KQF Shortlisted for E3 Business Awards

June 11, 2014 at 8:47 am
KQF - shortlisted for the E3 Business of the Year Award 2014.

KQF – shortlisted for the E3 Business of the Year Award 2014.

On 5th June, KQF was announced as a finalist in the 2014 E3 Business Awards. It was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ category.

The E3 Business Awards were established in 2013 by 1 Events Media  to recognise the contributions that businesses, social enterprises and individual entrepreneurs make to local communities and the wider regional economy. They are open to organisations and individuals across the North West and the finals will be held on 18th September at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

The Business of the Year Award is designed to celebrate outstanding success in terms of growth, ambition and quality of management.  It is awarded to the company that, in the opinion of the judges, has delivered on a compelling business strategy to outperform its peers, to build its profits and to create new jobs.

“This is a great accolade for KQF,” said managing director Faruk Vali. “To have achieved this shortlisting, we have had to compete with nominees from across the whole region, from Cumbria to Cheshire, so we’re extremely proud to have been named as a finalist. It’s great to win recognition for all the hard work that the team has put in and now, we’re really looking forward to the awards evening itself.”

Mubarak Chati, managing director of 1 Events Media, which hosts the Awards, said: “We received over two hundred entries this year from across the North West and the quality of the nominations has been outstanding. The Nominations Committee had an extremely challenging time selecting the four finalists. Well done!”

In selecting KQF as one of the four shortlisted nominees, judges took particular note of its success in achieving important industry accreditations, such as the BRC standard for quality in food, and for its success in developing new markets and new products, such as its KQF Premium and KQF Classic ranges of halal convenience foods.

The company has almost doubled its turnover in the last 12 months as a result of organic growth, diversification and an ambitious export strategy.  It has created 12 new jobs over the same period.