We are delighted to announce that our chairperson Vinay Ruparelia has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Vinay was awarded the MBE for services to local enterprise, tourism and to the community. As well as all his work for Books Abroad, Vinay is heavily involved in many other charities and local organisations such as Turning Point, Portsoy Boat Festival, Boyndie Trust and the Sail Loft Hostel. We congratulate him on a very well deserved award. A report on Vinay’s award with fuller details of his huge contribution to the community can be found in this Grampian Online article.
Another article detailing Vinay’s contributions to the community as well as to Books Abroad can be found on the Lord Lieutenant Banffshire’s website here. This article also provides some interesting facts about Vinay