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Dear Editor

The government has bowed to pressure from business people who have claimed that, if they cannot bring in the special- ists they need from abroad, they would rather relocate overseas where immi- gration control is more relaxed. In fact a few of them already have. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says law firms, accountancy firms and the banks have to be allowed to bring in specialists from overseas.

But we have learned from news reports that the government will ban the import of chefs from the Indian subcontinent starting April 2010. If local chefs could do the job, thousands of curry restaura- teurs would not be so foolish as to spend a fortune to travel to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Nepal, pick a home grown chef, and pay for his work permit and air ticket in order to appoint him in their kitchens.

The ban will only deprive millions of Britons of their favourite curry and hasten the closure of thousands of Indian restaurants, which contribute billions to the government exchequer and employ hundreds of thousands of people. The government should engage in construc- tive dialogue with the curry restaura- teurs before taking any step that will harm them.

Yours sincerely Faruk Shah Newcastle

Dear Editor

I attended the British Curry Awards cer- emony at the Grosvenor on 21st Novem- ber with friends. We have been to other curry award ceremonies as well and seen pictures and read news reports of yet others. But no award ceremony can come near to the British Curry Awards in terms of glamour and spectacle.

No wonder it has been named the ‘Oscars’ of the curry industry by the media and even our Prime Minister. The figures put out by the media – 67,500 diners from all over the UK nominated 3,500 Indian restaurants for the Brit- ish Curry Awards – look credible to me. I have heard Bangladeshi restaura- teurs commenting that they were kind of looked down upon in their com- munity and homeland for selling rice and fish, but their means of livelihood has been increased in social status by the attendance of celebrities and the global media coverage of British Curry Awards, especially when they are shown receiving awards from world renowned celebrities.

Keep up the good work!

Yours sincerely Salim Chowdhury Staffordshire

Dear Editor

First of all, I would like to express my special thanks to all of you at The Spice Business Magazine. I am restaurateur for the past two decades and I very much enjoy reading your magazine and I appreciate all the efforts you have put in this sector to promote the curty indus- try to the highest level.

I have an issue which I would like to share with you and perhaps if you have time to reply to my, I will really appreci- ate.

I have to bring chefs from India and Bangladesh as my restaurant serves authentic cuisine and I could not find any qualified chef for this type of cuisine in the UK. In the past, it was quite an easy process to bring in chefs but nowadays things are much more com- plicated. I have already registered as a sponsor and recently my chef who is abroad with all the necessary qualifi- cations was denied a visa because his English language certificate does not come from an approved UKBA institu- tion. I can assure you that this candidate can speak English language properly and has attended school up to GCE. I still do not understand how the system works and now because of this situa- tion, my restaurant cannot cope with its demand. I will appreciate if you can help me in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you

Yours sincerely,

R. Marouf Manchester

Please do write in. We very much appreciate your valued views, concerns and aspirations involving the curry industry. Though, unfortunately we cannot publish all the letters for limitation of space.

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December 2010

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