communities. Our new campaign, York Unlimited, highlights our mission to improve lives, drawing together our global community of staff, students, alumni and the people and businesses of our city. The campaign supports the delivery of projects that enable brilliant minds to break barriers, overcome limitations and think differently to solve the challenges of the world today. With six priority areas, it is important that these include ‘enabling every student to shine’ and ‘transforming mental health’.

This provides a sense as to why the University of York is so delighted to work with the QED Foundation, to support the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Award and sponsor the Award for Achievement in Health, Mental Health and Healthcare.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN THE MEDIA

LOCALiQ is one of the UK’s fastest-growing digital marketing agencies. We combine our best-in-class marketing technology, the data insights this provides, with our huge audience reach. We can help our customers grow and take their business to the next level.

But what truly sets us apart is we know the local marketplace better than most as we have trusted local media brands already in the local area, including the Telegraph & Argus, in Bradford, The Press, in York, the Craven Herald, Ilkley Gazette and Keighley News, that provide an unparalleled route to market. With local offices in both York and Bradford we are local to you too.

Plus, as part of Newsquest Media Group, the UK’s leading local publisher, LOCALiQ gives you access to a network of 200+ news brands and publications, both in print and online, an award-winning events division, recruitment platforms and a wide range of multimedia marketing solutions. We know we have something right here for you.

We are also premier partners with the likes of Google, Bing and Facebook, to ensure we have direct access into these marketing platforms and the support to help your business grow.

Generating leads and return on investment on search engines is no easy feat. Put your trust (and investment) in a team who knows search engines, inside and out. Plus, with Facebook, which is so much more than a social media site, you benefit from our smart technology that works to manage your programs and get you leads more effectively.

Whether you are starting out and need a website, through to a business looking to grow year on year, build a brand or look to generate leads and enquiries, our solutions are best in class and come with your own performance dashboard so you can track how we do too.

LOCALiQ brings integrity, trust and expertise to digital along with the credibility of the trusted media brands and solutions that deliver results you can really measure. Get in touch to find out how we can help your business grow on 01274 705390.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION

Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877.

For the past 10 years we have been a trusted Home Office approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) provider, helping thousands of individuals on their UK visa journeys.

Trinity SELTs are approved for applications to UKVI for visas, UK visa renewal, British Citizenship, Settlement and Leave to Remain.

We provide a flexible and personalised way to take Home Office approved SELTs for UKVI at centres across the UK, 7 days a week.
When you choose the Trinity SELT test experience you have access to all our preparation resources and can enjoy the benefits of our efficient process with next day provisional results and a 7-day certificate delivery guarantee.

Trinity SELT are proud sponsors of the YAYA Achievement in Education category and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of everyone nominated.

To learn more about our SELT services, including a clear step-by-step guide on how our GESE and ISE exam experiences work, please visit our website: www.trinitycollege.co.uk/SELT

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

We’re thrilled to be supporting the YAYA Awards and celebrating our fantastic young people once again. Heartfelt congratulations from all of us at MyLahore to nominees, winners and all involved – we’re all about developing people and championing positive impact in our communities. Feel free to read on to find out a little more about us…

Founded in 2002, MyLahore is an iconic and award-winning restaurant and catering group. We love welcoming guests at our restaurants in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London Barking. We also do wedding, corporate and charity events/catering at the MyLahore Marquee Manchester, and at many other venues across the UK. Plus, there’s an exciting online chilled range of Celebration Cakes and Dessert Boxes, at-home Sharing Boxes, and a ready-to-grill Uncooked Range, all available for in-store collection and a limited selection for UK mainland delivery.

MyLahore is rooted in Yorkshire in a world of small kitchens yet huge hearts, where families tuck into everything from samosas to shepherd’s pie, and karahis to cornflake tarts. It’s a very British Asian story that just had to be shared!

We love to bring people together around great food and vibrant, fulfilling experiences. We’re inspired to build on the pioneering migrant spirit of those that journeyed before us, and pass on something positive to those that come after us.

Our menu is famously diverse, with something for everyone, and we just love offering up tastes of adventure as well as culinary strolls down memory lane. So in a hectic world, why not slow down and savour the moment with us, as we bring you flavours from a very colourful journey…

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SCHOOL OR COLLEGE

We’re proud to be sponsoring the Achievement in School or College category at the YAYA awards. They give much deserved recognition to the many incredible young people who attend schools or college and who are making outstanding efforts every day throughout the year. They are an inspiration to all of us, and these awards go some way to showing our appreciation for these young people and just how much they are valued by the their school, college and communities.

