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12th year celebrating the best of the British Bangladeshi community.

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The British Bangladeshis have made their own place in multicultural Britain with contributions in their respective fields and have been playing a major role in the growth of this country. The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who publication emphasises the success of the Bangladeshi community and showcases it to both the British and Bangladeshi community in the UK. Paul Scully Deputy Chairman, Conservative Party, Right Honorable Iain Duncan Smith, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Timms former Shadow Minister Work and Pensions, Anne main President conservative friends of Bangladesh, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs,Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Raushan Ara, Cllr Victoria Obaze Speaker London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Humayun Kabir were present as special guests along with other dignitaries and leaders of Bangladeshi community at the 12th anniversary British Bangladeshi Who’s Who award ceremony and gala dinner. The enormous event was held on 12th of November at Meridian Grand in London.

In his speech, Paul Scully praised highly of the work of British Bangladeshis and also emphasised on the invaluable contribution they are making as the integral part of British society. He also congratulated the award winners. In his speech, Right Honorable Iain Duncan Smith praised highly of the work of British Bangladeshis and also emphasised on the invaluable contribution they are making as the integral part of British society. He also congratulated the award winners.

The programme was Introduced with the opening remarks by Suhana Ahmed - Executive Editor of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who, also welcomed guests. The event was presented by most outstanding and highly accomplished presenters of present time, Ronnie Mirza and Nadia Ali.

Abdul Karim Goni, Founder of the publication said “We have reached our first milestone as we celebrate the 12th year of this publication and launch gala dinner. From humble beginnings the publication has grown at an exponential rate and so has the launch gala dinner. We have unearthed some of the real gems of our community. As it grows we also find the challenge of limiting the number of profiles to a sensible quantity because the reality is that there are just so many successful British Bangladeshis, all with their own unique stories.

However the publication features what we believe to be a good selection of individuals from various walks of life representing the wealth of success to be celebrated amongst this unique and wonderful community.

I hope you enjoy this edition and I hope this is the first of many milestones for this publication".

Suhana Ahmed - Executive Editor of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who said, “This year I find myself filled with a sense of contentment as I write this knowing that the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who has now made it to its twelfth year. The Publication is all about celebrating the best of the British Bangladeshi community. The Publication is about you and your wonderful contribution to not only your community but also to Britain.

We must not forget the reasons behind this publication, and the rationale is two-fold: Firstly, I and all those involved with this publication sincerely hope that those who feature in this year’s edition will be positive role models for the younger generation.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, at a time when various factions of the media and society are questioning the value of migration, this publication serves not only to dispel some of the myths about migrant communities but also highlights the positive socio-economic contribution made by the Bangladeshi community to Britain.

This year, like previous years, we will be awarding some meritorious individuals, who we believe have gone that extra mile. Amongst them, there are some household names and some rising star.

The Bangla Mirror Group started publishing the first English weekly newspaper for the British Bangladeshis known as ‘Bangla Mirror’ in October 2002. Since then the organisation has rapidly expanded and also publishes the highly successful British Bangladeshi Who’s Who, an annual publication that list the profiles of the best of the British Bangladeshi community in the UK.

Special guests who attended the event were Ahmed Us Samad Chowdhury JP Chairman Channel S tv, Chairman of UKBCCI Bajloor Rashid MBE; prominent businessman Siraj Ali , Editor of Bangla Post Br Tarek Chowdhury, Former President of BCA Nur-Ur Rahman Khandaker Pasha MBE, Former President of BCA Mustafa Kamal Yakub, Chairman of Mole Valley Council Cllr Jehangir Haque,Cllr Nasim Ali, Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury, Managing Director of Weekly Janomot Amirul Choudhury; journalist and community activist K M Abu Taher Choudhury, President of London Bangla Press Club Emdadul Haque Choudhury, Managing Director of Channal S Taj Chowdhury, renowned community activist Aziz Choudhury; Vice Chairman of Channal S Abdul Haque, renowned businessman Atique Islam Choudhury, Director of Prime Estate Agent Kazi Arif; renowned businessman Abdul Malique, renowned businessman Mohammad Abul Lais, Renowned businessman Monir Ali; Managing Director of Apex Accountancy Kamru Ali , Director JMG Air Cargo Monir Ahmed, CEO and Managing Director of Beani Bazar Cancer and General Hospital Mohammed Shab Uddin, Director of Mahbub and Co Mahbub Murshed, Director of CareWorld Ayub Khan to name but a few.

