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“ The Most Successful Turk Awards” 3rd November 2013 - Hilton Park Lane


he Most Successful Turk Awards" is a ceremony organised by Business Network that aims recognising success, innovation and ethics across businesses and talented individuals within the UK. While many of the categories focus exclusively on members of the Turkish Community, Britons who have been supportive - both in the UK and in Turkey - are also recognised by their extraordinary work in their particular fields. This important annual event brings together business and political people which we hope will help increase the relationship between both nations and around the world. This year it will be on the 3rd November 2013 at HIlton Park Lane Hotel with marvellous dinner and of course a brilliant awards ceremony.

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Wayne Evans Director International Strategy TheCityUK

Mehmet Sait Uludag President of Business Network Ahmet Iplikci Senior Advisor to Turkish Prime Minister`s Office

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Awards Categories Best British Investor to Turkey The UK based British Company w ho has invested by opening branches/ offices in Turkey. Best Turkish Investor to the UK Turkey based Turkish Company who has invested by opening branches/ offices in the UK.


Most Successful Entrepreneur Innovative and creative Turkish individuals who have shown outstanding vision and leadership through their new product, services or technology.

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Most Successful Businesswoman Any Turkish Businesswomen who have made a major contribution to the development and success of their company. Most Successful Businessman Any Turkish Businessmen who have made a major contribution to the development and success of their company.

Most Successful Company Any Turkish owned company in the UK contributing to british economy and demonstrating outstanding financial returns, strong growth and market prominence in its sector. Most Supportive British Any British individual who supports Turks through his/her work and/or actions and values the relations between the United Kingdom and Turkey. Most Successful Professional Executive Any Turkish individual who is an executive, holding a high level position in a company in the UK.

Judges Special Award Individuals or Companies who are not considered under the categories above but who the judges wish to recognise for the outstanding contribution they have made to the Turkish – British Community.

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Founded in 1946, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs. In Turkey since 1982, Arup now has a team of around 250 qualified engineers and staff, being one of the largest engineering consulting firms there, delivering building, infrastructure and consulting projects including the Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Istanbul Kanyon retail complex.

BP provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and petrochemical products used to make everyday items. They find, develop and produce essential sources of energy. They turn these sources into products that people need everywhere. The world needs energy and this need is growing. This energy will be in many forms. It is, and will always be, vital for people and progress everywhere. BP expects to be held to high standards in what they do. They strive to be a safety leader in their industry, a world-class operator, a good corporate citizen and a great employer.

Founded almost 200 years ago. This British confectionery  company owned by  Mondelēz International  is the industry’s second-largest globally after  Mars, Incorporated. Cadbury was established in  Birmingham  by  John Cadbury  in 1824, who sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate. The management  has agreed to acquire a minimum 51% equity interest in Kent, Turkey’s leading sugar confectionery manufacturer, together with a majority equity interest in its distribution arm, Birlik, from the Tahincioglu family for a consideration of £67 million ($95 million) cash and assumed debt.

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Kahve Dünyası opened its first store in Eminonu in 2004, selling retail and wholesale coffee, now one of the major brand names in the sector thanks to its fast growth. Kahve Dünyası draws its strength from the demand and likes of its customers, and meets the consumers at many different points across Turkey. Kahve Dünyası offers many traditional and modern coffee varieties, especially Turkish coffee, to the enjoyment of its guests.Kahve Dünyası set out to create a place for guests to feel as cozy and relaxed as they feel at home and succeeded, considering it a mission to place the Turkish coffee culture to where it deserves in our country and in the world.

Built a £7million factory in Cardiff, creating 38 jobs. Major investment. Hdm Tubes Limited is an Active business incorporated in England & Wales on 30th May 2012. Their business activity is recorded as Manufacture Of Tubes, Pipes, Hollow Profiles And Related Fittings, Of Steel. Hdm Tubes Limited is run by 2 current members. 6 shareholders own the total shares within the company. It is not part of a group.

