ABC update March 2016





The Incredible ABCurry Club Returns Thursday 31st March 530pm kindly hosted by Excelsior Academy



The hugely popular sell-out ABCurry Club returns on Thursday 31st March 530pm.  Kindly hosted by Excelsior Academy Denton Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF. We are proud to announce that Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenan will be providing an update from Northumbria Police and will be joined by Denis Heaney from the North East LEP who will be sharing details of the Gatsby Project and Enterprise Advisors. The pupils from Excelsior Academy will be once again performing for us showing us how they really do have the X Factor both academically and artistically. You will have to grab your tickets early to make sure you get a front row seat at this exciting and entertaining event.

Demonstrating another hugely successful year of Communicating, Collaborating and Celebrating, ABC and partners bring you an interesting and engaging evening,

The food will be prepared by the award winning Excelsior team and will no doubt be a fabulous fayre.

This event is free for members and £15 for non. PLEASE NOTE AS EXCELSIOR ARE HOSTING THE EVENT AND PROVIDING THE FOOD PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENING WILL GO TOWARDS THE PERCY HEDLEY CHALLENGE 500 WHICH ABC IS TAKING PART IN, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BOOK EARLY AS WE CAN NO LONGER GUARANTEE ENTRY IF YOU HAVE NOT RESERVED YOUR SPACE. Email to reserve your space now. Kindly note that as a not-for-profit social enterprise it is critical that everyone reserves and pays for their tickets in advance.

You can either pay for the event by cheque made payable to “Asian Business Connexions” and post to The Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9PN. Alternatively by BACS, Asian Business Connexions, Sort Code: 16-26-21 Acc. Number: 10344567, RBS Grey Street. Please can you make sure your name and “ABC” is included on the back of the cheque or as the BACS payment reference.  If paying by BACS please can you email confirmation of your payment.   This is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most prominent and influential people in the North East. All joined by members of the Asian and wider Business community, with one common vision – to Connect, Support, and Promote, one another.



Save the Dates for Future ABCurry Clubs and the Annual Awards Dinner: -Thursday 28th April 530pm at The SME Centre of Excellence with Andrew Hodgson NELEP Chair -Thursday 26th May 530pm at Newcastle University Business School with Microsoft -Thursday 14th July 7pm Awards and Celebratory Black Tie Dinner with James Wharton MP Northern Power House Minister and Colonel Mike Butterwick Deputy Commander of the Army North.



ABC Members and partners are invited to Salon Pictures Show Reel Event on Tuesday 8th March 6pm.  Reservation is a must.




We are so proud to announce that ABC Founder and Chairman Ammar Mirza CBE has been recognised for his entrepreneurial spirit and selected as one of the Maserati100.  This accolade is reserved for the top 100 entrepreneurs within the UK that are giving back. Ammar attended a celebratory event with ABC Co-founder Jalf Ali at the Mayfair Hotel on the 26th February (which is why you didn’t see them both at the last ABCurry Club).  Other Maserati100’s include Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (EasyJet Founder), Dame Martha Lane Fox (Last founder), and numerous others. It was wonderful to see a range of other North East Entrepreneurs represented including Caroline Theobold CBE, Lucy Armstrong and Nigel Mills Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum who was there on the evening with Ammar.




Primary Inspiration through Enterprise


On 18th March 2016 ABC will be supporting the Project to host the largest STEM Challenge across the North East.  Every single Primary School in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle will be invited to participate. There will be two rounds to the competition and an awards ceremony for Year 6 (10-11 Year olds) pupils:


1) Two one hour timed challenges within the school.  A Hackathon and an Engineering/Science Based activity with support from local businesses and parents.


2)  Five schools from each area will go through to the second round where pupils will plan, make and sell a product within a local shop.  Each School will be loaned £100 with all profits being retained by the school and pupils. The activity will be underpinned by a formal industry recognised vocational qualification in investigating enterprise delivered by AMPM247 and accredited by NCFE.


3) An awards ceremony that will showcase our North East talent and some incredible prizes for participants..


Targeting 10 and 11 year olds this unique, exciting and ambitious Challenge will aim to engage inspire and educate our future generations in enterprise and STEM based activities.  The project helps young people realise their ambitions and aspiration, creating better life choices and improving life chances.    The PIE Project aims to counteract the current negative misconception around education and the lack of employer engagement with the intention to platform the North East as a truly committed region investing in its future generation.  We recognise there is good practice within the education sector and a whole host of employers and individuals that are already engaged.  However, we want to galvanise this interest, helping bring the whole community together for a common purpose creating a movement all around enterprise education.

If you are a local business or parent and would like to get involved in this exciting initiative then please contact or visit for more information.

Supported by a range of partners including FSB, IOD, Newcastle University Business School, Global Radio, Evening Chronicle, Wakelet, Newcastle College, BDaily, Northern Insight, NCFE, AMPM247, North East LEP, Kielder Observatory, Excelsior Academy, Spice FM, Microsoft, BQ Live, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and all of the Members of Parliament within North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland and numerous individuals.

Visit WAKELET for more information.





Invitation to participate


The China Business Development Programme North East is a collaborative project by Northumbria University and Newcastle College. The programme is funded by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, through the UK-China Enhancing Graduate Employability and Entrepreneurship Fund. It is one of only five such projects funded nationally in this manner. The China Business Development Programme North East is aligned with NE LEP priorities and the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

The purpose of the China Business Development Programme North East is to enhance graduate entrepreneurship and promote collaboration between the North East and Chinese business sectors. Up to 25 graduates from across the region will be selected for the programme through a competitive application process. Participants will receive:

  • Access to experts in the field of UK-China business collaboration through a dedicated seminar series
  • Advice and coaching in developing networks with China
  • Potential opportunity to visit China to establish business links

The project team wish to invite both SMEs and larger businesses to encourage graduates within their workforce to apply to join the China Business Development Programme North East, in order to build regional capacity for engagement with China.

Application details are available from Further enquiries can be made via The deadline for applications is Friday 11 March.



Business Support Expert Exporting Advice  

ABC is proud to be working with UKTI for 2016.We will be offering expert advice and guidance for businesses looking to export through UKTI.


If you are a local business and are interested in exploring exporting then UKTI has a range of expert advisors who work across the North East.  Remember exporting isn’t simply about widgets, if you provide services, advice, professional activities, actually anything at all, and you want to broaden your horizons then watch-out for events on the ABC Website and Newsletter. Check out the list of events by following this link:




ABC is proudly supporting the Percy Hedley Foundation and taking part in Challenge 500.  Watch this space for further information, fun and frolics by Team ABC and other participants.  If you would like to donate or support our endeavours then please email to get involved.

To find out more about the incredible local charity or to sign up to the events below contact  Sheila Coltman <> telephone 0191 238 1321





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