Conference on sustainable futures in the curry house trade
Aston University, Birmingham
9:30am 7th September 2022
Our Commissioner Sue Pritchard will be speaking at a conference hosted at Aston University in Birmingham.
Curry houses are a much-loved feature of the UK’s hospitality sector. But Bangladeshi business owners are facing challenges that often feel insurmountable. Up until recent years, their trade has provided a modicum of security for a community that faces multiple disadvantages. Urgent action is required if this much-loved British institution is to survive.
This landmark conference – co-designed and organised by Bangladeshi business owners, public agencies, and research organisations – sets the scene, highlighting the challenges facing the sector and changing nature of competition, alongside inspiring examples of innovation and strength in the face of multiple moments of national/global crisis.
Speakers include a range of Bangladeshi restaurateurs and:
The aim is to foster the development of sustainable business models through bringing a broad base of stakeholders into the conversation. We will be:
09:30-09:45: Opening and Welcome Speeches
09:45-10:45: Session 1 Setting the scene
11:00-12:00: Session 2 Lived experience: Moments of breakdown
12:00-13:00 - Lunch Break
13:30-14:30: Session 3 Lived experience: Creative responses to times of crises
14:30-14:45 - Break
14:45-15:45: Session 4 Together we are stronger
15:45-16:00: Closing reflections
Organisers – Bangladeshi caterers themselves will organise this event, supported by the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston University, Birmingham City Council, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, and the Low Pay Commission.