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 2020 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 recently rebranded 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 City Girls and Above the Noise: 15 Stories from Bradford, both taking a closer look at fascinating aspects of our city through photography and multimedia.

This year we will be exploring sound in two exhibitions – the first, opening in April, explores the technology that makes cultural life sound incredible; from shaping works by international music artists to inspiring the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (which created the Doctor Who soundtrack among many others). It will be complemented by an interactive family show opening in July, and visitors of all ages can get their hands on unique interactive displays which explore the science and sensations of sound.

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

The story of Kashmir Crown Bakeries is one of passion, ambition, hard work, strength of relationships and community.

KCB was one of the first Asian bakeries in the UK. From its base in Bradford, West Yorkshire, it has grown into an international brand with a multi-million-pound turnover and is the biggest business of its kind in Western Europe.

Its success is due in large part to the determination and ambition of Mohammed Saleem, a man from a humble background who had “high aspirations.”  At the age of 20, he arrived in the UK, in 1961, with only £5 in his pocket. Holding on to the dream to have his own business and with an investment of £55, he opened Kashmir Food Store, in Bradford.

His idea was to provide a connection with the homeland for the community in Bradford. For people from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh – mainly from the Indian subcontinent – Asian sweets were difficult to find in the late 1960s, especially for important festivals such as Eid and Diwali.

“Mohammed Saleem had a passion to provide what the people of his culture really wanted,” says Asim Saleem, the eldest of Mohammed’s six children, who is now the Managing Director of Kashmir Crown Bakeries.

Kashmir Crown Bakeries now distributes to more than 2,000 independent retailers in the UK and has a licensed distributor in the US.  KCB is based on passion, ambition and hard work but, more than that, its story is about the strength of growing relationships and community. Whether it is the community of customers or the network of suppliers, Kashmir Crown Bakeries has a philosophy of shared values and collaboration that is still its greatest strength.

 

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

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) approved for British Citizenship, Settlement and visa applications.

Trinity provides Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) across the UK. SELTs are taken by people who need to demonstrate their English language level for the purpose of obtaining British Citizenship, Settlement or a visa for work or study.

The SELTs Trinity offer are:

  • GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English – approved for British Citizenship, Settlement and visa applications.
  • A 6 minute (A1), 7 minute (A2), or 10 minute (B1) one-to-one speaking and listening test
  • ISE: Integrated Skills in English – approved for Entrepreneur, Student and Minister of Religion visa (B1-C1) applications
  • A contemporary four-skills qualification testing reading, writing, speaking and listening

For Trinity’s GESE exams, candidates receive provisional results on the same day and certificates are usually sent within 7 days. For Trinity’s ISE exams, results/certificates are usually sent within 21 days.

Trinity College London believes that effective communicative and performance skills are life enhancing, know no bounds and should be within reach of us all. We exist to promote and foster the best possible communicative and performance skills through assessment, content and training which is innovative, personal and authentic. As proud sponsors of the Achievement in Education category, we look forward to celebrating with everyone at the YAYA awards in April.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, FINANCE AND LAW

One of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, we are committed to providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

We give our clients a voice, support their ambitions and are committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

A multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices across 19 countries provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. It is a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every

matter, jurisdiction and market.

Our solutions are shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of our clients’ business goals, while our robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from a committed team of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges.

And recognizing the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, we have a unique mix of experienced, well-connected, lobbying and political capabilities in the US and Europe, supporting and advising clients globally.

We advise a diverse mix of clients, from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, start-up visionaries and sovereign nations.

And we place our clients at the centre of everything we do.

 

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 education in our district. We’re seeing improvements across many areas and we’re determined to build on this. We’ve also seen recent investment in the post-16 sector here with the opening of New College Bradford.

Our Opportunity Area status is also providing funding that enables schools to boost the life chances of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, learn from each other’s best practice as well as support greater parental involvement in education.

