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Yorkshire Powerhouse dinner: First Direct Arena set to welcome 34th annual Aagrah business dinner

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DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

Two of Yorkshire’s leading companies, the First Direct Arena and Aagrah Restaurant Group are proud to announce an exclusive working partnership, leveraging their respective strengths in the hospitality and entertainment sector.

The two will come together for the first time for the 34th annual Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Dinner, set to take place this year on 10th October2016 at the renowned Leeds arena.

The strong and strategic fit will see the companies deliver large scale premier business and social events, with Aagrah’s award winning Kashmiri and international cuisine served up at the world class venue.

The Aagrah Dinner is widely acknowledged as the platform to network, connect and engage. The huge success of last year’s dinner, attended by close to 800 business guests was covered by TV and press media alike.

Every year the prestigious black tie dinner focuses on a current business topic to showcase the region and its success in a bid to encourage investment to fuel further growth and development, to be a major player on the world’s business stage.

The dinner is in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Chairman, Mohammed Sabir.

The evening will combine five key Yorkshire hospitality Awards, networking opportunities, speakers, a sumptuous five-course banquet dinner and great entertainment. The event will also be filmed and broadcast on a major Sky channel as a show.

Yorkshire’s economy mirrors its size and diversity: with finance, legal, manufacturing, medical, digital, retail, food, agriculture and nuclear all strong sectors contributing to a healthy economy.

On top of this, tourism in Yorkshire is worth over £7 billion which is more than the total tourism expenditure of many other countries such as Ireland or Denmark.

Yorkshire & Humber have the largest concentration of food and drink businesses in the UK, contributing £1.7 billion to the regional economy.

All of this and more will be recognised at the awards dinners later this year.

As well as commending the enterprising minds amongst us, the Annual Dinner also supports charities that benefit the region. This year’s two beneficiary charities are Macmillan and Weston Park Cancer Charity, Sheffield.

Companies wishing to book a table (£950 for a table of 10)  at the Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Dinner 2016  can contact Taz Azmi, Media and PR Manager for the Aagrah Group on 07951 370028 or email taz@aagrah.com.

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33rd Annual Aagrah Business Dinner

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SPEECH: Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE, thanked the hundreds of guests for their support on the night

SPEECH: Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE, thanked the hundreds of guests for their support on the night

Business leaders raise £125,000 on record-breaking night

Over 800 guests turned out for the 33rd Annual Aagrah Business Dinner last weekend as records were broken on a glamorous night in Rotherham.

Organised by the Yorkshire-based Aagrah Group of Restaurants, influential business guests, including CEO’s, Managing Directors and other key decision makers, attended the hot ticket event, helping to raise an amazing £125,000.

For the first time since its inception, the charity business dinner was held outside West Yorkshire at the magnificent Magna Science Centre.

Representatives from regional, national and global brands turned out in force to one of the biggest business events of its kind, with the dinner widely acknowledged as a fantastic platform to network, connect and engage.

Keynote speaker, Lord Karan Billimoria, wowed guests with his truly remarkable and inspirational speech, whilst entertainment was provided by India’s biggest dance academy, performing spectacular and glittering routines with a troupe of dancers.

ENTERTAINMENT: Those in attendance were entertained by a troupe from India’s biggest dance academy

ENTERTAINMENT: Those in attendance were entertained by a troupe from India’s biggest dance academy

Meanwhile, guests were treated to a lavish five-course Aagrah banquet which included a theatrical 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 ‘Northern Powerhouse’ - a proposal by the government to boost economic growth in the North of England. The North, in particular Yorkshire, has some of the largest and most successful companies with their head offices based in this part of the country.

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

Aagrah is the UK’s and Europe’s largest Kashmiri restaurant with 15 branches employing 500 staff.

With a share in the home dining market, through their popular Tarka Cooking sauces, available in Asda and Co-op, the company has grown into a nationally recognised brand.

BUSINESS: Over 800 guests gathered for the annual business dinner at the Magna Centre

BUSINESS: Over 800 guests gathered for the annual business dinner at the Magna Centre

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, to benefit local, national and international charities.

With generous support from their sponsors and supporters,  they have raised over £2.1 million. This money has transformed the lives of many and all ages. This year’s beneficiary charities are Weston Park Hospital Cancer charity, in Sheffield, and Mosaic.

The Dinner also played host to an award ceremony for the South Asian Chef Competition (SACC).  In a very close fought contest, judges eventually awarded the title to  Mariappan Sethurajapillai, from Deli 6 Restaurant in Sutton, winning  first prize of £2,000 and a membership of Craft Guild of Chefs.

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