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As I write this editorial, summer time is on the way. Last year the World Cup was taking place and that led to a big drop in restaurant sales. This year there is no big sporting event, so hopefully things will be better for our industry.

This time next year, though, the Olympic Games will be upon us and this is one sporting event of a global scale that could be a big benefit to our business. As set out in an article in this issue of Spice Business, the Games are a chance for us to promote our cuisine on a world stage and we have to start preparing now to seize this chance with both hands. So many people will be visiting London and the UK and we have to show them what the British curry has to offer. Start think- ing now. If anyone has any good ideas email them to Spice Business and we can highlight them in the magazine.

Perhaps the ‘launch pad’ for our 2012 preparations will come with the British Curry Awards undisputedly the world’s big- gest award ceremony in the hospitality calendar, which will take place on Monday 28th November at the Battersea Evolution. This is a new date for us, which hopefully will go down well with the market, and a return to a popular venue. Nominations form can be found inside the magazine and also on the website. Restaurateurs should start inviting customers to nominate their restaurants ahead of the dead- line, which is on 1st September 2011.

The British Curry Awards will also give us a chance as an industry to air our views on the government’s immigration proposals. Restrictions on recruitment overseas are hurt- ing our efforts to attract good quality candidates for chef positions and are not helping our industry as we try to emerge from the recession. We support the Government in trying to have a clearer immigration policy and to enforce it, and we do stand ready to work with them. However we believe some changes need to be made if the curry industry is to continue to prosper and we hope the government will

listen to sensible suggestions that will be for the benefit of the curry industry. Senior members of the government have been invited to the awards and we hope they will accept.

I was very sad to learn of the passing of the former Bombay Brasserie general manager Adi Modi. He was a great figure in the industry and will be missed by all of us. He has been a great supporter to the industry. The Bombay Brasserie is his lasting monument and he will be long remembered for his achievements in transforming the way the British view curry. I would also like to pay tribute to Mohammed Kamar Uddin for his sudden death. His contribution to the curry industry was very valuable. He will be remembered and greatly missed.

Finally may I wish all readers Ramadan Mubarak and, as the next issue of Spice Business will not be until September, Eid Mubarak as well. It is a time for coming together as fami- lies and I hope you draw great strength and joy from these important times in the religious calendar.

Enam Ali MBE-FIH

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