For over 60 years Bangladeshi chefs and restaurateurs have been serving the country’s favourite dish, the curry, and there are now more than 10,500 restaurants in the UK selling over three million meals a week. These businesses employ in excess of 80,000 people between them.
Set up in 1994 to represent this important sector of the economy, the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs has achieved considerable success over the past two decades, building up a membership of more than 2500 people and becoming a powerful force in both the UK and in Bangladesh. As the national trade association for owners of UK-based Bangladeshi restaurants and caterers, the primary role of the Guild is to lobby government, both nationally and at a local level, representing the views of the industry to decision makers and legislators. Its main aims and objectives also include the promotion and improvement of the standard of spice restaurants in Great Britain and increasing awareness amongst the general public of the positive contribution that the spice restaurant business makes to the British economy and culture.
The Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs is a national organisation with branches all over the United Kingdom, including Scotland and Wales as well as England. Branch activities include formal meetings, seminars and study days, catering supplier demonstration, exhibitions, and social events where members get the opportunity to keep up-to-date with current issues including regular updates on forthcoming legislation, as well as to meet their peers.