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Bradford Business Leader Nominated for Award

Farrah Qureshi, CEO of Global Diversity Practice (GDP)
Farrah Qureshi, CEO of Global Diversity Practice (GDP)

The CEO of a business which provides diversity training for a range of SMEs and other organisations has been nominated for a national award.

Farrah Qureshi, CEO of Global Diversity Practice (GDP) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards which will be announced next month. Farrah has bee nominated in the category of Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Bradford native founded GDP in her home in Nab Wood after agreeing an MBO with her previous employer Norman Broadbent. Farrah began her business with zero clients and no income but a passion to see her vision through.

Farrah said: “I started the business in 2009 when the recession was at its worst and at the same time I was facing serious health problems. On the surface it looked like just the wrong time to establish my business but I was determined to see it through. Fortunately my health improved and I could continue to focus on building the business.

Since then Farrah has built a global business with more than 70 clients based in 140 countries. Customers include Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola Enterprise, The London Stock Exchange, Aviva, World Bank, Dell, Microsoft, Santander, Unilever and Walmart. GDP also provided training and consultancy for the London 2012 Olympic Games which Farrah said was one of the business’ greatest achievements.

She said: “When I think of where we started, to be a part of the London Games was incredible. The team worked incredibly hard and we came such a long way in a short period of time.

“I’m incredibly honoured to be nominated in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. It’s a huge privilege as being an entrepreneur is such a unique journey for the individuals who decide to go down that route. If you are resilient you can achieve all that you want to do.”

Farrah has been working with NatWest since she started GDP.

She said: “I was determined to be loan and debt free as a business and NatWest understood this ambition. We doubled and trebled our turnover every year since we started. NatWest has been instrumental in helping me develop the business by introducing me to a network of contacts to help me deliver.”

Faisal Khan, NatWest Relationship Manager, said: “We are delighted for Farrah and her nomination in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. It’s a testament to her commitment and ambition to see GDP become a global business effecting change.”

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards will take place on May 10 at the Park Lane Hilton, London.