Özdilek brand maintains its emotional and sincere tie with customers in the framework of quality, customer oriented approach, continuing development and honesty towards the employees and customers. Özdilek’s philosophical is to provide “Unconditional Customer Satisfaction” at any time and under any condition. We work along with the principle of “If customer is available then we exist”. For the past 40 years Ozdilek has been part of that proud heritage. As a leading brand in towel production, based in Bursa and utilising state of the art production technology and unsurpassed quality standards, Ozdilek has now opened its first store in the UK.

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Mr Koyuncu’s experience of the security industry allowed him to see that there was room in the market for a professional training company. With this in mind, in 2006 Erdal Koyuncu founded Regalis Group, the first professional security and approved training company established by an entrepreneur of Turkish origin in the UK. Delivering a variety of programs, including the SIA (Security Industry Authority) and since 2008, has trained 750 people. At present he is studying for an MSc degree in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester. He is also the Founder (2009) of Youth Enlightenment Service (YES), a London based voluntary youth organisation which provides training for disadvantaged young people. His projects have been awarded by various organisations such as ESF (European Social Funding), the LDA (London Development Agency), Big Lottery and Buttle UK Trust. Erdal Koyuncu is not only a successful businessman: he plays a crucial role in integrating young people into society and tackling youth crime.

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Gokhan Bozkurt comes from a long line of fashion entrepreneurs in his family. Graduated from Istanbul University with a First Class degree in Economics, attended Westminster College, University of London to complete an MA in Fashion Marketing. After acting as top marketing, trend and design director for firms in UK and Germany, Gokhan identified an immense need for bespoke fashion consulting in London. He set up GB Fashion Ltd in 2010 and it became an instant success, which currently designs produces and markets clothing for the likes of H & M, Zara, Bershka, Next, Sainsbury’s, Pimkie, Penny’s, Debenhams, Monsoon and Beulah London to name but a few. GB Fashion generated revenue of £5million in the first year of operation in 2011. and tripled in 2012, with the addition of marketing and sourcing offices in Turkey, making GB Fashion one of the leading fashion companies in UK. Gokhan’s success gives a message to all entrepreneurs and even members of the minority community that hard work and flair for business in Britain will go a long way.

Muzaffer Çiçek was born in Trabzon in 1972.He grew up in Istanbul and graduated from Uludag University, Department of Economics. He is the owner of Haz Restaurants Group which has 4 branches located in London. The first restaurant opened in 2001, the Haz Restaurants are well reputed with the delicacies of Turkish cuisine they serve.


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Ayşen Zamanpur is the founder and CEO of Silk & Cashmere – the only brand in the world that specializes in crafting timeless treasures solely from these two precious fibers. Founded just over 20 years ago, the brand has since become the vastest cashmere collection boasted by a single brand. Through forming partnerships and strategic alliances with trusted manufacturers in Inner Mongolia, the motherland of these fibers, Silk & Cashmere  has been able to expand its global network to close to two hundred sales points in over 25 countries. Trusting in her team from the very beginning, Aysen Zamanpur defines “the world” as the brand’s current limits. Graduated at Robert College and studied Business Administration at Bogazici University. She was franchisee of an international brand with 7 stores in multiple shopping malls between 1988 and 1992. As the founder of the International Brand Silk & Cashmere, she has been its chairman and CEO since 1992. She is married and a mother of two, Ferhat and Yasemin.

Total Fashion Group and OMG Production are a consultancy & creative studio led by Nesley Nazari launched in 2008. Over the past twenty years she has played a key role in the brand positioning of Ville St.Cassien(co-founder), Le Silla, Huntergather, Tween, ZeynepTosun, Lug von Siga, Nian, DB Berdan, Janucha. In the last four years she has been bringing new talents from Turkey and launching them in UK. During the London Fashion Week she has created the Runway Collective giving the fashion industry professionals unique insight to a new wave of talent from Istanbul and a greater understanding of the fashion scene and design culture. Nesley also owns a production company that produces shoots for magazines such as GQ Turkey and Jocks&Nerds, Toni and Guy, Harrods Magazine. Nesley builds bridges through awareness between UK and Turkish brands via key editorials combining this with trade publications to support wholesale businesses in both countries.