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 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 NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR

Over 150 years ago our founder, Thomas Barnardo, promised to support children in need of help – regardless of their circumstances, gender or ethnicity. Today we continue to keep that promise, supporting around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers every year, 20% of whom are Black or minority ethnic (BAME), through our 1000+ 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. We support hundreds of young carers – children who are looking after a sick relative. We support families who are caring for a child with autism and have Urdu as their first language. In Bradford alone, we deliver nine different services, providing one to one support, advice and help to young people at risk of exploitation, those facing mental health problems and children with special educational needs and disabilities. We’re also there for young people across Yorkshire, supporting them to access employment, education and 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. 153 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 around 8,000 staff, 20,000 volunteers and our partners in government, business and philanthropy, we will continue to bring care, love and hope to the children who need us most.

 

FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT IN TRADITIONALLY MALE WORK AREAS

A career in the Royal Air Force is like no other. From the speedy role progression to the unrivalled skills and training you receive; all whilst travelling around the world and making friends for life, it really is No Ordinary Job.  An apprenticeship in the RAF means you gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. After completing an RAF apprenticeship you will have a guaranteed job in your chosen role – and you will have been earning money whilst satisfying the government’s requirement to continue in education/training.

You can choose your apprenticeship from a wide range of RAF job roles, we have more than 20 different apprenticeship roles available, including everything from engineering and cyber to hospitality and catering.

You will start your RAF apprenticeship with training. The first is Phase 1 Military Training – a 10 week course which takes place at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This is your formal training which everyone has to complete. Throughout the training you will be provided with the necessary basic skills and service knowledge required to begin your military career.

Once you graduate and begin to wear the famous blue RAF uniform, you will begin Phase 2, or Trade Training, which is the start of your apprenticeship. This is where you learn the theory and skills of your trade. When your training is complete, you will begin your first posting on a main operating base and begin the practical part of your apprenticeship, learning by hands-on experience and proving your competence as a tradesperson.

From the very moment you start there’s a competitive salary of over £15,000, increasing to just over £20,000 once you finish all of your training. This continues to go up as you progress in rank throughout your career. With subsidised food and accommodation your money will go that extra mile for a new car, clothes or holiday.

We also provide free medical and dental care, six weeks’ paid leave, free gym memebership on base – and you could get the opportunity to represent the RAF at sport. There is further training and life-long learning throughout your career and the option to go on adventurous training exercises.

To find out more and start your RAF apprenticeship journey, visit the RAF Recruitment website.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR

At NatWest we believe it is vital to recognise the successes made by people in our communities which is why we are delighted to sponsor The Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards. We know that there is some fantastic work taking place across the county by young people and the awards are a fantastic way for highlight these achievements and hopefully inspire additional success stories in the year ahead.

NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, business banking needs. We help customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement.

Alongside a wide range of banking services, we offer businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support.

Need insight into a challenge? Introductions to ‘angel’ investors? Pitching to large tech companies looking to buy? We’re here, to help you from newbie through start-up to successful sale and exit. We believe in a truly collaborative approach

We know that sometimes you’re so focused on your business it can be difficult to keep an eye on the broader market factors affecting your success. Our role is to understand these wider issues and share what you need to know to achieve your ambitions. Our local presence throughout the UK means we can meet you face-to-face and provide a bespoke solution that’s tailored to you.

We offer a lot more than tailored financial products. Our sector specialists bring strategic input and valuable contacts to help you achieve your business ambitions.

As a bank we are always looking at ways we can improve our support for customers. We launched our Women in Business programme in 2003 and currently have more than 500 accredited Women in Business specialists working across the UK. 

We have recently signed the Investing In Women Code which has been backed by the Government following the publication for the Alison Rose Review in to Female Entrepreneurship. The code is a commitment to support female entrepreneurship in the UK by improving women’s access to the advice, resources and finance needed to build a business.

Additionally, we have launched a crowdfunding programme in partnership with Crowdfunder aimed specifically at supporting businesses led by women. The programme, dubbed Back Her Business, will allow women to prepare their ideas for new businesses and get them ready for crowdfunding.

 

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.

 

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

At present, MyLahore is an ever-growing chain and in a span of just over 16 years our brand is acknowledged by the community as a trend-setter and benchmarking one.

