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Insignia Worldwide recognized for Gulf Capital SME Awards

The brand, communications and design firm is a finalist in the MasterCard Small Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year categories

Insignia Worldwide, the well-renowned brand, communications and design firm, has been recognized as a finalist in two categories of the Gulf Capital SME Awards 2015, MasterCard Small Business of the Year Award and Business Leader of the Year Award.

The agency was shortlisted based on evidence of maintaining consistent growth and strong financial performance, as well as its outstanding leadership.

Since its inception in 2003, Insignia Worldwide has uniquely positioned itself as a multi-faceted brand enrichment and engagement agency specializing in destination marketing, luxury travel and hospitality. Its service proposition is unlike any other, and no other agency has penetrated this particular segment with the focus and expertise they offer.

To date, Insignia Worldwide has been the creative force behind 130 restaurants and lifestyle venues, 30 new restaurant concepts, 94 hotels & resorts across 20 countries, and 25 pre-openings in 14 countries.

Finalist for the Business Leader of the Year award, Gaurav Sinha founded Insignia Worldwide in 2003, and stands as the visionary mastermind behind one of Middle East’s most successful advertising and marketing services agencies. As chief executive, the firm’s impressive growth is testament to his mastery.

Solidifying his status as an internationally recognized leader in his field, he has accumulated a remarkable portfolio of achievements including Indian Entrepreneur of the Year 
by Entrepreneur Middle East Magazine, and being listed at #47 in Arabian Business Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Indians in the GCC. A respected creative strategist, Gaurav is recognized for his innovative thinking, inspiring leadership and business acumen.

“The relentless pursuit of a simple yet audacious vision of crafting brand experiences better and faster is what motivates me. I do not compromise on quality and expect the highest standards reflected in all we do and this is a core value for us at Insignia. Within this paradigm everyone is empowered and encourage to innovate, experiment and take calculated risks. To be recognized by MEED for the Gulf Capital SME Awards is a testament to this model and to the hard work of each and every team member,” remarked Gaurav Sinha.

“The growth in the number of entrants this year compared to the previous edition shows the award program’s steadily growing reputation as a highly sought after recognition scheme for SMEs. This year’s finalists’ have shown remarkable progress, as evidenced by their strong turnover performance. Beyond the numbers, what makes this year’s batch impressive is the strong emphasis on innovation as a key foundation for achieving long-term growth; as well as their determined effort to efficiently manage their resources to support growth plans. We wish the finalists the best of luck; and congratulate them for having gone this far in the selection process,” said Dr. Karim El-Solh, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Capital, one of the leading alternative investment firms in the Middle East and headline sponsor of the annual Gulf Capital SME Awards.

The awards are organized by MEED, which partnered with Gulf Capital four years ago as the headline sponsor, to recognize the UAE’s SMEs, business leaders and entrepreneurs for innovation, growth and success. Winners will be announced on 28 October 2015 at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai.