Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
Presented by Keith Madeley, chairman of The Yorkshire Society to Balbir Panesar.
Balbir Panesar is founder and Managing Director of PEC Building Services and the first Asian president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.
Having left school at 16, to study electrical installation he then went on to establish a £7million turnover contracting company employing over 100 staff. In July 2007 he became Bradford Chamber of Commerce’s first Asian President. Over the years he has always committed himself to Bradford and its people and has worked hard to encourage economic and skills development, really putting Bradford on the map. Balbir has become a role model for budding entrepreneurs in the City and through his support of various charities and community activities became the obvious choice for the Lifetime Achievement Award.