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February 2017 Your business 29 Who’s who on the Asian Business Association committee John Athwal, managing director, Premier Decorations Limited Indian winter Deputy High Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik welcomed Asian Business Association members to India House before Christmas at an event which featured the impressive business and investment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh, one of the most vibrant Indian states. The evening was sponsored by digital media specialist Here and Now 365 whose managing director Manesh Tiwari gave the vote of thanks, and Khukuri beer. www.ap.gov.uk | www.hereandnow365.co.uk | www.khukuribeer.com John Athwal is managing director of Premier Decorations Ltd, UK’s number one importer of Christmas decorations, which he founded in 1987. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious ‘Asian of the Year’ Award. Premier Decorations has been winner of the best Christmas Supplier for many years. RecentlyAtwhal has started his own property portfolio. Additionally, he works tirelessly for his chosen charities - he is on the organisational committees for Make-AWish Foundation and The Fence Club. www.premierdec.com Asian Business Association factfile The Asian Business Association (ABA) is a special interest group within the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry which was created in 1995 by Lord Noon in recognition of the huge contribution Asian businesses make to London’s economy. It has since developed to become the premier voice and forum for Asian businesses in London. The ABA specialises in the needs of Asian businesses and helps create the best economic conditions in which businesses can flourish, locally, nationally and globally. Objectives • provide a voice for the London Asian business community and represent their views to the media, local and central government • provide business networking events that enable companies to make new business connections and to enhance their business skills and competitiveness • facilitate international trade and investment • attract Asian businesses to London Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership. ABA services The ABA’s activities include business networking events including dinners, meetings and receptions with inspirational and high-profile speakers. Past guests include James Caan, David Cameron, Gucharan Das, Shekhar Kapur, Nick Clegg, Boris Johnson, Sir Mervyn King, Atul Kochar, Anwar Pervez, Trevor Phillips, Alec Stewart, Lord Sugar, Sir Mark Tully and Danny Alexander. ABA events attract audiences from Asian and non-Asian businesses. The ABA also provides practical advice and help for Asian businesses through information and targeted campaigns. It works in close partnership with the Mayor of London’s office and has produced reports on the contribution of Asian businesses to London’s economy. As the ABA membership is a part of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership, ABA members get access to all the benefits of the Chamber membership. For further information contact Sabina Baluch at baluch@ londonchamber.co.uk Follow ABA on Twitter @LCCI_ABA Kotecha joins fashion start-up LCCI board member Nish Kotecha has joined Fabacus, a London fashion tech company backed by New Look founder Tom Singh. In his role as chief financial officer Kotecha will head up a £10 million fundraising drive for global expansion, seeking investors from the UK and overseas. Fabacus provides retailers with the technology to see where goods are, what they cost and whether they are ethically manufactured. It has secured more than a dozen contracts with High Street chains and has ambitions to become the ‘salesforce for fashion’. Kotecha is a former chairman of the LCCI’s Asian Business Association and his stellar career has included time at JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers and investment group Sphere Partners which he founded. https://fabacus.com


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