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Posted: 19/07/16

bksb chief wins prestigious business accolade

Harvinder Atwal, the managing director of e-learning provider bksb – part of West Nottinghamshire College Group – has been named as Businesswoman of the Year at the prestigious British Indian Awards.

Harvinder Atwal was named Businesswoman of the Year at the prestigious British Indian Awards.

The awards, which recognise successful business people of Indian heritage, look to capture the multicultural and entrepreneurial spirit in the UK as well as be a celebration of achievement by all those nominated. Harvinder was presented with her award at a high profile ceremony on Friday (15 July 2016) held at Athena in Leicester.

Harvinder has been managing director of bksb for the past nine years, driving the domestic and international expansion of the award-winning e-learning company which support individuals from all walks of life to improve their English, maths and ICT skills. 

Based at the i2 Centre on Oakham Business Park, Mansfield, the company has seen its online learning resources used by more than 25 million people and thousands of education-providers across the world since it launched almost 20 years ago.

In the UK alone, over 87% of colleges and hundreds of schools, training providers, local authorities and employers use its solutions to improve teaching and learning.

Dame Asha Khemka, principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group, said: “My warmest congratulations to Harvinder on this much-deserved accolade. Under Harvinder’s dynamic and inspirational leadership, bksb is now firmly-established as the country’s market-leading provider of e-learning for English, maths and ICT.

"Not only is bksb a key part of the college group, and one that contributes significantly to our strong financial performance, it is also a hugely-successful and internationally-recognised business in its own right. Only recently under Harvinder’s stewardship bksb was crowned ICT Company of the Year at the Bett Awards 2016.

“bksb helps millions of people across the world to improve their English, maths and ICT skills every year, which boosts both individual and organisational prosperity. Harvinder’s drive, passion and business skills are fundamental to the company’s ongoing success and I am delighted this has been recognised with this prestigious award.”

Harvinder herself said: “I am extremely proud and humbled to have been presented with this award, which is the culmination of many years of hard work and a determination to succeed.  It would not have been possible without the commitment and innovative approach of the entire team at bksb, and I am excited about what the future holds as we continue working to achieve further success for the business.”