Ammar Mirza CBE Awarded 'Community Pioneer of the Year' at Muslim Business Awards
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by Asian Business Connexions
2M ago
Ammar Mirza CBE has been recognised as the Community Pioneer of the Year at the esteemed Muslim Business Awards, celebrating his exceptional contributions to the community and business landscape. As a multi-award-winning enterprise and innovation expert, Ammar's dedication to fostering growth and empowerment has left an indelible mark in the North East.   Ammar Mirza CBE has been instrumental in establishing and scaling several thousand businesses, spanning diverse sectors including property, edtech, health-tech, and investment support. His expertise in organisational growth is widely a ..read more
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Inclusion is Not Just 'Black and White'
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by Asian Business Connexions
2M ago
Inclusion ensures that there are equal opportunities for individuals from various backgrounds. But inclusion is not always clear cut; it also takes into account elements like age, disability, and mental health. Sometimes it may be easy to forget that gender and age for instance, are also factors to be considered when talking about inclusion. Recognising gender and age diversity ensures that all voices are heard and represented within organisations and society. Gender and age discrimination are prevalent in many societies, affecting access to opportunities, resources, and services. In 2024 ..read more
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InclusionByDefault Round Table 18th April 2024
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by Asian Business Connexions
3M ago
Our first Roundtable discussion was held on the 18th of April, where we had discussed ‘Faith in the Workplace’ and Muslim Heritage Month, kindly hosted by Nazmin Akthar at Womble Bond Dickinson. We had 15 attendees at our first Round Table of the campaign, including some notable figures from the North East, such as Zoe Hingston (Head of Inclusion at NUFC), Hamid Motraghi MBE (Director of Health Equity and Inclusion for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board), Veena Soni DL BEM (Director of EAL and Diversity Solutions), Louise Kempton (Professor of Urban and Regional Policy ..read more
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The Historic Devolution Deal and Its Transformative Potential for the North East
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by Asian Business Connexions
3M ago
Approximately 90% of our community—including ethnic minority business owners, community leaders, and individuals working in various sectors—are yet unaware of the profound implications this devolution holds. In the heart of the North East, a historic political transformation is on the horizon—a transformation that promises to redefine the landscape of local governance, economic development, and community empowerment. On May 2, 2024, the region will witness the election of its first mayor, a pivotal moment set against the backdrop of a ground-breaking devolution deal. This huge occasion m ..read more
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ABCurry Club March 2024: Conquering Imposter Syndrome in a Male-Dominated Industry
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by Asian Business Connexions
4M ago
ABCurry Club Highlights - 27th March 2024 This month's ABCurry Club gathering celebrated another evening of inclusion here in the North East both in discussion and dining. Hosted in the very cool and relaxed Knights Bar by Samuel Knight International, the Curry Club had another impressive turnout of about 40 guests. It was great to see some familiar and regular faces, helping connect, support and promote what we do, alongside some new faces who we enjoyed connecting with. Everyone seemed so relaxed and engaged. A great mix of different people, businesses and cultures - a true inclusive n ..read more
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Easter - Redefining Greatness
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by Asian Business Connexions
4M ago
Every day, the light of the sun reminds us we are alive, and that we owe a debt of gratitude to God for a new day, for the opportunity to begin again, to strive towards what we are destined to be. Easter is the greatest story ever told of a new day for humanity, where humility and loving service ushers’ mankind into a divine relationship with God. Each year, Christians welcome this event with a call to self-denial, a period of Lent, which often coincides with the Ramadan fast by Muslims. I have often paused to question if this was God’s way of calling us to reflect on the meaning of life? The ..read more
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Chairman's Update - 11th February 2024
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by Asian Business Connexions
5M ago
Discover Ammar Mirza CBE's week: A focus on skills - helping individuals and organisations realise their ambitions and raise their aspirations Ammar had a busy week connecting, supporting, and promoting the whole community in the North East. North East LEP Business Advisory Board: The week kicked off with Ammar chairing the Business Advisory Board with regional trade bodies and sectors leads all coming together to inform business support opportunities through Devolution.  There are significant opportunities to help better shape business support and Colin Bell - Director of Business Supp ..read more
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Inclusion by Default Conference Day: A Journey Towards Unity and Diversity!
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by Asian Business Connexions
6M ago
Inclusion By Default Highlights - 25th January 2024 At the heart of this week's journey at ABC was the Inclusion by Default Conference Day, a beacon of inspiration and unity. Led by our Chairman Ammar Mirza CBE, the day began with an energetic welcome that set the stage for a series of profound and impactful discussions. Energising Talks and Insightful Discussions: Dr. Henry Kippin took us through the nuances of driving optimal performance under the #GoodWorkPledge. He underscored the importance of inclusion in fostering a supportive environment, applauding #ABConnexions for its ro ..read more
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A Night of Inclusivity: Highlights from our ABCurry Club Event!
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by Asian Business Connexions
6M ago
ABCurry Club Highlights - 18th January 2024 Did you attend our ABCurry Club event at ,,Newcastle University Business School this month?  If not, let us show you what you missed... Imagine a Business Network event filled with delicious food, genuine connections, and thought-provoking discussions.  That's exactly what happened - and usually happens at our ABCurry Clubs! Our Chairman, ,,Ammar Mirza CBE, ignited a collective brainstorm as he took the stage, leading the charge on inclusion. With our Inclusion By Default Conference and an Expo on the horizon, he urged everyone to share th ..read more
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Chairman's Update - 17th December 2023
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by Asian Business Connexions
7M ago
Discover Ammar Mirza CBE's week: Unveiling achievements, illuminating the North East's vitality, and nurturing inclusivity in every step! Following his participation in a workshop with civic and business leaders, facilitated by the Royal Society last week, Ammar had a busy week connecting, supporting, and promoting the whole community in the North East. Scaling Up - On Monday, Ammar was part of a scale-up institute catch-up, helping develop and deliver the scale-up strategy for the region with other patterners. Ammar is the SME representative for the NELEP and plays a critical ..read more
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