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Global Brands Out in Force at Aagrah’s 32nd Annual Business Dinner

27 October 2014, 01:12

Some of the biggest global brands gathered at Aagrah’s 32nd Annual Business Dinner 2014 and helped raise a staggering £120,000 for Aagrah’s  beneficiary  charities. The event, attended by over 700 influential business guests, was hailed a spectacular success. This year’s event had to be moved to a bigger venue to accommodate an increase in the the number of guests, nearly double from last year’s event. The magnificent setting of New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries looked fit for an Oscars ceremony. The business centric theme for this year was supporting and investing in regional economic growth, this was echoed in some of the speeches delivered by keynote speakers and highlighted the help that is available to businesses from government funded agencies.

Distinguished guest included Neeraj Arora  Executive Vice President at Sony Entertainment Network TV. The whole event was filmed for showing on Sony Entertainment Television in the coming weeks.

The dinner is designed for business engagement, to invest, do business and to help support regional economic growth. It has fast become a key platform for companies and agencies to work together and address challenges faced by businesses. Key partners and sponsors were invited to a private drinks reception prior to the event.

The Dinner also had a Royal seal of approval from HRH Prince Charles, as this year’s principle charities were Mosaic and The Prince’s Trust, both founded by Prince Charles. Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohamed Aslam MBE received a letter from HRH Prince of Wales thanking Aagrah for supporting his charites. Commenting on the letter Mr Aslam said the letter was, “humbling and we’re truly honoured to receive it.”

Keynote speakers included Duncan Bower of Westfield Corporation, a global shopping mall development company; Andy Welsh CEO of Bradford College who addressed the audience about the new £50 million David Hockney Building; and Alex McWhirter CEO of Finance Yorkshire who have an insight into to the financial support available to qualifying businesses. Partners and sponsors for the event included Kingfisher Beer,  Cobra  Beer, LWC, Pepsi, Media Partner Sony Entertainment, Tilda Rice, Bradley TV, Bradford Council and Bradford College.

The glittering dinner was hosted by Jon Hammond formerly of the BBC.

The dinner also played host to the UK’s South Asian Chef Competition Awards 2014, with the lucky winner Mushfiqur Rahman taking the coveted title and a cheque for first prize for £2,000.

The Aagrah Charity Dinner is held in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Chairman Mohammed Sabir MBE, Hons, DBS.

To date Aagrah have raised £1.7 million for numerous charities in the UK and overseas.


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