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Last year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of BCA and the success of the founding members of the curry industry in the UK, but whilst we celebrated our success as an organisation we now have the daunting task to face the coming year without the sense of optimism that we once had.

The rise in VAT and the real threat of a double dip recession being brandished in the press and within economic circles have led to public uncertainty, and as everyone knows, the first cuts to the household budget will be to cut down on the social activities such as entertainment, eating out and alcohol consumption.

As a Business community that has the same core benefits and interests at heart, we must work together

to beat the

recession and rising operational costs to our businesses by introducing proper pricing levels and adjust our prices accordingly.

As Secretary General of the BCA I want to urge all our members to help us help you by strengthening our organisation so that we can continue to lobby government effectively and press upon them to look towards the elements of growth and not just concentrate on were the deficit that has cast a grey cloud over the world’s economy and moreover the UK economy.

On the whole, we as a nation of British Bangladeshis have always shown that we are flexible and agile, our sense of achievement and versatility is something that we as NRB’s was able to establish on arrival in the UK and we are very proud to see that the second and even third generation of new businesses in the curry industry has followed in the success of the predecessors and together we will continue to not only honour our rich heritage that gave us this recipe of great success but also work together to support the future generations of young entrepreneurs so that they too will benefit from our experiences. The future success of the industry is dependent upon how we in the coming months and years face the many challenges ahead, but be assured we will face those challenges together.

Last year sadly we lost two prominent members of our Curry & Tandoori | Volume 11 | December 2011

organisation, namely Mr Al Haj Tara Miah and Al Haj Komor Uddin, we all pray for their departed souls. It is through the dedication and commitment of each and everyone of our members both past and present that has paved the way for future generations.

Last year our chosen charity was Islamic Relief so

during one of my many visits to Bangladesh I visited a number of projects that Islamic Relief are delivering in the various areas of Bangladesh, a brief overview of this can be seen on page 34.

As a Business community that has the same core benefits and interests at heart, we must work together to beat the recession and rising operational costs to our businesses

BCA is not just another ethnic organization; it has achieved the status of the voice of British Curry Industry. Our activities encompasses

from policy consultation,

economic research and lobby to the government in every aspect that affects the British Curry Industry. Today, in this economic climate, BCA is more relevant than ever.

I hope that you will all enjoy this year's issue of our yearly magazine 'The Bangladesh Cuisine' as it incorporates an update of recent activities and future plans.

I would like to thank the contributors, sponsors, advertisers, well -wishers and magazine sub-committee who worked hard day and night to make it resourceful. Lastly, but not least it is left for me to give my heartfelt thanks to all the hard work and efforts of our members and the NEC members without whom this event would not be possible. May Allah Bless us all

Pasha Khandaker Secretary General

The Bangladesh Cuisine  11 labour welfare,

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