Doing the state proud, Tura resident Samir Agarwal recently won the SBI-Times Network SME Award by beating a huge number of companies in the small-medium enterprise category.
The award, which was presented on December 5 to the entrepreneur, comes for the 34-year-old leading his company, Manjushree Innovations Pvt Ltd, based in Guwahati in the Consumer Goods Manufacturing segment.
The award was decided by an esteemed panel of jurists on various parameters, with companies from across India taking part in the competition.
Samir is the son of prominent location businessman, Satyanarayan Agarwal, from the Fancy Valley locality. He is from a joint family which is into various businesses including flexible packaging, food and retail.
Samir completed his studies until Class VIII from Sherwood School before moving out of the state to complete his education. He completed his graduation from Delhi University before doing his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
“My company, Manjushree Innovations Pvt Ltd is a part of the Manjushree Group, located in Assam and Meghalaya. It is the leader in plastic flexible packaging in the North East region for the past two decades. We have converting as well as extrusion division and are certified by the BRC Global Standards for Packaging and Packaging Materials with Grade A,” said Samir on his company.
His company services international customers, MNCs and companies like Tata Consumer Limited, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Marico, Godrej, Hetero Pharmaceuticals, Dabur, who are among its clientele.
The company’s products include printed and unprinted laminates, multi-layer PE films, shrink and stretch films, monolayer films and bags and are used in many food-grade, health care, household and agri-based applications.
Speaking on his win, Samir said it was not him but the hard work and support of every member of MIPL that made the award possible.
“This is an award for the whole team and not just one individual as the leader is only as good or as bad as his team. It means a lot for all of us,” said Samir.
Explaining his reason for returning to his family business after his MBA, he said he wanted to use his learning and bring a fresh perspective to catapult the company to new heights.
Samir comes from a joint family of more than 50 people with his employees in MPIL becoming an extended part of it.
“Some of them have been with us since before my birth and we are like family. My company’s assets are not the machines we have but the people who work with us. They mean everything to me and my family,” said Samir. “I hope this award will be an inspiration to the people of the North East, where talented people often have a tendency to step out to work in other states, or other countries. I believe winning in this category will provide a boost to the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Look East’ initiatives of the Government as far as the North East region is concerned.”