Recipients of the inaugural MSME Honours from GCC

Filed on July 15, 2021

On the occasion of International MSME Day, Tally Solutions, a leading international software products company, delivering business management solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), launched the first edition of ‘MSME Honours’. Through these honours, Tally Solutions aims to celebrate the diversity, unrelenting contribution, and the positive impact of MSMEs through their best practices at the grassroot level up to the national economy level.


♦ Business Veterans: Recognising the stalwarts who have withstood the test of time, and continued to thrive and grow.

♦ Digital Transformers: Recognising the adaptability and adoption of new technologies and digitisation.

♦ Wonderwomen in MSMEs: Recognising women entrepreneurs who have defied stereotypes and defined their business journeys with confidence.

In its first edition, MSME Honours received an overwhelming response across categories. These nominations were initially vetted by an internal Tally panel and then by an esteemed jury comprising of Fazeela Gopalani, Head of Middle East, ACCA; Bijay Shah, National Director, BNI; and CA Harikishan Rankawat, Secretary, ICAI Dubai Chapter. The jury selected a total of 13 businesses that were honoured across categories. Here are the details of the recipients of this prestigious honour:

Ms. Ankita Rao and Mr. Anish Rao, Directors, Freeline Engineering Consultants

Ankita & Anish are second generation entrepreneurs and are taking their family business to new heights. Today, the company has clocked 23 years under the leadership of 2 generations of entrepreneurs with over 1000 completed projects. They are honoured for keeping employee growth and innovation at the core of business expansion and taking this generational business to new heights.

Mr. Omar Musallam, Director, Musallam Trading LLC

This 20-year-old company is a reseller of IT products in Middle East, CIS & North Africa and they deal in some of the most prominent brands in the market. They are honoured for ensuring optimal service standards throughout their 20 years of operations as an IT reseller.

Mr. Mohamed Ameen, Managing Director, Sea Pride LLC

They are a leading fish and fish products exporter in Oman catering to more than 40 countries. Their eagerness to adopt latest technologies has not only helped them maintain superior quality and create various other value-added products, but also led to winning this honour. They are a proud contributor towards the fishing community of Oman through sustainable fishing.

Mr. Shabbier Khambata, Director, Shikmo International Advertising LLC

This 40-year-old organization is honoured for bringing creative, fresh and innovative ideas since their inception and becoming the preferred gift advertising company in Dubai. They have shown resilience in their entrepreneurial journey and were not deterred by hardships thrown their way to achieve their goals. They have a wide client base of over 1500 happy and repeat customers.

Ms. Madhvi Kathuria, Managing Director, Freshia Foodstuff Trading Company

Operating in food supplies for the HORECA Segment since 2016, this company established themselves in the household grocery delivery market in 2020. Initially they started off with a single social channel to drive their business and later advanced technologically with an onmi channel strategy through their website, social media, and mobile apps. They were able to scale up their business multifold and doubled their product range in no time with the help of this digital transformation.

Ms. Leila Masinaei & Mr. Noel John Green Way, Managing Partners, Great Minds Event Management L.L.C

This events management company founded in 2018 resurged with a new digital avatar last year called DigiConnect - designed for leaders across various industries to connect virtually. Some of their key milestones were - organizing 300 digital events since last year which tripled their operating profits in the last 6 months, running a hybrid structure of online and physical events. Their clientele consists of Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Pavan Gupta, Founder & CEO, Omang Technologies and Trading LLC

They started their business in 2011 and initiated digital evolution in the last 4-5 years. They are honoured for enabling ecommerce for their business solution which ensured growth to 21 countries and ensuring employees work collaboratively across locations without compromising on customer experience.

Mr. Pranav Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, ICD Technologies

This company specializes in IT products and their digitization journey started during the pandemic leading to improved productivity, cost saving, richer customer experience and engagement of employees in higher value tasks. In order to radically reform their road map of growth, they also evolved to drive progress constantly with more resilience while leveraging technology.

Ms. Geetha Nayak, Managing Partner, Design Infinity

This company is one of the top 10 interior fitout companies in Dubai and is the first interior fit-out company in UAE to be recognised with the Superbrand status. This wonder woman's involvement in projects yield high quality sustainable projects on time which has received several accolades in the industry.

Ms. Richa Bhagnari, Founder & Managing Director, You First LLC

This business setup consultancy is popular among business owners across UAE and aims to deliver much more than end-to-end business setup. This wonder woman brings with her 20 years of diverse knowledge and skills and has helped more than 200 clients to expand their operations overseas. She fought against all odds and emerged with immense success.

Ms. Malavika Varadan, Managing Director, The Hive

This company was started by a couple of friends around 2014 focussing on drama and public speaking lessons for kids. Since this wonder woman took over, she transformed the business with 2X profits and expansion, while also impacting community by transforming the lives of more than 400 children with the power of words and drama.

Ms. Amandeep Kaur, Chief Executive Officer, VFix Maintenance & Technical Services Dubai

This maintenance services company started with humble roots in 2015 for a target market deeply neglected by large companies. This wonder woman, in a business segment dominated by men, through her aspiration for quality, innovation, superior service coupled with value for money, kept innovating in all aspects leaving the competition far behind.

Ms. Hemali Shah, Managing Director, City One Tourism And Travel

This travel & tourism company emphasizes on personal values and cultures due to which this wonder woman was the first in UAE to start repatriation and charter flights for people who were stuck in the UAE, during the pandemic, without any hope to get back home. She was honoured for her desire and empathy to relentlessly provide help to fellow beings.

Tally salutes the contribution of these business owners and several others like them like who have disrupted the ecosystem with their innovative thinking and scalable business solutions, changed lives of people (employees and customers), and built connected communities while driving the economy at large.

This content comes from KT Engage, the brand marketing unit of Khaleej Times.