Bradford is a vibrant, dynamic and diverse district. We have a rich history and a bright future: over half a million people live here and we have roots all over the world. We are a big economy with globally successful businesses.

We are the youngest city in the UK, we have a growing population, and we’re ambitious for our young people. We want all our young people to be able to add to our skilled and enterprising workforce, sharing in inclusive growth and creating prosperity and opportunity for all.

So the YAYA awards, with their special focus on promoting socially-mobile young achievers who have overcome deprivation and disadvantage, or have broken through traditional barriers to progress, is something that we really support.

This is an exciting time to for This is a challenging time for education in our district. Our children and young people have had to endure huge disruption due to COVID but have shown tremendous determination and resilience to continue their studies throughout the pandemic. We are determined to do all we can to support them through it.

Our Opportunity Area status continues to provide funding that enables schools to boost the life chances of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. One of its projects to boost literacy, ‘Glasses for Classes’ has won praise from government and been rolled out to other areas of the country.

We want to congratulate everyone who has supported the awards and those who have been nominated. We all need to acknowledge the fantastic work that many young people do, not just those who have been nominated, on their journey to achievement. They are all winners, and the YAYA Awards help us celebrate this.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

With a population of over 790,000, Leeds is the third biggest city in the UK and it has a rich history of being a place of refuge to a diverse population with communities from 170 nationalities and many different faiths from around the world who contribute to the cultural, civic and economic success of our vibrant and modern city.

Our vision is for Leeds to be the best city in the UK: one that is compassionate and caring with a strong economy, which tackles poverty and reduces inequalities. We want Leeds to be a city that is distinctive, sustainable, ambitious, fun and creative for all, with a council that its residents can be proud of: the best council in the country!

Leeds City Council recognises the important and positive work that individuals, community groups and organisations do to make their local communities a better place and we celebrate these achievements annually, through our Compassionate City and Child Friendly Leeds award events.  We value the strength of our relationships with our Muslim friends in the city and the support we provide to the ambitions of the Leeds Young Muslim Forum of next generation leaders in the city.

The Yorkshire Young Asian Achievers Awards complements our work and as the regional capital for Yorkshire and Humber we are delighted to sponsor the event.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR

Over 155 years ago our founder, Thomas Barnardo, promised to support children in need of help – regardless of their background or circumstances.

Today we continue to keep that promise. In 2020-21 we supported over 382,000 children, young people, parents and carers, around one in four (25%) are from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background[1], across Barnardo’s 800 services. We change children’s lives and the system around them, for the better.

That’s why we’re proud to be supporting the Yorkshire Young Asian Awards tonight. These awards recognise the efforts of young people who have broken through barriers and gone on to thrive.

Barnardo’s runs services across Yorkshire, supporting hundreds of children and young people in the region who are experiencing challenges at home and at school. This includes families who are caring for a child with autism and have Urdu as their first language.

In Bradford alone, we deliver 11 different services, providing one to one support, advice and help to young people at risk of exploitation, families living in poverty, and children struggling with mental health problems and special educational needs and disabilities.

We’re also there for young people across Yorkshire more broadly, teaching key life skills and supporting them to access training, education and employment – and helping to reduce offending and anti-social behaviour.

Across the UK, children continue to face complex challenges, including a growing crisis in children’s mental health, rising numbers going into the care system, and an increase in serious youth violence. 155 years since we began, our work is more vital than ever.

Our ambitious 10-year Corporate Strategy is focused on achieving better outcomes for more children, through stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures. With the dedication and expertise of our 17,000 people and our partners in government, business and philanthropy, we will continue to bring care, love and hope to the children who need us most.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AS A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

The PAS Foundation charity was set up and supported by the Bradford-based QED Foundation to help alleviate poverty in some of the poorest corners of the world by helping young people into work.

Its main focus so far has been on Pakistan, where 70 per cent of the country’s 210 million people are under the age of 30 and 1.5 million new jobs are needed every year.

The charity has three main aims: to financially support young people from very poor families to earn their livelihoods, become less dependent on handouts and live with respect and dignity, with a particular focus on single mothers, orphans and ethnic minorities who suffer most; to develop the capacity of education and training establishments in Pakistan by helping them engage with their UK-based counterparts to provide nationally- and internationally-recognised vocational qualifications; and, thirdly, to encourage British Pakistanis to invest in training and improving the skills of their poorer relatives and friends.