We pride ourselves of deviating from inherited patterns and canonical curry houses. We pioneered and introduced an idea of British Asian Kitchen which was overwhelmingly accepted and appreciated by the community, especially our youngsters. Our core values mean everything to us.

To briefly tell you our background and how we started our journey:
MyLahore became a reality in 2002 but its story began decades earlier…

As kids growing up in Yorkshire, we would tuck into everything from karahis to chicken burgers, lassis to lasagnas, and samosas to shepherd’s pie. It’s a uniquely British Asian story that we want to share with you; influenced by the pioneering spirit and humble nature of our parents and grandparents, who changed their lives when they moved to Britain from Pakistan. 

MyLahore has become one of the stalwart iconic brands arising from Bradford with branches in the city as well as Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.  Over the last 16-years, the business has grown from strength to strength without losing core values in the brand as well as their curries.

MyLahore opened its newest food site on Kirkstall Road, Leeds, on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Reaching TripAdvisor’s Top 5 recommended, the shiny new restaurant, with room for over 150 guests and a private dining area for 100 people, upgrades and reinstates MyLahore’s much-loved presence in Leeds from it’s former Burley Road site.

And if the raving reviews are anything to go by, MyLahore’s expansion in Leeds as a top quality halal eatery is one that’s been much-needed and has been ecstatically welcomed since it opened its original site in Leeds over five years ago.

 

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

Founded 146 years ago, Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest established providers of health care cash plans to individuals and businesses. Cash plans give policyholders money back towards a wide range of everyday health care, such as dental and optical costs, prescriptions, physiotherapy and much more.

Sovereign Health Care was originally founded as a hospital fund – a scheme introduced during the Victorian era, long before the NHS, to help people afford to access health care. Today, Sovereign still stands by the original principle of a hospital fund – to support people when they need to access health care. In fact, supporting people is at the heart of everything it does.

Sovereign has no shareholders and any surplus the company makes is made available to reinvest into the business or donate to community and charitable causes through its Community Programme.

The business is prudently managed and, subject to having sufficient capital funds available, Sovereign actively chooses to donate 5% to 10% of its annual premium income to causes across West Yorkshire that support health and wellbeing. In the last 12 years alone, the company has given more than £7.9 million through its Community Programme to help improve lives across the region. 

Sovereign is a proud supporter of the NHS, donating over £1.7 million to the NHS over the past 12 years. This includes £500,000 to Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) for the Sovereign Lecture Theatre and a further £200,000 towards purchasing its Da Vinci surgical robot to advance the treatment of prostate cancer.

 

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…

 

Awards Dinner Reception Drinks Sponsor

 

YAYAs Supporters & Donors

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (left) with West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police are jointly supporting the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards.

Mark Burns-Williamson is the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire. Accountable for policing and community safety across the county, Mark’s vision is to make sure all of our communities are safe and feel safe.

Mark is supported by a team of staff in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), helping him to deliver his vision and to meet the priorities in his Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Plan sets the outcomes, and priorities that will drive the work of the OPCC, West Yorkshire Police and partnership working over the next 5 years. The heart of the Plan is working together in partnership to make a better West Yorkshire for everyone.

To find out more about Mark’s work visit his website (link below) or contact the OPCC via email contact@westyorkshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or telephone 01924 294000.

West Yorkshire Police serve about 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Policing is delivered from 5 separate police districts, providing most of the day-to-day policing services performed through the county. There are also teams of specialist police and support staff personnel based at headquarters and at various other locations around the Force.

The majority of police officers are engaged in operational duties that contribute towards the community safety for the people of West Yorkshire.

Are you interested in a future career with your local Force? Check out our recruitment website (link below) where you can find out what it’s like working with us, what opportunities we have available, how to volunteer and how you can apply to join us.

Apart from police officers, we also advertise other police roles – such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Special Constables (who volunteer their time) and general volunteering opportunities too, as well as police staff jobs. Some of our officers have recorded short YouTube videos about their roles, and what the job involves, which can be seen on our website.

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.

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

Asif, 26, and Nazia, 34, 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.