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COMPETITION: WIN TWO TICKETS FOR THE #AdnanSami CONCERT IN #Leeds THIS WEEKEND

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To enter the competition to win a pair of tickets to see #AdnanSami Live in concert at #LeedsFirstDirectArena this Saturday 18th March, you need to go to Asian Express Facebook page:

1. Like the competition post
2. Leave a comment " I want to win Adnan Sami tickets"

Once you have done this you will automatically be entered into the competition.

Competition closes at 11.30 PM tonight and the winner's name will be chosen randomly and posted on our Facebook page on Friday 17th March at 11am.

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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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MOBO Awards overtakes Leeds: Grime takes centre stage

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HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

Leeds’ inaugural hosting of the annual MOBO Awards finally arrived last week, and what better way to mark the 20th anniversary than with the biggest and best event to date.

Held at the landmark First Direct Arena, thousands of fans packed inside the stadium to see Grime artist, Stormzy, walk home with two major awards, and rap duo, Krept and Konan, also pick up a double victory.

Stormzy, from London, was acknowledged with the Best Grime Act accolade and Best Male Act, beating the likes of Mark Ronson and Skepta to the latter.

It is the second year in a row that the 22-year-old has been named as the number one grime act on a night where grime came to the forefront of the music industry.

Meanwhile, Krept and Konan received their Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album trophies, telling newsbeat, all the work was certainly worthwhile.

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

Karl ‘Konan’ Wilson said: “It's been a long year. We've been touring doing shows here and there.

“There have been headaches, ups and downs but we're here now with awards to show for the hard work we've done.”

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

Meanwhile, Ella Eyre was named as the 2015 Best Female Act and Drake scooped the Top International Act award.

It was a special night for Cee-Lo Green and Lenny Henry, who both received special awards to commend their work in music and further afield.

Green, who is best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley and chart topping single, Forget You, received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: “I am honoured by this acknowledgement, especially so young in my career. And it is all the incentive anyone would need to continue doing what I love.”

Henry, who received a ‘Paving the Way’ award from Great British Bake Off’s own Nadiya Hussain, said: “It's an honour to say you've paved the way for people because my career isn't over. I don't feel like anything's finished yet.

“It's a huge honour. I'm very, very happy. It's wonderful.”

There were also wins on the night for FKA Twigs (best video), Section Boyz (best newcomers), Skepta (best song), Popcaan (best reggae act), Fuse ODG (best African act) Shakka (best RNB/Soul act), Faith Child (best gospel act), and Binker and Moses (best jazz act).

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