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, founder and chief executive of QED, said: “Poor and unemployed young people are in danger of getting into drugs and can be targets for extremists.

“In the inter-connected world we live in they would often make hazardous journeys to reach western countries to escape their circumstances – but we want to help them earn their own livelihoods in their own countries.

“The PAS Foundation operates in partnership with reputable training providers in Pakistan and our work is already helping to enable young men and women to qualify as refrigeration and mobile phone technicians, electricians, plumbers and joiners, security guards and sewing machinists, to name but a few.

“We would like all communities to help us achieve our mission to help 10,000 young men and women and we hope this hike and barbecue will provide a way for people to support us and have some fun at the same time.”

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERCOMING LIFE OBSTACLES

Students at the University of Bradford benefit from – and are part of – teaching and research that harnesses technology for the good of society.

They learn from academic and industry experts who are shaping the future of their sectors in world-class facilities – we’ve invested millions of pounds in high-tech learning environments, such as our motion capture studio and our new School of Management facilities.

Our curriculum is designed with input from industry experts and partners, which means our students develop skills that are highly valued by employers – along with plenty of hands-on practical experience. Many of our courses have professional, statutory or regulatory body accreditation or approval, giving graduates the best possible start to their careers.

During their time with us our students can become the very best version of themselves. The University is a place where students can expand their mind and make lifelong friends; where they can grow, learn, experience. Where they can belong, and we support them every step of the way.

The Times and Sunday Times have named the University of Bradford as the UK’s University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2020. This prestigious national award recognises Bradford’s outstanding impact on social inclusion that ensures all students, irrespective of their background, are supported to achieve their potential and go on to achieve success.

With over 50 years of academic excellence behind us as a University, we continue to grow our international reputation, course provision, and research impact.

We have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects and modes of teaching, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, our students, and of society as a whole; our course provision and research strategy is designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.

Today our associations and networks span the globe; from strong links to leading local and national employers, to academic partner institutions, to the World Technology Universities Network, we are an outward facing institution committed to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge for the benefit of global society. We have an alumni community of more than 140,000 graduates in over 175 countries worldwide.

 

Other key sponsors and supporters

GCHQ is the nation’s intelligence, cyber and security agency. Our mission is simple: we use cutting edge technology, ingenuity and insight to keep the country safe, in the real world and online.

e help protect you, your family and your community from threats including terrorism, espionage, organised crime and cyber-attacks – taking action to make the UK more prosperous and resilient.

You won’t hear about everything we do. But you can trust us to do the right thing to make our country the safest place to live and do business online.

GCHQ is proud of its mission and its people and is committed to creating a working culture which encourages diversity and inclusivity. By building a richer mix of minds, backgrounds, cultures and experiences, we will better represent the country we protect and ensure our people can be themselves at their best.

At GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are mission critical. From extensive training and development that helps employees expand their skills, to flexible working patterns that support a healthy work-life balance, GCHQ seeks to create an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential. 

GCHQ is delighted to be supporting the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards and the work of the QED Foundation. We recognise the important work QED is doing to help disadvantaged communities in the Yorkshire region and, as a local employer, we are keen to support their work to recognise the achievements of Yorkshire’s young South Asian people, which have already been of huge benefit to their communities and beyond.

 

Souvenir Brochure sponsor

Founded in 2003 with an aim to provide effective, reliable internet solutions to schools and businesses, Exa Networks now supply thousands of establishments nationwide with award-winning services they can count on.

As an authentic Internet Service Provider, we run our own network. Therefore, we are able to ensure that every connection we supply is uncongested, and constantly delivers the speed we promise – rather than being a variable ‘upto’ service.

Bespoke Services

At Exa Networks, we understand that every business is different. That’s why we assess each business’s specific needs, their current situation and future plans, before we create an individual solution, with these in mind.

We offer a complete range of connectivity products – including Gigabit connectivity options such as our UltraFast DarkLight® technology, providing symmetrical upload and download speeds, and future-proof capacity. Perfect for a business’s increasing digital needs.

Award-winning Customer Service

From the moment you choose Exa Networks as your new ISP, our dedicated Customer Relationship Team will keep in touch, to check you are happy with your service and providing a quick overview on your bandwidth usage to ensure your connection is still the perfect fit for your needs (and that you never pay more than you need to).

Our in-house technical support team is available for extended business hours to assist with any of your needs, with unscripted, genuinely useful advice.

