A message from Mr. Enam Ali - MBE FIH FRSA, Chairman

Enam Ali

Welcome to the relaunched web page of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs, the national association for owners of spice restaurants and caterers. Since the Guild was formed in 1994 it has come a long way. Although our industry has changed a lot in the past 20 years, the relevance of the Guild remains as strong as ever.

I hope this website becomes a valuable tool for you, and one that you regularly visit to get news of recent developments and 'hot' topics. Today our industry faces some tough challenges and we need a body like the Guild to represent our interests and get key messages across to Government. This website has an important role to play. If you are not already a member then join us. You will have access to 'members only' guidance on key issues and the benefits of membership are such that you will quickly save time and money.

Keep coming back to the website in particular for news on our various campaigns and how you can help. The shortage of chefs is a real criss in our industry and while the Government is spending money on training colleges nothing is really happening on the ground. We need to have the Guild so that all members of our industry can speak with one voice on this issue. The real problem is the tightening of immigration rules which makes it difficult to maintain a business where it is today, let alone expand it. The restrictions on takeaways bringing in chefs from overseas is particularly harmful as around 95% of restaurants now do takeaway service.

The Guild stood against the previous Government's disasterous PBR policy and we can now see how much mess this has created. We have to stand together through the Guild to get the message across once again to this Government that current policies are harmful and will cost jobs.

The Guild has campaigned against the problems caused by the UK Borders Agency, which is now thankfully being wound down. It has taken a long time to sort this out, but hopefully the Home Office will now adopt a more sensible approach, rather than demonising restaurants who face £10,000 fines for workers found to have the wrong documents. Because of the constant naming and shaming in the newspapers the younger generation are avoiding the industry and this is another issue that the Guild has to address over the coming years. We have worked hard to get the new generation involved in the industry but these kind of policies are doing more harm than good.

We have to get the government to intervene to help us. Otherwise what was a highly successful, and fast growing sector of the economy will slowly but surely start to contract.