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ABCC


Updates and useful information from the largest ethnic support organisation in the UK


Contact: Anjum Khan T: 0845 603 6650


New president and top team are elected


New role for top trio (from left): Haseena Lockhat, Lakhbir Singh and Qasim Majid


By Jessica Brookes


Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has welcomed a new president and vice- presidents for 2018-19. The announcement was made at the ABCC’s annual general meeting. The new president is Qasim Majid, who is originally from Manchester but moved to Birmingham in 2002 when he founded digital marketing agency Wow Zone. Qasim has been an active member and


supporter of Asian business, first joining the then Institute of Asian Businesses in 2002, and later becoming a board member and vice-president of the ABCC. He wants to pass on the opportunities and success that he has found with the help of the ABCC, to members old and new. He said: “I personally believe that we as board members and my job as president is to create that environment for businesses to thrive and for members to look at the ABCC as an organisation that brings opportunities to them.” “My absolute vision for the next 12 months is


to create value for our members and create the environment for them to do even better


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business. “Our members are our backbone to


everything, and we need to create value and an experience for them.” Qasim has taken over from Saqib Bhatti as


president, who has served as ABCC president for four years. Qasim said: “Saqib has done a great job over


the past four years, and has left me with very big shoes to fill. I’m really excited at the prospect of building on the foundations he has laid for the ABCC.” Reflecting on his career as he takes on his new


presidency role, Qasim seems to have come ‘full circle’. Birmingham will be the second city that he has lived in that has hosted the Commonwealth Games. In 2002, Qasim was just about to leave Manchester when they hosted the games. He said: “I left when the Manchester


Commonwealth Games happened, and it completely transformed the city. “Now I see that happening in Birmingham, you


can see a complete transformation happening and that is really exciting.”


Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands,


said: “I congratulate the ABCC on the election of Qasim Majid as their new President. The ABCC has a great track record of promoting business across the region and giving a voice to the vibrant Asian business community. “I wish the ABCC all the best and hope they


continue the great work they have been doing in promoting business and enterprise, in particular in encouraging diversity and more women to start up in business.” Qasim will be joined by new vice-presidents


Lakhbir Singh and Haseena Lockhat. Lakhbir has served on the ABCC board for three years, and is a relationship director at Barclays. Haseena has served on a number of boards


and panels, with her ABCC vice-presidency as her latest senior venture. She currently works as a consultant clinical psychologist at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. The new executive committee also includes


Aftab Chughtai, Gurmeet Jakhu, Dr Nasir Awan, Neelam Afzal, Omer Simjee, Prithpal Saimbi, Ravinder Masih, Ruzwan Boota, Sunny Araf, Amandeep Hyare and Steve Brittan.


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