The North West was represented in a list of the most powerful' and influencial' Muslims in the UK.

The list aims to celebrate the growing contributions of Muslims in all sectors of Britain. North west based individuals included Lord Adam Patel, Shahid Malik MP, Shami Ahmed, Sajaad Karim MEP, Arif Patel and Nighat Awan.

They joined the likes of Yusuf Islam and cricketer Imran Khan on the list which was launched at a special event at the Hilton Hotel in London.

The event also saw the winners of the Muslim Power 100 Excellence Awards announced.

The Muslim Power 100 list was created after a process of public voting and then judging by a panel of judges, including Sir Iqbal Sacranie (Muslim Council of Britain) and Lord Bhatia (House of Lords).

The Muslim Power 100 publication also includes a list of 70 individuals highlighted as ones to watch for 2007'. These individuals narrowly missed out on making the Muslim Power 100 list for 2007, but are expected to feature in the future.

The list was published by Islamic Bank of Britain (in association with Carter Andersen).

Sultan Choudhury of Islamic Bank of Britain: "We feel that it is now more important than ever to recognise the valuable contribution the Muslim community has made to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Britain.

"Our work has brought us into contact with thousands of Muslims who are adding value to their communities and making a collective contribution to society. Not only does this list recognise exceptional achievements, but it also illustrates the opportunities for success available for Muslims in Britain.

The list was published by the Islamic Bank of Britain (in association with Carter Andersen).

Muslim Power 100 Excellence Awards Divided into nine categories, the awards celebrate their winners' contribution to these sectors in British society.

Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Islamic Bank of Britain At the dinner a lifetime achievement award will also be made to Dr Hany El Banna, founder of Islamic Relief.

Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Islamic Bank of Britain.

Muhammed Chaudry - Managing Director Accident Claim Helpline.

Business and Commerce Award sponsored by European Islamic Investment Bank.

Haroon Khan - Managing Director PTV -Prime & Xtec Communications.

Retail, Food and Franchise Award sponsored by European Islamic Investment Bank.

Mohammed Khalid - Owner Chicken Cottage.

Public Sector (including voluntary sector) Award sponsored by Islam Channel Mirza Ahmad - Chief Legal Officer, Birmingham City Council.

Education Award sponsored by DCD Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani - Chairman Arab International Women's Forum.

Finance Award sponsored by Accenture Naguib Kheraj - Group Finance Director of Barclays PLC.

Professional Award sponsored by Clifford Chance Tariq Hamid - Associate Norton Rose.

Healthcare Award sponsored by ARY Digital Shamshad Ahmed - Chief Executive Smart Cells International.

Arts and Culture Award sponsored by Carter Andersen Dr Ahmed Moustafa - Artist and Scholar.