Star of India – and Essex
Essex-based Avnish Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Healthcare, has won the Newcomer of the Year Award at the prestigious Eastern Eye Asian Business Awards.
The Awards, in their 10th year, celebrate the achievements of Asian entrepreneurs in Britain and are widely regarded as the premier Asian event on the British business calendar.
Goyal (pictured centre) started Hallmark in 1997 when he looked for a change of pace from the family property business where he had worked since qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1991.
He bought his first care home in Pontypridd, South Wales and very quickly realised that high quality homes offering high quality care would form the foundations of a successful and rewarding business.
In 2001 Goyal embarked on Hallmark Healthcare’s first major construction.
Hallmark went on to buy and build more quality purpose built homes and will invest a further £25m in 2006 on a new-build programme adding around 500 beds to its portfolio.
The 2006 investment programme was kick-started with the opening of Amberley Hall in Kings Lynn. The 20th home in Hallmark’s group is a luxurious, purpose built home providing a state of the art facilities including a home cinema.
As well as caring for residents, Hallmark takes good care of its staff and was ranked number 51 in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For in 2006.
Eastern Eye, Britain’s most popular selling Asian newspaper, held the Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.