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Book now for IAB annual awards dinner


ookings are now being taken for this year’s Institute of Asian Businesses’ annual dinner and awards, being

held at the ICC Birmingham on Saturday, 21 November. Individual tickets are priced at £80 + VAT, while

tables of ten will cost £800 + VAT. A Platinum package is available at £1,000 + VAT. IAB president Saqid Bhatti (pictured) said:

“The event is the biggest occasion on the Asian business calendar and last year was a sell-out with all 550 tickets being sold two months in advance of the dinner. Not only does the event celebrate and showcase Asian businesses in the region but it also presents an unrivalled opportunity to meet with key leaders and commercial colleagues.” The awards recognise the achievement and

success of individuals and companies whose skill, ambition, enthusiasm, and sheer hard work have enabled them to excel in their business pursuits. Award entry is open to all businesses. Local subsidiaries of national and multinational companies may also enter, but achievements must relate to local activity. Entrants are allowed to apply for more than one award category provided they meet the specified criteria.

The award categories are: • Outstanding Business of the Year • Outstanding Contribution to Society • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Customer Service of the Year • Outstanding Business Woman of the Year

The closing date for entries is Friday, 25 September 2015.

For full details and to download the entry form visit For sponsorship opportunities contact Anjum Khan on 0121 607 1910.

L-R: JK Sharma, Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan, Dr Eliot Bates, Birmingham University lecturer in ethnomusicology and popular music studies, and Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran

Choir is on song

An “exciting” pioneering concept, aimed at uniting communities through music, was unveiled at a launch event hosted at Birmingham Chamber. The inauguration of the British Carnatic

Choir – specialising in South Indian classical music - was carried out by world-renowned composer and musician Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassall, JK Sharma, Birmingham- based Consul General of India, and dignitaries from the Asian community. Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan, a celebrated

singer and classical dancer, who originated the idea of the choir, said it was hoped that the initiative would introduce Carnatic music to a wider audience. “However, we plan to recruit members of the choir from every community and to create harmony through western and Indian music,” she said.

Potential choir members should contact Dr Ramakrishan through

Students get career advice they can bank on

Business students from Abbey College, Birmingham, have been given an insight into career opportunities in banking by a graduate recruiter from Deutsche Bank. Guest speaker Isabel Stephens-Wood, talent

acquisition and graduate recruiter for the bank’s group technology and operations division in Birmingham, visited the St Paul’s Square college to advise potential future employees. Upper Sixth student Mariya Sheikh, who

studies business, economics and ICT, said: “Isabel’s talk really opened my eyes into the world of finance. It was very beneficial to me and my studies and has really given me something to think about in terms of the next step in my education and career.” College principal Stephen Robinson said: ”It

was a great experience for our students and I am pleased we were able to give them this opportunity.”

L-R: Mariya Sheikh, Oyinlola Oyinloye, Saqlain Hussain, Rachel Thompson and Isabel Stephens-Wood from Deutsche Bank, Darwin Zexu Chen, Anneka Faraz and Kiran Bhopal


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