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.
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 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.