Bit About Me...
A multi-award winning entrepreneur, angel investor and organisational growth expert who has helped establish and scale several hundred businesses globally.
What I've Achieved
Ammar was appointed a CBE in 2014 for outstanding services to Business and the Community, and has been consistently recognised across the UK for his tireless efforts in supporting and promoting trade and industry, including British Asian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, Maserati top 100 Entrepreneur, Williams and Glyn top 50, Institute of Directors Special Judges Award, and British Community Honours Award to name but a few.
Other roles held by Ammar include Honorary Colonel 101 Regiment RA, immediate past Chair of the Institute of Directors North East North, Member and Northern Representative on the All Party Parliamentary Group for BAME Business, Private Sector Representative on European Structural Funds Advisory Board, Patron of Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Charity, Founder of the SME Centre of Excellence which helps SMEs start, survive and thrive, and he hosts his own radio show on Spice FM.
Who Am I?
Self motivated and resourceful with a disciplined approach, able to prioritise and organise own workloads and manage projects, people and budgets. A well presented multi-award winning influential communicator with excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills. He has the ability to work under intense pressure keeping overall objectives, strategies and time constraints in mind, whilst continuing to motivate and support others and being totally customer focused.
With one of the largest most influential networks in the North East keen to make an impact for everyone, with the ability to genuinely help businesses in all aspects. If you have a problem he can fix it, and if he can't he knows someone who can. Ammar has now helped establish in excess of 400 new businesses, as well as helping as many existing ones. A serial entrepreneur with experience and expertise across a broad range of industries.
Ammar is Chair of the Business Growth Board and SME representative on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Main Board, Founder and Chairman of not for profit social enterprise Asian Business Connexions (ABC) , Executive Chair of SME Centre Of Excellence and President of the Federation of Asian Business alongside being a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM), Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE) and Royal Society of Arts(FRSA).
He has a particular interest in enterprise education as ex-Chair of Governors of a Primary School, current Chair of the Progression Forum and a past David Goldman visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University. Ammar launched the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project Charity in 2013, the first of its kind within the UK to deliver enterprise vocational qualifications to primary age pupils.