Irshad Mirza started his career as an Exporter of Leather Goods (Saddlery Products) in the year 1973. He started with a meager capital of rs. 25,000/= and 40 employees in an era with doing business with foreigners was the preserve of large corporations. With his limited capital but unlimited enthusiasm and energy and patriotic zeal, Mr. Mirza in the period of last 32 years has built up an export business, which has a turnover of around Rs. 350 Crores and direct and indirect employment of 11000 people.
(I) he Best Export Award, 1st Prize for the year 2002-2003 by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
(II) State Export Award 1999-2000 1st Prize by the Deptt. Of Export Promotion, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
(III) Awarded by Central Board of Excise & Customs, Govt. of India in the year 2000.
(IV) Outstanding achievement and Services award by State Bank of India.
(V) Export Awards for Council for Leather Exports- 1st Prize since last eight years continuously.
(I) AICOI Millennium 2000 Intellectual Honour, U.P. Ratan.
(II) Award in recognition of remarkable cooperation by Rotary Club of Kanpur for the year 2001.
(III) National Integration Award presented by Janyog National Newspaper on 25th February, 2001.
(IV) Gandhi award presented on 3rd October, 2004 by Imamia Educational Trust, Lucknow.
(IV) Rajiv Gandhi Helpline best Social Worker Award – 2004
(IV) “Kanpur Gaurav Award” presented by U.P. Bank Employees Union by the hands of Shri Rajveer Upadhyay, Honble Minister for Power, Government of U.P. on 7th June, 2008 at Merchants Chamber Auditorium, Kanpur.
Source : mirzafoundation.org