Tahira Widlof, General Store Manager at Asda Burnley, has won the Chairman’s award at the 17th annual Asian Women in Achievement Awards.

Nominated by Asda, Tahira was shortlisted as one in six potential winners for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards: Business, which recognises the accomplishments of British Asian women in business, entrepreneurship, athletics, the arts, the public sector, and social and humanitarian work.

However it was the highly prestigious Chairman’s award that Tahira walked away with, a special accolade presented by the Chair of the judging panel to one outstanding woman of achievement who, the judges feel, most exemplifies the values and aspirations of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Tahira has worked for Asda for 25 years, including 11 years spent at Asda House, in Leeds, working within loss prevention/asset protection, retail innovation and logistics

Speaking about her award, Tahira said: “It was such an honour to be nominated alongside such high-achieving women but to be recognised with the Chairman’s award has left me shell-shocked. It was such a wonderful evening to be a part of and this award was a huge surprise.

“Representing Asda is an absolute honour and I must thank everyone, from colleagues in stores to those in Asda House, for supporting me.

“I look forward to continuing to represent Asda in the Women of the Future network and attending events, which offer the opportunity to meet like-minded, high achieving women and build business contacts.”

Steven Hislop, Senior Director, North West, at Asda, said: Tahira is an excellent role model to everyone here at Asda.

“We’re all so proud of Tahira - this recognition is an amazing achievement and is thoroughly deserved. Tahira has made a huge contribution to Asda over the last 25 years and it’s this dedication and commitment that highlights what a worthy winner she is.”