Asian Business Connexions aims to Connect, Support and Promote the Asian and wider business community.

We have established ourselves as a credible network that collaborates with a range of partners across the private, public and third sectors. With over 4,500 actively involved individuals and organisations we are one of the largest business and community support networks in the North East of England.

Founded by Prof Ammar Mirza CBE in 2009 together with visionary award winning restaurateur Jalf Ali the organisation has grown exponentially over the past 6 years making a significant social and economic impact. In 2011 Nitin Shukla was appointed the Chief Executive and thereafter a 14 member board established to drive the organisation forward.

• Business Start-up support including funding and finance
• Company creation and virtual office services
• Project Management
• Tendering advice and support
• Business growth and expansion services
• Legal and professional services including accountancy
• International trade advice and support
• Training and development including mentoring and coaching
• Health and safety audits
• Quality management systems
• A range of marketing design and print services, including radio advertising, print and electronic media
• Website design and production services
• Full event and award winning catering management
• Public relations and promotional services
• Insurance and financial services
• Charitable Endeavors
• ABC also has a great interest in charitable endeavors, especially when considering the community’s welfare and people who just need that little extra boost to get some work. In the past year alone, ABC was involved in:
• Newcastle College’s Asian cuisine course
• Walker Primary School’s corner shop project
• NUFC Foundation’s abseil
• The Percy Headley Foundation’s 500 Challenge

Meet Our Team

Bill Midgley

Providing a critical two-way conduit from the Asian business community through to all sectors and, in particular, existing business support providers. ABC will coordinate communications and consulting to, and from, the Asian business community in a cohesive and consistent manner; ABC will support networking between its members to facilitate shared learning, the developments of shared services through ABC and others, and the identifications of inter trading opportunities between members and using existing research, ABC will identify market opportunities for its members. It will include the development of partnerships ABC members and other businesses; locally, nationally and internationally.

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin had been the managing partner of Ward Hadaway since 1988. Ward Hadaway is a full service commercial law firm with offices in Newcastle and Leeds employing 300 people and with 60 partners. He is chairman of Newcastle College, the largest further education college in the country and chairman of Newcastle Gates head Initiative, the organisation which is responsible for promoting Newcastle Gateshead as a place to live, learn, work and visit. He was appointed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Ambassador for corporal Social Responsibility in 2007 and is a member of the Business in the Community Regional Leadership Group and the board of the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. ‘’The Asian Community makes a significant contribution to the regional economy and that mission of ABC to connect, support, promote and inspire will help the Asian Business Community to develop and make an even bigger contribution. The success of business is crucial to the welfare and well being for all sections of the North East Community. One of the great strengths of the North East is its partnership ethic and the work of the Asian Business Community is a manifestation of this culture. I am happy to give my support to Asian Business Connexions and wish every success for a successful launch.’’

Alan Brown

Alan Brown served with Northumbria Police for 33 years, retiring in 2000 as the Deputy Chief Constable. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 1996 and has a vast range of experience in Policing matters. He has lectured in a wide variety of forums including north and South America, More recently he has undertaken projects on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He pursued a second career on leaving Northumbria Police as the Home Office Regional Director for the North East Region where he had responsibility for Community Cohesion, Crime Reduction, and Neighbourhood Renewal. Alan pioneered intelligence sharing and multi agency partnership working, the forerunner of Local Area Agreements. He is currently pursuing his third career as a much sought after independent consultant as well as being both the Chairman of the North East Fraud Forum.’’


Hari Shukla

Hari Shukla, who was born in Uganda, already has an MBE and an OBE. Hari has helped bring groups of different faiths to work together. He has also worked tirelessly for communities and charities, including St Oswald’s Hospice and the West End Refugee Trust. Hari has, for many years, been engaged in local and international initiatives of Initiatives of Change and acknowledges that its moral values have reinforced him in his bridge-building work within and between communities. Dr Hari Shukla is the former Director of Tyne & Wear Racial Equality Council. He has been made a Freeman of the City of Newcastle and has been awarded an OBE. As a director of the Racial Equality Council, he advised groups around the world including the United States, Australia and parts of Europe. And, as well as playing an active role in education throughout the region, he serves as Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.’’

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