Kamal Basran, founder of the Authentic Food Company has been awarded a OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to business and charity. This is a great example of how the public process for Queen’s Honour nominations ensures that those operating outside of the public eye are recognised for their outstanding achievements.
Kamal has demonstrated exceptional qualities as an entrepreneur and also has a long history of supporting charitable causes both locally and nationally. From a loan of just £5,000 in 1985, the Authentic Food Company now employs 240 people and has a turnover of over £40 million.
Kamal said: “I am thrilled to be awarded an OBE as it is a great honour for me and of course the business. My enjoyment of the job and a determination not to fail were key motivators in its early success. I am proud of our achievements but also how our core family values and our passion and enthusiasm for charity work have become central to the culture of the business”.
Kamal is no stranger to awards, she also won Entrepreneur of the Year in the annual Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2011. Kamal was not the only food and drink leader in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. James Lambert, Chief Executive and Executive Chairman of Europe’s largest own-label ice cream business received an OBE for services to business in North Yorkshire.
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