Curry king is crowned top businessman

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A BEARSDEN entrepreneur was delighted to receive the prestigious Scottish Asian Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 recently.

Bhopinder Purewal (61) opened his first restaurant in 1982 in Bearsden.

After five successful years he sold it for £300,000 and went on to open Scotland’s first contemporary Indian restaurant in 1987. After selling this for a million pounds in 1991 he went on to project manage the ‘Creme de la Creme’, Europe’s largest Indian restaurant, to which he sold in the year 2000 for £2 million.

He currently has investments in private property firm ‘Samson Holdings’, ‘Purewal Properties’ and ‘Cosmopolitan Hotels’ and his businesses generate a turnover of more than £6.5 million. Furthermore, he also contributes to various charitable causes in India, notably in his home village of Shankar, where he was the local ‘Sarpench’ Councillor.

Bhopinder said: “I felt a great sense of honour and pride when the First Minister for Scotland, Mr Alex Salmond, presented me with this prestigious award.

My wife, Jasminder, and I opened Bearsden’s first Indian restaurant, The Amritsar, in Kirk Road in 1983 and then introduced The Cafe India at Charing Cross and The Crème de la Crème to Glasgow. We now own Cosmopolitan Hotels which include The Normandy Hotel in Renfrew and The Erskine Bridge Hotel in Erskine.

“We are greatly honoured to be awarded such recognition by the elite of Scottish Asian Business and would like to thank all our employees, both past and present, who have made this achievement possible.”

Bhopinder was one of over 500 people who attended the fifth annual Scottish Asian Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on November 24.

The awards helped raise £5,136 for their official charity partner Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, bringing the total raised over the last five years to £19 394.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “These awards recognise innovation and achievement amongst our leading Asian business men and women.

“Our Asian communities make a huge contribution to Scottish society both culturally and economically, and these awards honour Asians across the country who are succeeding in these challenging economic times.

“I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their achievements and thank them for their continuing contribution to Scotland’s economy and future success.”