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CURRY WEEK PREPARATIONS GATHER PACE


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THE 16th National Curry Week takes place all over Britain from 7 - 13 October to celebrate Britain’s ‘national dish’ and raise money for charities concentrating on the malnourished and poverty stricken. National Curry


Week once again asks people to think of the less fortunate whilst enjoying a week of fun, food and frolics ranging from Poppadomathons to attempts at eating challenges and other world records. Full information can be found on www. nationalcurryweek. co.uk.


Eric Pickles,


Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has endorsed the Curry Week. He says, “It gives me great pleasure to know that National Curry Week continues to promote our nation’s


favourite food whilst raising money for charity. Britain just wouldn’t be the same without the colour and vibrancy of Asian restaurants up and down the country. Let’s celebrate the immense contribution of the Asian Cuisine industry to our country’s economy and culture. We support the sector to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places in the world for our aspiring chefs to train.” The event is the


brainchild of Peter Grove, founder and organiser. He says, “Curry is now very much part of the British way of life whether it be enjoyed in the restaurant or at home and it is right that it should be celebrated by curry lovers in their hundreds of thousands all over the country each year.” n


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44 OCT/NOV 2013 ISSUE 49


BHA joins up with Barclays to promote hospitality job creation


THE British Hospitality Association (BHA) is partnering with Barclays to support the industry body’s goal of cr eating 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2015. The two organisations will use their collective power and employability campaigns to help young people get ready for work, and find quality apprenticeships and job opportunities. Barclays will stage a nationwide tour of events


to showcase the variety of career paths available to young people in the hospitality industry, and help local employers to find young people who are keen to start a career with them. In addition the BHA will join and back LifeSkills, a programme created by Barclays to help equip one million young people with the skills they need to make the transition from education to employment. BHA members will list thousands of work experience opportunities on the LifeSkills website www.barclayslifeskills.com. Through its LifesSkills: Bridges Into Work


programme Barclays will also support BHA members in setting up apprenticeships programmes for themselves using Barclays expertise and know-how. By pooling resources the partnership aims


to double the number of new jobs the BHA has already helped the industry to pledge to 60,000, and help ensure a thriving hospitality and leisure sector in the UK. Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association, said: “Working together with Barclays enables the BHA to continue the industry’s biggest ever job creation drive where we aim to find opportunities for thousands of unemployed young people across the UK. Around 10% of the national workforce has a job in hospitality and we want to continue to invest in our best resource – young people.” n


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