Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL – Appointed and Granted Commission to be a Deputy Lieutenant
17 October 2016, 09:58
Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mr. Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL was presented with his Lieutenancy Warrant and Badge of Office by the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe at a ceremony hosted at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham 4th October 2016.
The appointment as Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of his sustained and notable contribution to the County of West Yorkshire, and appeared in the London Gazette prior to this ceremony. Mr Aslam will assist the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, who is the Queens representative within the County,
Mr. Aslam has been at the helm of the successful family business for nearly 4 decades.
There will be a number of events where the Lord Lieutenant is unavailable and he will attend in her place – “I will do whatever is required of me,” he said. “I’m very honoured to be offered this opportunity to further help the community.”
“From a business point of view, we like to support the communities in which we work and this is an opportunity for me to do something further for the people around West Yorkshire.”
Aagrah Restaurant Group was setup by Group Chairman, Mohammed Sabir,MBE, Dbs, in 1977. It is an independent family business with 14 sites throughout Yorkshire. The company is UK and Europe’s largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain.
Mr. Aslam has worked with both community and industry initiatives such as schools and colleges to inspire and promote the industry and region. He also developed the national South Asian Chef Competition to recognise and reward talent from the hospitality sector.
His passion for food has led to both national and international recognition over the years, boasting not one, but two, International UK Chefs of the Year awards.
Mohammed Aslam was also awarded with a Special Recognition accolade at the British Curry Awards 2013 by former Prime Minster David Cameron. The prestigious award acknowledges his significant contributions to services to industry. The 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous standing ovation to Mohammed Aslam, in appreciation of his commitment and dedication.
Today Aagrah Restaurants not only run the restaurant chain, the company also has a highly successful Event Catering business providing outdoor catering nationwide ranging from 50 to 5000 people. They also have a share of the home dining marketing through a range of Aagrah Tarka Cooking Sauces available in Asda and Coop stores.
Aagrah also plays host to the biggest event of its kind, the Aagrah Business Dinner, in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of the Aagrah Group Chairman Mohammed Sabir MBE Dbs. Now in its 34thyear, the event is attended by over 800 business guests who collectively generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the economy.
The company employs 400 people and over the years has raised over £2 million pounds for charitable causes.