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Business leader’s sudden death

Nazir Awan, a leading member of Birmingham’s Asian and business community, has died suddenly after contracting coronavirus. Mr Awan, 68, was taken ill with mild

symptoms but his condition deteriorated rapidly and he was admitted to Birmingham’s Good Hope Hospital, where he passed away. He leaves a widow, daughter, son and six grandchildren. For 27 years until 2006, Mr Awan ran the highly

successful Awan Marketing business with his brother Nasir, who is a Chamber board member and a former chairman and president of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). Mr Awan also founded Awan Real Estate,

Nazir Awan: Passed away suddenly

which he ran with his son, Amer. Mr Awan, also a prominent figure in Birmingham’s Muslim community, was a founder member of the Institute of Asian Businesses (now the ABCC) in 1980 and served as its chairman from 1994 to 1995. He was instrumental in helping Birmingham businesses recover from the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in the 1980s. Nasir Awan said: “We are devastated by the

Support agency in plea for help

A social enterprise that supports people in Birmingham and Solihull who have been affected by rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse is pleading for help from the business community. The organisation is RSVP, says its

activities have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and has had to temporarily close its offices and outreach facilities and replace all face-to-face contact with telephone support. Now the organisation is facing an

increased demand for its services and longer waiting times for counselling. Adults already have to wait nine months for this service. Sophie Fletcher, RSVP’s community

fundraiser, said she urged businesses and individuals to help the organisation during the coronavirus crisis and said: “Raise awareness for our cause and support our campaigns. One simple act of kindness can quite literally change a life.”

loss of much loved member of our family, where we regarded him as a patriarch. “He was a valued business partner and an important member of the Asian and business community in Greater Birmingham. “I do appeal to everyone to take the impact of

coronavirus extremely seriously and follow government advice about precautions to the letter. No-one should feel it’s not going to happen to them – this awful disease knows no boundaries.” Chamber chief executive Paul Faulkner said:

“Our deepest sympathy goes to Nasir and his family following their tragic loss. Nazir was a valued member of the Greater Birmingham business and Muslim community and he will be greatly missed.” Mr Awan was born in Peshawar in Pakistan in

1953 and attended Upper Thomas Street School in Birmingham and Brooklyn Technical College before joining GKN. He and Nasir then founded Awan Marketing which quickly became established as one of the largest importers, exporters and distributors and wholesalers in the UK, dealing in a huge range of goods.

Staying on: The current executive committee for the Chamber will stay in post Flagship events called off

Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has urged members to stay in touch amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, as a number of its flagship events are cancelled or postponed. The Chamber, in light of government-

mandated social distancing measures to quell the spread of the virus, has cancelled and postponed a number of its annual events, including its annual general meeting and Vaisakhi celebrations. These events were due to take place at the start of April. The Chamber has announced that its

RSVP win the Business of the Year title at last year’s ABCC awards


president, Qasim Majid, and vice-presidents Lakhbir Singh and Dr Haseena Lockhat, as well as its executive committee members, will all stay in post until the rescheduled annual meeting. Anjum Khan, director of the ABCC, said: “Our first concern is for the safety of our attendees. In

light of that concern, we have decided to postpone the AGM and cancel certain other events. “We have notified everyone who had booked

to attend our AGM of the postponement. “We will continue to monitor the situation of

Covid-19 and we will announce a new date for the AGM in due course. “However, we are still encouraging members

to stay in touch with the Chamber by interacting with us on Twitter and LinkedIn, contacting their relationship managers here at the Chamber and taking part in a number of webinars we have coming up to further support business.”

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