It’s only when you involve with the Asian, Black & Ethnic Minorities that you realise the challenges they face, the immense potential and talent that goes unnoticed.
The concept for the MTM Awards arose when Mast The Magazine found the need an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the South West.
If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to oﬀer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration.
More about Us..
Who Are We
MTM Awards is a leading player in promoting and honouring diverse business and community groups. We are renowned for pushing boundaries, inspiring communities and small and medium-sized businesses and nominees an extraordinary experience of a lifetime to showcase their excellence & achievements in business and community work at a world-class Glittering Gala Award Evening.
Now in its ninth season and building on the success of MTM 2019 Awards, we are delighted to be able to continue to offer our stand-out glittering gala awards night for 2020, celebrating the essence of business and culture across our rich diverse ethnic minority communities.
The awards are handed out to winners by our celebrity guests, some of whom have attended the presentation evening since inception in 2012. This clearly speaks of the consistency of these prestigious awards as the leading award ceremony in the South West and are now one of the UK’s biggest and most sought-after prestigious black tie award ceremony that celebrates the excellence and achievements of Asian, Black & Ethnic Communities.
Our Special Recognition are awarded to businesses and communities other than the Asian, Black & Ethnic that work closely with these communities.
The Concept 2012
The MTM South West Asian Awards were launched in August 2012 to celebrate the excellence and achievements of Asians in the region. This was the first time the Asians from the sub-continent in the South West were recognised for their business, community contribution and personal achievements in the entire fifty five years since the first Asians settled in the region.
There was an award event in Bristol then, though none of these ceremonies recognised people from the Indian sub-continent. The inaugural MTM South West Asian Awards were held in December 2012 with Mayor George Ferguson as chief guest, Mayor Ferguson had just been elected as the 1st elected Mayor of Bristol. Oh,What A Night it was, attended by one of the biggest gathering of Asians across the West and beyond.
They were twenty-three awards spread over six categories ranging from business to community. As is in Asian tradition, no event is complete without some good Bollywood swing and that night had it all.
Batook Pandya MBE (Late) was awarded the MTM Lifetime Achievement Award 2012.
In 2014 the awards experienced a complete make- over and became more inclusive. MTM Awards opened its doors and welcomed to other ethnic communities to the family, as expected the response was unbelievable, not only did we have the Bristol Somalian and Afro-Caribbean communities participate, the Bristol Romanian community led by the Romanian Consulate in Bristol Razvan Constantinescu came on board and since, we have enjoyed excellent participation across more diverse communities including the Philippino, Chinese, Timorese, Thai, Mauritian, Brazilian, South Indian, Ukranian, Indian Goan community, Arab and Middle-Eastern communites and communities across the African continent including those from Islands off the East African Coast, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar. This was the new look MTM Awards with Junior Sheikh steping in as director and event organiser.
The event moved to the prestigious Bristol Marriott Hotel city centre where since the award ceremony has been held annually on the last Sunday before Christmas.
Since opening our doors to all ethnic communities, each season as we are unrivalled in that we receive a remarkable number of nominations for the awards, from big and small businesses, community organisations and people across the board in the South West.
National and international Awards 2016
In 2016 the awards introduced a National Award for Excellence & Achievements for participants across the country and in the same year, we introduced an International Special Recognition Award, now known as the MTM International Award For Excellence & Achievement, specially created to give a voice to the organisations in countries that are going through economic hardships, lack of support for People Living With Difficulties, Domestic and Drug abuse, FGM and much more that these organisations strive to create awareness of and assist with the minimal resources that they have.
Through our platforms many of these organisations have managed to voice their plight and we are happy to say that some cities in these countries are beginning to listen.
One shining example of the benefit of this award is Ms Ramla Said Omar from Mombasa County Kenya, who picked up the Intertantional Special Recognition Award in 2016 and went on to win a seat in the County Assembly and has since implemented a number of projects for PWDs(People With Difficulties) in her region.
