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Aagrah’s 34th Annual Business Dinner

12 October 2016, 12:33


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The Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Awards 2016

Business leaders of some of the biggest global brands and top CEOs of the region gathered to celebrate and recognise outstanding success of the Yorkshire region at the Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Awards dinner. The dinner is the biggest of its type with 800 influential business leaders making great business connections.

 Yorkshire based Aagrah Restaurant Group’s 34th Aagrah Annual Business Dinner broke all records as the biggest and most successful of the Aagrah Annual Business Dinners to date.

Over 800 influential business guests including many CEO’s, Managing Directors and other key decision makers, attended the hot ticket glamorous event which raised £130,000. The business dinner was held in the heart of Leeds at world renowned First Direct Arena.

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Keynote speaker Sir Gary Verity delivered a powerful speech on the Northern Powerhouse that highlighted outstanding contributions from the Yorkshire region to the national GDP.

For the first time the event brought together the leader of Bradford City Council Susan Hinchcliffe and Leeds City Council leader, Judith Blake on the same platform to address the audience, demonstrating a message of unity between the two great cities.

Yorkshire has some of the largest and most successful companies head offices based in this part of the country.

Entertainment was provided by India’s biggest dance academy, now in London, who put on a spectacular and glittering performance with a troupe of 25 dancers.

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Guests were treated to a lavish 5 course Aagrah banquet with a dozen mouth watering dishes, including a variety of delicious canapes and a starter of smoked salmon and king prawns, followed by an extravagant whole leg of lamb per table, gently cooked to perfection with rave reviews by guests.

The prestigious black tie dinner focuses on a current business topic with this year’s theme of The Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Awards.  The five award category winners presented on the night were:

 LWC – Restaurant of the Year: Devonshire Arms, Burlington Restaurant, Skipton.

Nigel Brunt from Devonshire Arms was presented with the award.

DLA Piper – International Trade: Proper Maid

Proper Maid CEO, Allison Whitmarsh was presented with the award

Kingfisher – Real Taste of Yorkshire Award – Yorkshire Provender 

Dave Sparrow, Financial Director- Yorkshire Provender was invited to accept the award.

Welcome to Yorkshire – Investment of the Year – Virgin Trains 

Paul Smith of Virgin Trains accepted the award.

Cobra –Services to Industry Winner: TV celebrity chef Brian Turner,  

Brian Turner was presented with his award before flying out to a working trip to Dubai. He sent a recorded video message.

Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL, said, “It’s great to see so many people here, we are truly grateful to everyone for their support in particular our lead partners, Cobra, Kingfisher, LWC, Pepsi and Tilda; without whom this would not be possible”.

Aagrah is UK’s and Europe’s largest Kashmiri restaurant group with 14 branches employing 400 staff.

Aagrah also have a share of the home dining market with their popular Tarka cooking sauces, which are available in Asda and Coop stores.

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Aagrah’s fundraising is done through their charity wing, Jannat Welfare International Trust, in memory of Sajid Sabir, the late son of Aagrah’s Chairman, Mohammed Sabir, MBE, Hons Dbs to benefit local, national and international charities. With generous support from our sponsors and supporters, in particular, Cobra, Kingfisher, LWC, Pepsi, Tilda and Sony, they have raised over £2.1 million to date.  The money has transformed the lives of many people of all ages. This year’s beneficiary charities are Macmillan Cancer Support and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Hospital, Sheffield.

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