The UKBCCI receive a warm welcome in Watford

A  report on the UKBCCI Networking Event and New Year Celebration in Watford

With the launch of the  United Kingdom Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce last year, the very first of our Networking Event was held at the Prince of Bengal Restaurant in Watford on  Monday,  January  5th, 2015.   We also took the opportunity to celebrate the New Year.   This function was hosted by  Saif  Alam, the new Director of UKBCCI. It was well attended and supported with over 60 people from near and far. Many were so inspired that they signed up on the day to join this new organisation.  A very good  menu had also been prepared on this happy occasion.

Watford_10 copy

In his personal message in the printed copy of the Programme for the day,  Saif extended his cordial welcome to all the  VIPs  and guests,  and looked forward to hearing and learning more of the exciting news and vision of the UKBCCI.

A  Loyal Toast was proposed by Councillor Steve O’Brien from the  Herts  County Council;  with another  toast to  Bangladesh by Councillor Rabi  Martins from our local Watford Borough Council.   The audience was also entertained to a short video presentation on Bangladesh.


The UKBCCI were in Watford in early January with their roadshow. Click here to see footage.

The first key-note speech was made by  Mr Iqbal  Ahmed,  OBE, the Chairman of  UKBCCI,  who had come all the way from  Manchester to join our celebration. He complimented the good and hard work done by President Bajloor Rashid MBE and his Team.  He also outlined his vision on how we could work together and move forward to achieve our goals and visions.

Mr Bajloor  Rashid MBE, the President of  UKBCCI  followed with the second key-note presentation.   He gave a brief but clear explanation on the  Mission of  the organisation and how potential members might enjoy the benefits once they join this new body.   President Rashid also took time to introduce some of the Board of Directors, including the two new ones,  Mr Oli Khan and Mr Saif  Alam, and members of the Watford Branch. He also thanked  Saif and his friends in hosting this event.

Many of those attending this function have been personal friends and contacts of  Saif , and they  included  Mr Sanjay  Purohit , the  Trade Commissioner from the Canadian High Commissioners  Office in  London, and  Mr Steve McQueen , a Senior Relations Director of  Lloyds Bank plc from  Stevenage.

The final Vote of Thanks was given by  Barrister  Anawar  Babul  Miah.

Photos  and  article  prepared  &  presented  by  Mr Johnson Wong, who also performed as our Master of  Ceremonies on this occasion.