Nilufer Danis is a successful businesswoman, Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) & garden designer specialising in private and large commercial projects such as domestic gardens, urban squares, housing developments, schools and parks. She won the gold medal and the Best Show Garden award in the low cost high impact gardens category at the Hampton Court Flower Show last year( first competition entry) . She has 6.5 years’ experience working as a self-employed landscape architect and garden designer nationwide and internationally. Her latest project is to design the first public park in Gibraltar, providing all aspects of landscape design services (master planning to detailing, hard and soft and consultancy) for Gibraltar’s government. The park opens to public in April 2014.Originally from Turkey, Nilufer moved to the UK in 2000, after completing her BS in Landscape Architecture. She continued her education, completing an MA at the University of Greenwich and Chartership.

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Pitacs Ltd, was founded by Levent Aci in London in 1989, supplying panel radiators produced in Turkey in the heating sector when it was first established. Later on, electric cables and special design radiators were added to their business portfolio. Now, Pitacs Ltd Milton Keynes has a building of 140.000 sqf and with its 50 workers it serves in the sector of wholesale and DIY. Prominent companies in the DIY sector, like B&Q, Wickes, Homebase and Travis Perkins can easily be cited to be among its customers. Additionally, it has a network of customers as a wholesaler and showroom holder. Apart from the UK, it has a network of distribution in almost every European city. As a company, they aim to take part in all sector-related international expositions and spread the word of their trademark and quality. Currently Pitacs Ltd maintains cable cutting and packing machines at their building in Milton Keynes. Moreover, they undertake the distribution of their products within their own means and with their own vehicles in and around London.

In 2004 Touker Suleyman found himself with a rundown shop on Jermyn Street, an inherited debt of £500,000 and a pile of old stock. After spending almost 30 years as a manufacturer for retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Suleyman and his brother Mustafa had decided to take the plunge into retailing. Buying Hawes & Curtis for £1, the plan was to build a rather worn and fading shirt shop into a luxury brand. To that end, he rolled out 12 shops in the following 18 months. There are now 24 Hawes & Curtis stores in the UK and one in Cologne, Germany. There is also a transactional web site that accounts for about 10% of the business. A Flagship store will be opened on Jermyn Street.Suleyman says that, four years on, Before the end of this year, they will launch three more stores in the UK and he hopes to build the brand to 75 in the next two years. The retailer is also eyeing franchise opportunities in Russia, India and the Far East, as well as a New York flagship.

In 1990, Ugur Yilmaz moved to UK to pursue his studies in Computer Science at Westminster University, with direct entry to second year studies. Ugur established his first company in 1995, specialised in import and export of computer parts. He diversified from the saturated market and established Intech Centre, a leading training, career services, examination and technology centre in London in 1999. Simultaneously, he setup USBEM, distributor of the world’s largest education group’s products in Turkey. He is currently the Founder and the Director of Intech Centre, USBEM and ICU English. Under Ugur’s leadership, over the last 14 years, Intech Centre and USBEM have grown rapidly to become leading providers in their markets serving over 40,000 customers a year jointly. In addition he is serving as the Company Secretary in Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI) and a Committee Member at the World Turkish Business Council Europe Region (DEIK-DTIK).

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Aytac Foods Limited is an international food company that was founded in 2000. The main objective of the company is to serve our community by introducing and supplying with our products ethnic markets all over the Europe. Our wide range of high quality items, backed by our friendly and reliable service ensures that everything we supply is the best of its kind. In order to meet the changing needs of our ever groving list of customers AYTAC FOODS LIMITED has considerably invested over the last four years. We have also significantly expanded our range of products and services. Our modern fleet of chilled and frozen delivery vehicles provide efficent, reliable, and regular deliveries throughout the UK.

