Published on 28/11/2023
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Gurdeep Chima
  • Gurdeep Chima is the manager of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME)
  • She won in the Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year category
  • The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on 18 November. 

The manager of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Business Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston University has won at the 2023 Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) Awards. 

Gurdeep Chima, who has been in the role as CREME’s centre manager for three years, took the title of Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year.   

Gurdeep supports the Centre to achieve its mission of ‘making diversity and enterprise everyone’s business’ through stakeholder engagement, leading and delivering events and collaborating with practitioner partners on innovative business support interventions. 

In 2022 she was successful in attaining the award for the Future Face of Education and Public Sector. She is currently undertaking a senior leadership degree apprenticeship at Aston University. 

Outside work she serves as a board member for Punch Records, the UK’s leading music and arts agency dedicated to working with Black music, arts and culture.

Gurdeep said:

“I am thrilled to have won 'Outstanding Young Achiever' at the Asian Business Chambers of Commerce Awards 2023. 

“It was a fantastic evening with friends and colleagues and I’d like to thank everyone who supported and celebrated with me. 

Monder Ram, professor of small business and director of CREME, said: 

“I’m delighted Gurdeep has received this recognition for her outstanding work at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston University. 

“Gurdeep is at the heart of everything we do at CREME and is pivotal to our success as a leading centre for diversity and enterprise. 

“She’s a model professional and richly deserves this accolade.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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