The British Bangladeshi Caterers Association (BBCA) Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday, 28th January, 2018, at the Impressions Banqueting Hall in West Ham, East London. On top of the general day-to-day reports provided by the outgoing President, Eafor Ali and Secretary General, Shahanoor Khan, a specially-commissioned commemorative plaque was presented to all Founder members present at the event as well as those in absentia.
The most important part of the AGM however, was dedicated to declaring the results of the recent election and the National Executive Board members. The Election Commissioners, led by Professor Shagir Bhakth Faruk, were; Barrister, Nozir Ahmed and Accountant, Shahab Uddin, who were appointed to ensure the election process was a seamless one and that protocol were maintained at all times. It can be confirmed, the election went ahead without any issues, and was wholly uncontested. The British Bangladeshi Caterers Association 49 Paddington Street, London, W1U 4HW
The new NEB were announced by the Commissioners, with some of the key positions consisting of:
President – Cllr. Shamsul Islam Shelim , Secretary General – Salim Chowdhury ,Chief Treasurer – Tofozzul Miah , Organising Secretary – Riaz Ali ,Membership Secretary – Motin Miah, Press & Communications Secretary – Ataur Rahman
The President of the BBCA, Cllr. Shamsul Islam Shelim stated: “It is a great honour and privilege to be the President of the BBCA. I am thankful to our Founding President, Mr Eafor Ali and Secretary General, Mr Shahanoor Khan for their hard work and dedication in setting up and running the BBCA over its first term. We have a great deal to learn from them and our other senior colleagues, and I shall be hoping they will be there for the benefit of the Association and its members, as and when needed. I am also very much looking forward to getting active with my new team – consisting of some bright stars that I believe will help shape the future of this industry. More details will be posted on our website shortly as I create a plan of action, but we will be making the regional chapters an on-going priority, amongst other ambitious, but achievable plans. Our main priority however, is always going to be the membership. And to this end, we will be looking at how we can bring value to our offering, where it is but a no-brainer for them to join our organisation.”
The new Secretary General (formerly Organising Secretary), Salim Chowdhury, added the following to the President’s statement: “My main priority as the current Secretary General is to increase and proliferate our national membership. I shall be working very closely with the President and the new Membership Secretary to champion our fellow caterers and make this a meaningful association for them to be a part of. We will be making a series of announcements in the near future to this effect and shall be conveying our message to all sectors using all the tools at our disposal.”
Chief Treasurer, Tofozzul Miah, also added; “It is a great privilege to assume responsibility as the incoming Chief Treasurer of the BBCA for the 2018-2020 term. I shall be looking to work with our new board to ensure we offer complete transparency and accountability in our financial affairs throughout the next term at all times.”
Motin Miah, the new Membership Secretary stated: “My priority as the Membership Secretary will be to increase our membership and work with the catering sector to offer real and tangible benefits for both existing and new members across the board. A new and concerted membership drive will be initiated over the coming months, which I will be sharing with all stakeholders through all available channels in due course.”