To learn how Exa Networks can help your establishment, speak to us today on 0345 145 1234 or email sales@exa.net.uk

 

Awards Dinner Food sponsor

We’re thrilled to be supporting the YAYA Awards and celebrating our fantastic young people once again. Heartfelt congratulations from all of us at MyLahore to nominees, winners and all involved – we’re all about developing people and championing positive impact in our communities. Feel free to read on to find out a little more about us…

Founded in 2002, MyLahore is an iconic and award-winning restaurant and catering group. We love welcoming guests at our restaurants in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London Barking. We also do wedding, corporate and charity events/catering at the MyLahore Marquee Manchester, and at many other venues across the UK. Plus, there’s an exciting online chilled range of Celebration Cakes and Dessert Boxes, at-home Sharing Boxes, and a ready-to-grill Uncooked Range, all available for in-store collection and a limited selection for UK mainland delivery.

MyLahore is rooted in Yorkshire in a world of small kitchens yet huge hearts, where families tuck into everything from samosas to shepherd’s pie, and karahis to cornflake tarts. It’s a very British Asian story that just had to be shared!

We love to bring people together around great food and vibrant, fulfilling experiences. We’re inspired to build on the pioneering migrant spirit of those that journeyed before us, and pass on something positive to those that come after us.

Our menu is famously diverse, with something for everyone, and we just love offering up tastes of adventure as well as culinary strolls down memory lane. So in a hectic world, why not slow down and savour the moment with us, as we bring you flavours from a very colourful journey…

 

Awards Dinner Venue sponsor

The hotel’s location near the major vibrant cities of West Yorkshire, Leeds and Bradford, makes it an ideal base for your event. Our hotel is one of the largest independent and purpose-built conference and banqueting venues in the north.

We pride ourselves on our big reputation for large scale conferences and exhibitions, annual general meetings, events, product launches and dinner dances. There are 17 conference and events rooms which can accommodate up to 800 delegates and can be configured for anything from a theatre-style meeting to a banquet.

All the main meeting rooms are fully air-conditioned, have natural daylight and access to modern break-out areas. The Cedar Court Hotel Leeds/ Bradford has 131 en-suite bedrooms and complimentary high speed wi-fi.

In addition, the hotel restaurant and bar serves menus that feature locally-sourced Yorkshire produce and our guests also get full access to the health club, which offers a pool, sauna, steam room and, for the more energetic, a fully equipped gym.

 

Awards Dinner menu sponsor

BITE burgers was launched in 2019 by Asif Haider and Nazia Ali. Their new fast food concept provides a very special burger experience.

Asif and Nazia spent almost a year not just devising the concept but experimenting to create a style and quality of burger unique to Bradford and the Yorkshire region. Their burger bar specialises only in beef burgers and is based on an American diner concept called a ‘smashed’ burger, where a fresh beef patty is literally ‘smashed’ down on to a hot grill to get a crust on one side and a caramelised flavour.

They researched and tested different cuts of beef and made their own unique blend which is produced only for them and to their exact specifications from Aberdeen Black Angus, dry aged for at least 21 days.

The venture is based in the former Rakkaposhi Coffee and Desserts café in Ebenezer Street, close to the Leisure Exchange, in Bradford.

 

Awards Dinner Table Wine sponsor

Part of the hugely successful Evo group, Banner is one of the leading sustainable and responsible workplace solutions providers in the UK.

Our story starts over 200 years ago when we were part of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and servicing the government bodies with all their stationery and print-related needs. We’ve evolved to go far beyond “traditional”, providing solutions for the wider workplace, covering cleaning and janitorial supplies through to furniture, printed goods, managed print services and technology.

Our customers are from the public, private and third sectors and include large corporate organisations, major high street banks, government and local authorities, charities and SMEs. See how we help our customers here

Using our own fleet of vehicles, we make over 18,000 deliveries across 100,000 product lines per day and hold over £50m worth of stock in 650,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Banner employs 650+ staff, with the majority based in Yorkshire in our Head Office and Distribution Centre just off the M62 near Wakefield our sales offices in Bradford.

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, we invest heavily each year to provide training for all our staff and have welcomed large numbers of apprentices into the Banner business over recent years. Our commitment to investment and office locations enables us to recruit the best people from all backgrounds and provide stable employment. Interested in joining? Visit us here

We are committed to an active and inclusive engagement with our local communities For example, the South Yorkshire flood appeal before Christmas really touched our hearts and resulted in our donation of much-needed cleaning supplies to the flood appeal. We also regularly donate to local schools, food banks and women’s refuge centres and are delighted to support The Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers awards

With Banner you can…