The introduction of this category has also placed the awards on both a national and international awards map. Since then we have seen an increase in both national and international nominees all vying for this prestigious award. 2019 saw international nominees from Africa, India and the Middle East and Nationally a big welcome to the Coventry Ukrainian community for coming on board.
The Founders Award 2019
Season 8 saw the introduction of the Founder’s Award.
Glittering Gala Award Evening
MTM Awards provide a perfect setting for networking in a uniquely cultural environment in the heart of Bristol. The evening promises a star-studded line up of entertainment, exquisite dining and celebrity guests, all present to raise the profile of the event to a global audience. The award evening is held in the Bristol Suite of the Bristol Marriott hotel, city centre.
This has been the home of the MTM Awards since 2014. The venue is transformed into a glittering gala award evening with a Red Carpet welcome drink,exquisite dining and diverse entertainment, the only awards ceremony of this type in the South West welcoming a multitude of diverse regional, national, international and guests on our doorstep. Attended by business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives, the MTM Glittering Gala Awards Evening ceremony offers you a unique opportunity to network, exchange ideas and celebrate with some of the finest in the region and beyond.
Nominations and Voting
MTM Awards have maintained and online nominations and voting process since inception in 2012. The 2020 nominations launch will be announced soon. Nominations are free and open to all through our online nomination process.
Keeping an open online nomination and voting system makes the process simple. Our online voting is in the thousands and each voter is able to receive regular updates through online links, social media posts and emails.The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
If you are a shortlisted Finalist for an award you are expected to attend the event.
In 2017 the awards saw an increase in nominations thanks to MTM Ambassadors across the region and parts of the UK. The ambassadors visit businesses and organisations that are not digital conscious and introduce these outlets to the awards, and its benefits for business and the community. This has boosted nominations and brought on board newer brands. The ambassadors have played a great role in opening new avenues in the smallest of towns in the region.
Become an MTM Awards partner and receive imminent exposure.
Our partnesrship is unique as partnering with MTM Awards offers the biggest and best opportunity to showcase your brand and product. Not only will you have exposure to the multitude of nominees, voters and guests, but you will also be seen by our everyday followers on our social media platform and website, business executives and community organisations throughout the season.
MTM provides sponsors with the opportunity to engage with thriving business cultures, spanning International waters, as well as those on our doorstep. Having your brand associated with the group will enhance your already renowned brand with the thousands who participate in the awards, opening new avenues for your product.
Our partnership is exclusive to each sponsor who has an opportunity to network and connect with the business elite at our pre-event networking evenings, nominations blogs and at the award evening.
We pride ourselves as most of our partners have been partnering the awards for over three years, every season we welcome a new partner aboard our journey of recognising the many that have been on the sidelines though have excelled in their respective fields.
We are a unique award ceremony that will put you and your company in front of potential clients and key influencers in business and community. Special Recognition awards given to those other than the Asian, Black and Ethnic Minorities but work closely with these communities.
All the awards across the six categories are available for sponsorship. The categories have been carefully crafted based on our thriving Asian, Black and Ethnic businesses and also extended to our stand-out citizens…
Causes & Charities
Our Chosen Charity of the Year 2019 is Dementia UK
Every year we support a cause by creating awareness and propagating the need to support these causes. Since the inaugural MTM Awards in 2012 where we highlighted Help For Heroes cause to the most recent in 2017 where we not only supported the Save Our Elephants Cause, our team organised 239 kilometres Great London to Bristol Ivory Belongs To Elephants Walk to create awareness of the plight of the African elephant due to the continued poaching in Africa. In 2018 we supported Prostate Cancer UK and our chosen charity for MTM Awards 2019 was Dementia UK, we create awareness both conditions are affecting many in the United Kingdom and across international waters.
We are set to be a world-class awards ceremony celebrated by multitude of diverse local, regional, national and communites across international waters.
Don’t miss out on this must-attend event of the year!
Our Brand Ambassadors are:
- People that are well placed in business & communities
- They help to build awareness and sponsorship opportunities.
- They help spread the word and engage with the award’s vision.
- They advocate the MTM Awards and spearhead or vision.