Doğtaş within Doğanlar Grup operating in such sectors as Furniture, Energy, Health, Retail Trade is a company, Exporting over 92 stores in 65 countries; Operating almost 130 franchise and concept stores at selective districts and markets at home, reaching an area of 3000 m² on average; Included among the top 500 companies of Turkey, and rising to the 3rd rank in furniture export in its own sector. And acquiring the approval of its consumer and the public, which has been certified with numerous design, service, consumer and quality awards, and regenerating each year, the company is continuing to grow on its modern and distinguishing line.

Established in 2003 by two brothers Stonecrest Marble has become one of the largest manufacturers, importers and distributors of natural stone within the UK. The fact that Stonecrest Marble is a direct manufacturer of its own products allows it to provide 1st grade materials to its customers at unrivalled prices.With over 200,000m2 of various stock such as Marble, Limestone, Granite, Travertine and Mosaics.

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Asil tan was born in 1973 in Nazilli/Aydin. Have achieved BA (honours) in Business Administration from Anadolu University (Turkey- 1996), MSc degree in Money & Banking from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey- 2000), MBA degree from University of Wales, Cardiff School of Business (UK -2012) and he is currently conducting a PhD research in subject of “Internationalization Process and Strategies of Small and Medium Enterprises in Turkey” in Stellenbosch University. He started his professional career in Koc Finansal Hizmetler AS in 1999 as a loan expert, and joined the AKG group in 2006 as a E and South American Export Sales Executive. In 2008 he was seconded as head of UK operations to set up from scratch Çimstone. Since its launch in UK it has achieved a 35% average growth in sales and revenue each year, even through the rough recessional times. Currently serving over 300 B2B customers in the UK and Ireland from its fully-owned premises in Northampton and enjoys being rated 2nd in the Composite Quartz Surfaces Market in the UK. He is fluent in Spanish and French and married with one Son.


Olgun HESAPCI is 34 years old, married and have a 2 year old daughter. Graduated at Istanbul University, from the Faculty of Business Administration at the year of 2003. Has been working for the Barsan Group for 8 years, starting as Customer Representative, then Division Chief, Manager, finally being appointed to UK branch as Managing Director. Barsan Global Logistics is one of the top three logistics companies in Turkey and the only Turkish logistics company which has investments in USA, throughout Europe, China, Hong Kong and beyond. So, his aim is to make his company the number one logistics partner in this country for Turkey / UK traffic, while providing high quality service and caring for customer needs. He believes in teamwork to achieve corporate goals, and the successful executive is only a teamleader who achieve team focus whilst discovering individual`s precious attributes.His motto is “They succeeded, because they did not know it was impossible” .

Ragip BALCIOGLU Born in 1967 in Istanbul, he is an Industrial Engineer and completed his postgraduate studies (Executive MBA) in 1996. He joined Arçelik in Turkey in 1992, the third largest appliance manufacturer in Europe,as Purchasing Specialist in 1992 and then promoted to Divisional Manager (Trading) with Beko plc. in 1996 for the UK business. After various positions in Beko plc, including Director – Buying & Product and UK Sales Director, he became the Managing Director of Beko plc. for UK and Ireland businesses. Beko plc. manages Beko, Leisure, Flavel Blomberg and Grundig brands in the UK and Ireland markets with many accolade’s and awards. Beko is a leading appliance brand in the UK, in business for over 23 years, has achieved no 1 overall position in the UK market and has recently become the 2nd largest white goods brand of Western Europe, developing energy efficient electrical appliances that deliver exceptional value, quality and high levels of customer satisfaction.

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Main Course

Lamb rump, dauphinoise potato, honey roasted root vegetables, red currant jus Vegetable wellington with baby corn, baby courgettes, sweet potato & chive cream sauce (V)


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UKTI works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. With a customer commitment by providing a range of services, to a high standard and improve customer service. We also have a co-ordination role across government to establish a more systematic approach to relationships with companies which are the most economically significant investors and exporters. *Please visit for more information about UKTI.

Unitee (European Turkish Business Confederation) UNITEE is a confederation at the European level for entrepreneurs and professionals of Turkish descent whom we refer to as ‘New Europeans’. Founded by 52 business associations across 17 different European countries, UNITEE at present comprises more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and 2,000 professionals. *Please visit for more information about Unitee.

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