Former President

BAJLOOR RASHID MBE

Former President - Bangladesh Caterers Association

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Mr Bajloor Rashid MBE is a successful British Bangladeshi entrepreneur and businessmen. He first gained prominence in the early 1980s as the young entrepreneur of the booming curry industry, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Bangladesh Caterers Association, the largest body of curry house owners and served as its national President since 2006.

Mr Rashid has established numerous business entities both in the UK and Bangladesh. His efforts include three state-of-the art restaurants, one property company, one insurance company, one hospitality resort and three Medicare service institutions including a 500 bed medical college hospital in Bangladesh.

In addition to business career, Mr Rashid is a dedicated social worker and has always been in the forefront of all community movements. A member of various community organizations, he is one of the most senior Director of BBCC. He has built an enviable reputation of being a dependable, hard-working, honest and courteous person. A man of great integrity, Mr Rashid is extremely dedicated to his family and work, and is entirely peace-loving.

To be elected as a BCA President winner requires clear demonstration of leadership at the industry and in the community. Sometimes that comes by sacrificing time that other businessmen commit to strengthening their own profit performances. Mr Rashid was clearly an outstanding restaurateur whose work load was challenging and whose success rate put him among the top of his peers. But since 1990s he changed his priorities and committed most of his times in community upliftment and social service.

It is the breadth and intensity of his leadership experiences that defines Mr Rashid most completely. He got elected as president of BCA, the Bangladesh Caterers Association UK, one of the nations oldest, largest, and most-respected community organizations. He joined the association in the 1980s and quickly established himself as a highly confident and able restaurateur with strong potential for leadership. He was destined to become one of the few restaurateurs to attain every rank within the Bangladeshi catering community.

His many career highlights include becoming either director or chairman of 20 different successful companies where he created hundreds of jobs. He says ‘The best way to address social injustice among the have-nots is to teach them skills and get them employed’. He ensured that the members who join BCA have every opportunity to not only develop their business and social skills but also build up their leadership and philanthropic abilities.

As the President of BCA, his inspirational leadership of the great Trafalgar Square demonstration, aimed at drawing govt attention on the problems of curry industry led to Skilled Chefs being included in the shortage occupation list of UKBA in 2008. The impressive leadership, inspirational ability and drive and enthusiasm Mr Rashid has shown throughout his career for all aspects of ethnic business and community lives made him a nationally known figure among those who made significant contributions in community development and cohesion.

Mr Rashid has worked hard to build up a substantial support network of agencies, working closely with the UK Govt, with No 10, Home office, Ministers, UKBA, MAC, police, members of Parliament, to help support the BCA programmes and the lives of half a million people directly and indirectly dependent on curry industry. His work has been recognised by sitting and immediate past Prime Ministers when they sent messages of support to the BCA programmes and also by newly elected leader of opposition Mr Ed Miliband MP who singled out Mr Rashid’s contribution by making a special mention to his name in a video message in front of 1200 invited guests.

Mr Rashid is passionate about both passing on his expertise to a new generation and raising the profile of the UK curry industry. He said: "We are a community built on curry industry, with the blood, sweat and tears of manual workers, each of whom were proud to do what they did. Perhaps as a nation we need to give our kitchen-staffs the recognition they deserve and improve the perception and social standing of manual workers’.

A huge believer in on the job education and "giving something back", and knowing how much it helped him, he now works on plan to produce skilled man power for the curry industry from within UK. By promoting education, training, respect and honesty, Mr. Rashid instils in young people a real sense of purpose and belonging.

Mr Rashid is married with four children and permanently lives at Ashford, Kent, some 55 miles southeast to London.

Mr Bazlur Rashid was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honour's list of Her Majesty the Queen for his life long contributions in the British Bangladeshi Curry Industry.

On hearing about the MBE award, Mr Rashid said ''I m delighted to be named in the Queen's new year Honours lis of 2012. It is a tremendous honour and I feel very humbled to be included in such a list of worthy recipients. Many people in the Honours list have made huge personal sacrifices and contributed significantly to society during their lives. I feel very fortunate to be in their company. I share this moment of great joy with all fellow caterers and express my gratefulness to all of them, collectively and individually , for supporting me over the last many years. I treat this honour as the royal recognition of my community as a whole."

Bajloor Rashid MBE Investiture Photographs

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