Al Rayan Bank presents the British Muslim Awards 2016

04 February 2016

Last week, Al Rayan Bank presented the fourth annual British Muslim awards at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City. The awards, which recognise and celebrate the contributions that British Muslims have made to society over the past year, cover a range of fields including business, politics, art, charity and culture. This year’s awards were the most popular to date, attracting thousands of entries from across the UK. More than 400 guests gathered at the ceremony to see who the judges had chosen to receive the prestigious awards.

Commenting on the event, Keith Leach, Chief Commercial Officer, Al Rayan Bank, said, “The British Muslim Awards have become highlight of the calendar, and I was very impressed by the high calibre of entries this year. These awards are significant because they demonstrate the vibrant, creative, progressive and dynamic group that is the British Muslim community.”

Mr Leach delivered the keynote address at the British Muslim awards and presented an award, along with two other Al Rayan Bank senior executives.

  • Businessman of the Year: Tariq Sheikh (Tariq Halal Meats, London). Award given by Maisam Fazal, Head of Commercial Finance, Al Rayan Bank 
  • Businesswoman of the Year: Farzana Baduel (Curzon PR). Award given by Tim Sinclair, Senior Head of Marketing & Retail Sales, Al Rayan Bank
  • Outstanding Business of the Year, Seamark (Manchester). Award given by Keith Leach, Chief Commercial Officer, Al Rayan Bank

A consistent supporter of the British Muslim Awards, Al Rayan Bank is the UK’s only wholly Sharia compliant retail bank. With a national retail branch and agency network, as well as online, mobile and telephone banking services, the Bank serves more than 60,000 customers of all faith. Al Rayan Bank is dedicated to strong, faith-based ethics and great customer service, and in May 2015, it was named by Global Finance magazine as one of the best Islamic banks in the world, in its annual list of the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions.

Al Rayan Bank is an ethical bank. In December 2015 it was awarded the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its commitment to realising the potential of its employees. Just five months previously, the Bank was accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Bank has been recognised as an ethical alternative to conventional banks by the Move Your Money campaign, and Ethical Consumer magazine, which rated it in the top ten ethical current account providers.

As an independent UK bank, Al Rayan Bank is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority and is a member of Financial Services Compensation Scheme.


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