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Amazing ABCurry Club, BIG PIE Challenge 2019 & Lots of other great activities and events to mark our 10th Anniversary year.
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Welcome to your Asian Business Connexions Monthly update.

We are delighted to share with you some of what we have been working on and our plans for our 10th Anniversary Celebrations.  This year our focus is on promoting diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity and as part of this campaign we are endorsing a series of events taking place across the North East, these include GEMARTS Masala Festival,  Newcastle Startup Week,and Durham Miners Gala.

Our next hugely popular ABCurry Club will take place on Thursday 25th April at the SME Centre of Excellence with an earlier start time at 1630.  With only a limited number of spaces and a slightly different format you must register early to attend.

On Thursday 16th May there will be a special fireside chat as part of Newcastle Startup Week at the Northern Counties Club in association with a number of Asian entrepreneurs.  The next ABCurry Club returns on Thursday 13th June at New College Durham and the following one on the 18th July at Brewin Dolphin. 

In association with Northumbria University Business Clinic, Newcastle Startup Week and the SME Centre of Excellence we bring you a series of Breakfast Briefings on the 1st Wednesday of each month, with the next one taking place this Wednesday at 930am  you can find out more and how to register HERE.

You may have heard about the North of Tyne Mayoral Elections which are taking place on the 2nd May to elect a Mayor for the new combined authority of Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity to galvanise the region, provide more autonomy and devolve powers from London.  Our own chairman and founder Ammar Mirza CBE had been the first person to publicly announce he was standing last October.  You can read his manifesto and reason for standing HERE and why he decided not to stand after careful consideration HERE.  We would encourage everyone to vote and look forward to working with the Mayor regardless of whoever gets elected.

On the 30th April at St James Park we are helping host the next in the series of Armed Forces Covenant signings for organisations to make a voluntary pledge to support our Armed Forces community.  Please do get in touch if you would like to be part of this growing network.

As some of you will be aware Nadeem Ahmad has decided to move on to pastures new and we wish him all the very best.  Whilst the board is recruiting a replacement please contact for all immediate queries.

For all general queries please contact the team on 01661 823234 where we will be very happy to help.


Register for ABCurry Club Now
ABC is delighted to be supporting the Durham Miners Gala as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations and we were proud to help organise a special fundraising day kindly hosted by Spennymoor Football Club on Saturday the 23rd March.
Asian Business Connexions is proud to support Newcastle Start Up week and feature as part of the Scale-Up Day with a fireside chat with significant Asian Entrepreneurs at the Northern Counties Club.
To find out more and secure your ticket visit
On Thursday 14th February 1pm at Fenham Barracks the PIE Charity hosted afternoon tea for the 10 finalist schools that participated in the BIG PIE Challenge. The afternoon that was supported by the Deputy Lord Mayor and Lord Lieutenancy of Tyne & Wear saw Belmont School being crowned as the most enterprising school and won £5000 supported by Mark Hill MBE as their PIE'Oneer.
To register for the next BIG PIE Challenge or find out please more contact 
Part of the #Primary2Prosperity Campaign.
2019 ABC is Celebrating 10 years of diversity and inclusion. To find out how you can get involved  and to showcase your organisation please get in touch.

Our 10th Anniversary Awards and Dinner will take place on

3rd October 2019 at Gosforth Park Hotel.
Save the Date NOW
ABC continues to support long-term unemployed individuals to explore Self-Employment through the WiseSteps 'Step up into Enterprise' Programme helping launch 50 new start-ups this year. 
For further information contact
Tune into the hugely popular Show Business radio show on Friday's between 9-11am with Ammar and Jalf and repeated on a Saturday morning. For all your views, news and one or two business clues.
Call into the show 0191 2739888 

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