Press Release 15.05.18

Ansar Ali was named ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Gala Dinner event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham on the 11th of May 2018.

Ansar Ali is the Business Development Manager of the well established design and marketing agency in Oldham called ‘dsgnuk’. Ansar Ali along with Kabir Ahmed founded the business in 2008. Both of them use to work together in Tesco Supermarket and travelled to University together studying design.

An emotional Ansar Ali said “Back in 2002 we use to drive to University and talk about one day opening our own design business in Oldham, we wanted to do something different; something that wasn’t done before in our community. It was only an idea and we never thought we would manage it forget winning an award!”
Kabir Ahmed, co-founder of dsgnuk said “This is a proud moment for everyone at dsgnuk, he has an excellent team behind him and his work ethic is second to none, he thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Ansar was up against some stiff competition in his category, the ever enthusiastic Frank Rothwell from Portcullis, the veteran and millionaire who was on Bear Grylls survival show ‘The Island.’ Frank later came over and congratulated Ansar on his win.

The event was at its 10th year anniversary and is the envy of the North West; one of the best attended and prestigious business awards. The event was attended by over 600 business guests and was sold out one month prior to the event. It was hosted by arguably the best British impressionist and impersonator Rory Bremner. Making the audience laugh with his impersonations of Donald Trump and lightening the mood and tension between each award category.

It was also a very emotional night as Ansar broke down in tears after his name was announced and a flood of local business people, friends and colleagues went over to congratulate him from the audience. Dave Benstead HR Director at Diodes Semiconductors PLC who was also awarded the Life Time Achievement award on the night said “Ansar is a brilliant young man and this award has been a long time coming, I am really happy for him and he is an excellent role model for young aspiring business men and women in Oldham and beyond.”

Ansar Ali has made history by being the first person of Asian ethnic background to win this important award. However, he is not new to winning awards as he has previously won the Technology Business of the Year at the Asian Business Association awards in 2006 and also was named Emerging Business Leader at the Oldham Mayors Business Charity Ball in 2015.

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Left to right. Karim Ahmed, Kabir Ahmed, Jake Carney, Ansar Ali, Shakil, Matthew Cotman-Tarkenter. (All members of team dsgnuk)

Ansar Ali Business Person of the Year holding up his award

Left to right. Jake Carney, Karim Ahmed, Shakil, Ansar Ali, Matthew Cotman-Tarkenter, Kabir Ahmed (All members of team dsgnuk)


Notes for Editor:

Ansar Ali can be contacted by


0161 627 1857


Left to right

Karim Ahmed, Kabir Ahmed, Jake Carney, Ansar Ali, Shakil, Matthew Cotman-Tarkenter

(All members of team dsgnuk)


Ansar Ali Business Person of the Year holding up his award


Left to right

Jake Carney, Karim Ahmed, Shakil, Ansar Ali, Matthew Cotman-Tarkenter, Kabir Ahmed. (All members of team dsgnuk)

‘dsgnuk’ is short for ‘design’ and is a design and marketing agency on Featherstall Road in Oldham. In the heart of the Asian community and has been in business since 2008. Prior to 2008 Ansar ran his own design and print business called Concept Design and later in 2008 merged with Kabir Ahmed to create ‘dsgnuk’

Ansar Ali and Kabir Ahmed both studied at the University of Salford and Ansar graduated in Graphic Design.


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