Sun Mark held its annual Celebration Dinner in Dubai during the Gulfood exhibition at the lavish Shangri-La Hotel on 27th February 2017. It was, as always, a glittering affair with esteemed guests from the Middle East and South Asian region but with many flying in from as far away as Canada, Grenada and South Africa with the array of guests resembling a gathering of the United Nations. Sun Mark is the only British company to have been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade for an unprecedented 5 consecutive years and is currently engaged in sales in over 130 countries and its reputation extends far and wide; so much so in fact that the Guest of Honour was Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General to UAE, Mr Alastair Long. Sun Mark is the only company to have received this honour and continues to hold this British business record.
The evening began with Mr. Harmeet (Sunny) Ahuja, Director of Sun Mark, welcoming the guests before showing a video of the developments at Sun Mark and the wider business group over the last year. The video showed how the group has developed further in the hotels and hospitality sector to add to its commercial property, marketing and distribution and freight forwarding businesses. The video told the audience of the continued acknowledgement of Dr. Ranger’s successes through his receipt of numerous accolades over the last year. The video showed how the highlight of 2016 was when the company’s Chairman and Founder, Dr. Rami Ranger, had formally received from Her Majesty the Queen, the award of CBE, in full, “Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”. This is now the eighth time that Dr. Ranger has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen and an achievement of which both he and all who know him are rightfully proud.
Dr. Ranger, in his speech, paid tribute to all those who worked closely with him and how the success of Sun Mark is a result of a combination of customers, and suppliers and other service providers coming together to help each other to progress. He thanked his team from Sun Mark for all of their efforts. He reminded his guests that with the right values anyone can succeed and told his own story and how it can inspire anyone to do the best they can.
The guests were then addressed by Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General to the UAE, Mr Alistair Long, who spoke of the importance of trade and reiterated its importance in forging improved relations across the world. He also acknowledged Dr. Ranger’s philanthropic efforts and achievements. He spoke of the British food industry being a major employer in the UK and an unsung hero of the British economy. He encouraged British companies to work in the UAE and to use it as a base to grow their business further
Sun Mark then recognised some of its regional partners and distributors in the region who had made a significant contribution to the growth and development of business in the region. They were Mr. Jeevan Chouhan of Vivan International from India who was joined by his son Varun in accepting the award; Ms. Cathy Baptist of CBN Distributors from Grenada who was joined by her family in receiving her award; Mr. Harish Kishanchand of Harry’s Imports from Belize and Mr. Imran Raja of Oversees Corporation from Pakistan.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Mr. Harmeet Ahuja, who thanked Dr. Rami Ranger and Sun Mark UK and UAE team for making the evening possible and for bringing together such a myriad of people from all over the world.
The formal part of the evening was then concluded and dinner was served.