The awards were given to those who made significant contributions in the community as well as in the mainstream.

Cllr Barrister Nazir Ahmed FRSA received award from deputy chairman of Conservative Party Paul Scully , who was accompanied by Managing Director of Meridian Grand Nikkita Mulchandani.

M Altab Syed received his award from former secretary of state for work and pensions Honorable Iain Duncan Smith, who was accompanied by chairman of Channel S Ahmed Us Samad Chowdhury JP.

Mahee Ferdhaus Jalil received his award from President of Conservative Friends of Bangladesh Anne Main, who was accompanied by Founder of the British Bangladeshi Who's Who Abdul Karim Goni.

Kamrun N Khanom ( Shuva Matin) , received her award from Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs, who was accompanied by vice chairman of Probashi Palli Group Emdad Ahmed. M A Munim received his award from deputy chairman of Conservative Party Paul Scully and Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Raushan Ara, who was accompanied by Director of Prime Estate Agent Kazi Arif.

Sheikh Aliur Rahman received his award from Speaker of Tower Hamlets Cllr Victoria Obaze , who was accompanied by Director of JMG Cargo Monir Ahmed and Managing Director of Khan Associates Sams Uddin Khan.

Muhibur Rahman muhib received his award from former shadow minister work & pensions Stephen Timms , who was accompanied by Legal consultant of Saint Martins Solicitors Barrister Lutfur Rahman and director of Dream Spas Abdul Kuddus.

The Bangla Mirror Group has been publishing the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who since 2008. The publication and event was the brainchild of the father and son. This year’s publication consists of 270 individuals including medics, journalists, lawyers, businessmen, accountants and others from various walks of life.

The Bangla Mirror group who were behind the publication boast an impressive team, Managing Editor of Who’s Who Shoeb Kabir, Barrister Anwar Babul Miah, Koyes Uddin, Mohammed Ali,Sabia Khatun,Zakir Karim, Rahmin Karim, Faruk Miah MBE , Ahad Ahmed ,Sadik Karim, Sajia Afrin Choudhury, Tanvir Hasan also present at the event. The 2019 publication and gala dinner is sponsored and supported by numerous organisations and businesses, which include our lead partner Meridian Grand. The event managed by Pearl Advertising.

The media partners of the gala dinner includes Channel S, G10 Design & printers, Janomot, Bangla Post, Impress Media, International Media. The chosen official charity partner for this year’s event is Global Aid Trust.

Organisations who supported the 2019 event : Probashi Palli Group, Khan Associates, Study Uni, Saint Martin Solicitors, JMG Cargo, Prime Estate Agent, Apex Accountancy, Bluestone Finance, Euroasia food Service, Midnight Garden, Dream Spas, Purple i, YaHajji, Portman State Agent, Littlestone Crown Solicitors, Prestige Construction Group, RCI Accountancy, M-R Solicitors, EXIM Exchange Company (UK) Limited, Standard Exchange Company(UK) LTD, Hussain Travels, Al-Qibla Hajj and Umrah Travels and Tours, Vantage accident management group, Imran Travels, General Auto and London Expo.

The Bangla Mirror Group is indebted to those who have supported this publication and continuing to do so, as without the community’s support the publication and gala event of such magnitude would never be possible.

The evening was capped off with excellent entertainment by prominent singer Laboni Burua and Shamz Tamanna, and lavish dinner served by outstanding catering by the Meridian Grand.

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