Kirkcaldy firm scoops top award

Insure Smart, winners of the Asian Small Business of the Year award 2012. Pictured l-r : Darren McQuade, Shaun Pearson, Mazhar Salim, Amir Salim and Ashar Salim
Insure Smart, winners of the Asian Small Business of the Year award 2012. Pictured l-r : Darren McQuade, Shaun Pearson, Mazhar Salim, Amir Salim and Ashar Salim

A KIRKCALDY business has won a prestigious Small Business of the Year award.

Insure Smart pipped Dragon’s Den success story iCafe to the post at the seventh annual Scottish Asian Business Awards held in Glasgow.

The awards have been celebrated annually since 2006 to recognise the achievements of the Scottish Asian Business community.

Each year, the competition has become more intense as it has developed into a highly respected event.

The award was presented by Rory McKail, the West of Scotland chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, at the event sponsored by the Bank of Scotland.

Insure Smart was founded in June 2004, and started life in a small office in Kirkcaldy.

Steady growth saw the company move into larger premises at 342 High Street, previously Pillan’s Pies, in September 2009, and Insure Smart now employs 10 local people.

In his acceptance speech, Amir Salim paid tribute to his co-founding brother, Athar Salim, who passed away in May 2006.

“Athar’s untimely death was such a major loss to both the family and the company, but the foundation he helped lay was instrumental in the continued growth of the business,” he said, and went on to thank his family and the hard-working staff for their valuable contribution to Insure Smart’s success.

Naeem Khalid, co-ordinator of FRAE Fife (Fairness Race Awareness & Equality), which nominated the organisation, said: “Insure Smart is a customer-focused, driven company which delivers a high quality service at very competitive prices both to its local and nationwide client base.”