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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S


CONFERENCE MARKS DINE BANGLADESH ANNIVERSARY


huge success nationally and politically. The main aim of the Guild is to ensure that its


members benefit from being part of a co-operative group, thereby reducing the overheads of the whole. Deals have already been struck for the bulk purchasing of utilities, and there are further plans to offer Guild members training in management techniques, service skills, hygiene and cuisine. The Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs Annual


Conference 2014, marking the anniversary, was held on 25th June 2014 at Walsall Town Hall. The conference incorporated the launch of the Guild’s Award of Excellence as well as raising £500 for the Mayor’s Charity. The event was hosted by the


Staffordshire Region President Imam Uddin along with Vice President Suruk Miah, Secretary Abdul Shahed, Joint Secretary Abdul Gafur, Treasurer Rais Miah, Joint Treasurer Faruk uddin, Membership Secretary Dilu Miah, Education Secretary Shahidul Islam. The event was attended by many


high profile dignitaries and prominent restaurateurs from across the country. Guests included the Mayor of Walsall,


Twenty years ago, the co-ordinators of the Dine Bangladeshi Campaign held the inaugural meeting of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs at the Grosvenor House, London. The Guild was formally launched by His Excellency, Shahid Aktar, the acting High Commissioner for Bangladesh, with special guest speaker The Rt. Hon. Angela Browning MP, the Food Minister.


The Dine Bangladeshi Campaign was originally


set up to improve the public’s perception of the Bangladeshi community, by highlighting the substantial contribution Bangladeshi restaurateurs and their employees make to the British economy. The Campaign’s objective was always to establish a formidable trade body and their efforts culminated in the formation of the Guild. The Guild has changed the perception of the curry industry and achieved


Councillor Pete Smith; His Excellency, the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Faisal Ahmed; TV chef Rustie Lee; Guild Chairman and founder member of The British Curry Awards and Editor of The Spice Business Magazine Enam Ali MBE-FIH; the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs regional presidents Azizur Rahman, from the Oxfordshire, Dr G M Moula, West Midlands and Foysol Choudhury MBE, from Scotland and Jabbar Khan of Lasan Restaurant. In total 20 Guild members restaurants received


The Award of Excellence and two community awards were presented. One went to Haji Nasir Ahmed from Birmingham, for his life time of dedication to community work, and the other to Abdus Salam who received recognition for his business skills and achievement. n


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