British Bangladeshi Catering industry voice in the UK since 1960
WELCOME TO BCA
BCA is the umbrella organization of approximately
12,000 British-Bangladeshi restaurants and
Takeaways across the UK. It was established in
1960 to represent the Catering Industry run by
the ethnic Bangladeshis. At present, the industry
employs more than 100,000 people, mostly
Bangladeshi origin, with an estimated yearly
turnover of over £4.2 billion. BCA organises
various activities to promote all aspects of
Bangladeshi culture with priority on Bangladeshi
cuisine in Great Britain as well as in Europe.
Over the years BCA has established itself as the herald of Bangladeshi Community by facilitating, advocating and promoting the interests of the curry industry. With the passage of time BCA has grown its capacity to be able to generate huge business potentials for all suppliers, be it small cash & Carry or a giant trade body like Cobra, Kingfisher or Coca-cola.
BCA is a democratically run nonprofit making organisation having an elected executive committee taking control every 2 years. The present National Executive Council (NEC) was elected to office on 21st May 2017. The NEC is the highest forum within the BCA and three key personnel, i.e. President, Secretary General and the Chief Treasurer, run the day-today activities under the overall supervision and monitoring of NEC. Current office bearers are, President- Mr Mohammed Mustafa Kamal Yakub Secretary General- Mr Oli Khan Chief Treasurer- Mr Saidur Rahman Bipul.
BCA has been representing the Bangladeshi curry industry for the last 57 years. The Association exists to ensure that the views of the Bangladeshi Curry industry are represented in a forceful, coherent and co-ordinated way to government and policy makers in the UK and internationally. As the national trade association for Bangladeshi caterers, our primary role is to lobby with the local and central government across the UK, representing the views of the curry industry. Over the past few years BCA has remained engaged in many activities, some of them are listed below:
When the sector based pilot scheme was started,
BCA was consulted by the Home Office as stake holders. There were a series of meetings
with Immigration policy makers and as a result
thousands of our caterers were able to bring
over unskilled workers from Bangladesh under
the ‘Sector Based Scheme’. But unfortunately the
scheme did not continue and later Points based
Scheme was introduced.
We have fought immigration issues and adverse government regulation on our industry.
We provide a range of professional services to benefit our members.
We have rewarded and recognised the best Chefs and Caterers in the industry.
BCA has successfully organised annual awards events, road shows and seminars throughout the country, extending good publicity and expertise to all our members and the public.
BCA was awarded Best Ethnic Organisation for 2011/12.
With seven other catering organisations, BCA successfully lead the demonstration at Trafalgar Square in 2008 to protest against staff shortage issues. Following this and an extensive research report by BCA, Bangladesh was included in the ‘shortage occupation list’ of the points based system.
BCA has played a key role in the formation of APPG (All party Parliamentary Group) for Curry Industry.
BCA has successfully persuaded MPs to join Early Day Motions in the House of Commons to discuss immigration issues.
We have developed a collective leadership culture within the BCA by empowering regional leaders.
Finally, the success of BCA does not depend on the executive council alone. It’s the members who make it strong. In other words, to make representations caterers who are not already members should join BCA and make our voices noisier. This way we may have more probability to bring about legislative changes in our favour. May BCA go from strength to strength.
M. M. KAMAL YAKUB
It will now be our aim to take BCA to a new height.
I have the passion and with everyone’s collective support hope to drive the BCA to the next level,
SAIDUR RAHMAN (BIPUL)
If we continue to carry out the fundamental tasks positive results will follow.