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Cancer charity benefits from curry coffee morning


Macmillan Cancer Support has received a cheque for over £1,500 from the Burj Indian restaurant, in Wanborough, Wiltshire, money which was raised


for the cancer charity during a coffee morning last year.


Macmillan Cancer fundraising man- ager for Wiltshire, Polly Bishop, said: “For a company having their first go at


the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise this amount of money is fantastic. The morning was a huge amount of fun, with coffee, cakes and some delicious Indian sweets.


Jailed restaurant owner wins local support


The jailing of a popular businessman, Helalul Islam, has triggered protests in the Scottish town of Castle Douglas. Mr Islam, who ran a curry restaurant at the Merrick Hotel in the town, was given a 16 month prison sentence for breaking immigration laws, after the UK Border Agency uncovered three men who were in the country illegally.


One resident Patrick Bealey, who is trying to start a petition, has said he thought the court had given an exces- sively severe sentence to make an example out of Mr Islam.


The UK Border Agency has said Mr Islam could face deportation once his sentence is completed, despite


having lived in the country for more than 30 years. Carolyne Wallace of the Immigration Crime Team for Scotland and Northern Ireland, commented: ”The sentences handed out show the seriousness of this crime. Not only did Islam knowingly try to flout immigra- tion laws, he also preyed on vulnerable people desperate to reach the UK.”


Masala Zone to expand outside of London


Masala Zone, which operates a chain of seven curry restaurants, has announced plans to expand outside London and is currently looking for sites in the south east.


The group is reported to be looking for company-operated sites in Cambridge, Guildford, Kingston and Oxford but believes Masala Zone has the poten- tial for up to 50 sites in the UK, pos- sibly through a franchise operation. A division of Masala World, a family- owned Indian restaurant group that also owns Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya, Masala Zone was founded in 2001 and currently has restaurants in Bayswater, Camden Town, Covent Garden, Earls Court, Fulham, Islington and Soho.


Spice Business Magazine 10 March 2011


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