- They encourage & enhance the BAME communities through recognition and self-
- They are our role models across the country spreading our message of; celebrating the excellence & achievements of the Asian, Black & Ethnic communities.
The choice of MTM Ambassadors is competitive as we grow.
This coveted title is open to past MTM Award Winners & embodies the crème de la crème who support, engage & create awareness of the MTM Awards in their regions.
“As a past winner of the MTM Awards, I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as an Ambassador for this year`s event. This is three in a row and I am humbled to be entrusted with this role. As a role model for many young persons I those in business and community work plus all companies, community groups and or organisations regardless of size or years of experience, to register for the 2019 MTM Awards,” Georgia Holmes, Best Model Award Winner 2014.
I have been a part of the MTM Awards now for over 4 years when I was nominated and won the Best Model award back in 2014. Since then, I have seen the achievements of the ethnic and black minorities in the South West of England progress.
It is great to see achievers from all ages across the board and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the MTM Awards and supporting this prestigious event every year.
“As a past winner of the MTM Awards, I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as Brand Ambassador for this year`s event. This is three in a row and I am humbled to be entrusted with this role. As a role model for many young persons, I ask those in business, community groups and or organisations and individuals aspiring to inspire to register for the 2018 MTM Awards”,
Georgia Holmes, MTM Best Model Award Winner 2014. #yemimrswiltshire.
“For me personally, the only way I can describe the #MTMs, Labels are for products, not people. MTM treats everybody as an equal. It also boosts confidence in people as well, as well as networking and raising awareness for charity causes. But mainly because no matter whom you are, or where you’re from you are treated like family”. Nigel Barrett.
Plymouth based Nigel of Hawkeye photography is the chief photographer for the MTM Awards.
Karam’s first involvement with the awards was in 2014 as a photographer. He has been key to connect communities in the West Midlands and West London areas with three walking away with the prestigious National Award For Excellence. He is a member of Lions Mercia and East African Asian community organisation.
Karam Bharij has been installed as President of the Mercia Lions of Coventry 2019-2020.
“As I entered the Bristol Marriott Hotel city centre, the energy in the lobby hit me. They often say your energy introduces you before you speak. Well, this is it, I said to myself, buzzing, empowering & diverse. People across communities gathered, shared and networked, it was like the release of a world premiere. Let me say that again, so it sinks in, it was empowering & world-class. The evening created a community spirit; one that bonded each and every one of us in the room. I can’t wait for more events like this that connect me to a community that is looking to rise together” Sayidali is a winner on an MTM Special Recognition Award.
Esam is a community activist. Since arriving in Bristol Esam had worked to bring integration amongst communities. He has put the South West Kurdish community on the map in Bristol with regular events.
Bibi Paramjit Kaur
Paramjit was the first woman president in the history of the South West Sikh temples and one of the very few in the UK. She was nominated for an MTM Empowering Women Award in 2016 and was honoured with the award. In 2017 she was appointed Brand Ambassador, connecting communities, especially our Sikh community with the awards team. Bibi Paramjit Kaur is Winner of the MTM Empowering Women Award 2016. “I urge more people to come out and participate in the awards and they signify our excellence and good work.”
Shahedur works as a litigation solicitor for one of the large firms in Bristol and is eager to be joining the MTM team as a brand ambassador. Before becoming a devoted father of two, Shahedur had spent years as a volunteer DJ with community radio in Gloucester (Gloucester FM) and Bristol (Radio Ramadhan Bristol) where he truly learned about the strength and value of community. Shahedur balances his time with his family, his work as a solicitor and training as an OCR/Ninja warrior athlete.
Shahedur is a firm believer in diversity and inclusion and believes that everyone regardless of their race, colour or creed deserves recognition and the MTM Awards is the platform to do so.
Chair of the panel
Chair Panel of Judges- Allan P.
“As an educator, I have been associated with MTM and the awards event from the start. Initially, I presented the Young Achievers Award but my role has evolved to be part of the panel that oversees the award winners following voting.”
Allan is a gentleman to work with. From inception in 2012, Allan has given the awards this time on a voluntary basis.