UKBCCI presents Award of Excellence in 12 categories

Bring UK visa centre back to Dhaka : Iqbal

- A Monitor Report 01 Nov, 2017  |    -      +
London : Statistics show that percentage of visa approvals, after UK visa centre was transferred to New Delhi from Dhaka, came down by an alarming 70 per cent. This is great loss not only to the visa applicants but also to the growth of British economy, Iqbal Ahmed, OBE, DBE Chairman, UKBCCI said, urging the visa centre be brought back to Dhaka.

Iqbal Ahmed said this while addressing UKBCCI Business and Entrepreneur Excellence Awards-2017 at The Hilton on Park Lane.

As recognition of success, awards were given to the British Bangladeshi business entrepreneurs for their individual excellence in 12 different categories.

Bajloor Rashid, MBE, President, UKBCCI presented the welcome speech at the awards ceremony that was anchored by BBC journalist and presenter Jenny Bond.

Bajloor Rashid said, we have written our success stories in the catering sector of British economy, but our success in the other sectors are mostly ignored and unrecognised even though they bear the mark of talent and excellence. To uphold and recognise these talents on an international scale is actually the drive behind this initiative.

George Freeman, Chair, Policy Board, British government said, we need more and more businessmen for the expansion of our economy and there is no alternative for the entrepreneurs.

The British government is always keen on developing and maintaining a healthy relation with Bangladesh, he added.

Businessmen and entrepreneurs were honoured in 12 different categories this year. Latifur Rahman, Chairman and CEO, Transcom Group, was honoured with the UKBCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in the industry.

"As a Bangladeshi, I feel proud looking at the success of my fellow countrymen in the UK," Latifur Rahman said, adding "Bangladesh as a foreign investment-friendly country" and called upon the young entrepreneurs of Britain to engage in deeper collaboration with the Bangladeshi business community.

In addition, UKBCCI Special Recognition Award was conferred to first Bangladesh-born British MP Rushnara Ali and Directors' Choice Award to Muai Thai Kick Boxing Champion Ruqsana Begum, besides other recognitions including Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Inspirational Business Leader of the Year.

The guest list included, among others, Mohammad Najmul Kownyne, Bangla-deshi High Commissioner in Britain, Rushnara Ali MP of Bethnal and Bow, Ann Mein MP, Paul Sculli MP, Dr Joe Mundich, CEO, Face Market, Lord Karan Billmoria, Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman, Rangs Properties and Kamal Yakub, President, BCA.

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