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Recognition for Octavian director.

Octavian Security : 14 November, 2007  (Company News)
The Institute of Directors has recognised Sukhi Ghuman of Octavian as an Emerging Leader for the successful growth of his security and guarding enterprise.
Sukhi Ghuman, managing director of the internationally operating Octavian Group, has been named as the IoD's Midlands Emerging Leader 2007 in its Large Business Category.

Fighting off competition from hundreds of the Midlands region's most successful leaders in large businesses (those with over 250 employees), Ghuman received the award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and management qualities. These are the qualities that have enabled him to take Octavian from his spare bedroom to a globally operating £10 million turnover security-led business in just over three years - and before he himself has reached 30.

The IoD Awards gala dinner to unveil the region's greatest young business leaders, was held at Birmingham's recently refurbished Town Hall and was attended by around 20 of Octavian's senior management team and around 300 other entrants and guests.

In his category, Sukhi was judged from a shortlist of three by a panel including the likes of IoD regional director John Phillips, Clive Bawden board member of the Young Directors' Forum, Janette Rawlinson of Women in Business and Andy Moss of Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets.

"The IoD is the organisation that all Britain's business community leaders belong to, respect and seek leadership guidance from, and for me to receive its approval in this way has been a real career goal," explains Sukhi Ghuman.

"Quality is of the utmost importance when you are trying to create a new brand for 'security', as we are. If I have achieved anything to date, it's to create a business which breaks the rules and challenges the pre-conceptions of security, using innovation and unrivalled quality assurance to satisfy client demands of blue chip companies like Bovis Lend Lease, Prologis, DHL, BP and IKEA.

"I have empowered my team by creating an entrepreneurial work environment for them to develop successful careers for themselves."

Also in attendance on the evening was Octavian bank manger, Robin Kirkwood, Partner - Business Banking at Yorkshire Bank, he said of Sukhi's achievement:

"I have been working with Sukhi for almost a year, helping Octavian to realise its further global aspirations, and it pleases me to see such an authoritative body give Sukhi and the business the recognition they so greatly deserve - providing them with yet another advantage over competitors."

This award comes at the end of a successful year for Octavian, with the Group promoting two new directors to its board, expanding into Vancouver and Dubai and also increasing its turnover by around £5 million with several significant new blue chip contract wins.

Sukhi Ghuman has also been nominated for several categories in the First Enterprise Ethnic Minority Business Awards and the East Midlands International Business Awards in the New Exporter category, with the results of all awards being announced before the end of the year.
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