On Friday 15th March, we at YABA, like many were horrified by the devastating and tragic news from Christchurch, New Zealand. It was their home, and the 50 Muslims who died whilst in their house of worship should have been safe. YABA support people of faith everywhere and we stand behind every human’s right to be safe, to live in grace and dignity, and to worship, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation. We join the world-community in condemning the tragic and brutal hatred unleashed at the Mosques on the Muslim’s Holy Day of Prayer, and we  support the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups please visit the crowdfunding campaign if you would like to make a donation.

 Welcome to our Head of Corporate Relations Canon Keith D Madeley MBE HonF.

Keith aka ‘Mr Yorkshire’ has one of the most effective networks in Yorkshire and a high profile in the County of Yorkshire, as head of Corporate Relations YABA will receive the benefit of his wealth of experience in the corporate, not-for profit, charity and financial services sectors. In these troubled and divided times, Keith has an incredible passion for diversity and inclusion, his un-denying commitment for bringing communities together will be highlighted through this role. His success with www.mryorkshire.com is only one of his greatest achievements. His personal achievements include receiving an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2011 for service to the communities of Yorkshire and his appointment as Lay Canon of Ripon Cathedral in 2013 for services to business and education. His most recent accolade in 2018 was being made an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University, again for services to education and business.

Punjab Delegation attends the Celebrating Vaisakhi & Easter 2nd May 2019

Attending the YABA Celebrating Vaisakhi and Easter event will be Sartaj Lamba with a Punjab delegation of entrepreneurs specialising in health care and medical devices. Based in Chandigarh Punjab, Sartaj Lamba is an incredibly motivated entrepreneur and the Chairperson of the AJ Travels Pvt. Ltd. AJ Travels is a privately-owned woman enterprise with a drive to offer above excellent customer service, they are associated with CII, OTOAI, IATO and IAAI. Please get in contact if you would like to know more about the delegation.

Please click here if you want one of the a few places left for the YABA Celebrating Vaisakhi and Easter in partnership  Schofield Sweeny and LOCALIQ at the Grand Victoria Bradford on 2nd May 2019. The event will be hosted Former BBC Asian Network presenter Tommy Sandhu,

National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) & YABA Roundtable 2nd May 2019

In partnership with NAS, YABA will be facilitating a roundtable discussion about apprenticeships, work force development or using the Apprentice Levy for their workforce development plans. Mohammed Mayat Intermediary Engagement Manager National Apprenticeship Service Education and Skills Funding Agency is really keen to understand the views of YABA members.  Did you know that a YouGov survey revealed that more than one in three GB businesses (42%) are worried about maintaining quality teams in the next two years?  Findings also indicate that many businesses are doing little to improve staff retention.  Nearly a third of businesses in the region (30%) admitted to offering no formal professional development for employees despite 80% of employees saying quality training is an important factor when deciding whether to leave a job. This comes as statistics show UK plc is still lagging behind its G7 counterparts in productivity, one factor that could explain the lack of engagement, could be a perceived cost barrier. Nearly two thirds (64%) of employers don’t offer external training to staff as they believe the cost is prohibitive. This is despite most businesses qualifying for either fully or part funded apprenticeships via the Levy. Please get in contact if you would like to attend this roundtable discussion

SAVE THE DATE; YABA Celebrating Eid will be in Partnership with Yorkshire Cricket Club on 12th June 2019

In partnership with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, YABA will be hosting Celebrating Eid networking event in Leeds on Wednesday 12th June 2019 17:30 – 19:30 at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, LS6 3DP.  We are getting in to the spirt of this summer’s Cricket World Cup, this fantastic new venue that will set the tone for a relaxed yet professional evening. The event will provide lots of valuable networking opportunities, a delicious buffet provided by My Lahore, presentations by DLA Piper as well as celebrating Eid.

If you would like to attend this event please click here to register. The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are currently recruiting for 3 new trustees to sit on the board.  As a charity they are going through an exciting period of growth and would like to add to skills on the board to support their development for more information or if you would like to apply please contact:  Will.Saville@yorkshireccc.com Head of Foundation  – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation http://www.yorkshirecricketfoundation.com/

Special Offers for YABA members at Leeds Beckett’s University Business Centres

YABA members can benefit from business growth support from Leeds Beckett University. Their University Business Centres, located in Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield provide access to private office space, co-working, virtual office services and registered business addresses. The Centres offer a full programme of business support including mentoring, training, legal and financial clinics and free Chamber of Commerce membership.  Your business can also benefit from links with Leeds Beckett University including access to graduate talent, knowledge transfer support and academic and research expertise. The Centres offer excellent internet speeds with multiple gigabit connectivity.

The Centres are currently offering a special deal for YABA members to provide 3 months free Registered Business Address or if renting a workstation receive your first month free of charge.

Find out more:


E: UBC@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

T: 0333 555 8855

Leeds Beckett’s University Business Centres Current Marketing & Events Opportunities


AD:VENTURE 2-day Masterclass: Productivity – 15 May – Leeds Digital Hub (9:30-16:30)

Learn the essential measures of the efficiency of production with our expert-led masterclass that will help analyse your current performance and increase your business productivity. For more information click here


AD:VENTURE 2-day Masterclass: The Art of Selling – 2 & 9 May – University Business Centre Halifax (9:30-16:30)

This two day programme will help you to: identify your customers’ real needs, develop a great sales pitch to boost your overall sales performance, create a structured approach to the sales process, introducing negotiation principles to close a sale and take part in interactive and practical activities to boost your confidence and belief in your sales ability. For more information click here

AD:VENTURE 2-day Masterclass: Marketing for Business Success – 23 & 30 May – University Business Centre Halifax (9:30-16:30)

This two-day programme will help you to: identify who is the best customer for your business and become known by them. Understand the key differences between (b2b) & (b2c) markets. Learn how to identify your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses and recognise areas of opportunity and threat. Finally gain knowledge on how to build and promote your brand, using traditional and social media to promote your business. For more information click here

Halifax Jelly – 26 April & 24 May – University Business Centre Halifax (9:00-16:00)

Join us for a day’s FOC Co-working!! Jelly is an informal co-working event where freelancers, home workers and small/micro business owners bring their laptop or other work and work, chat and collaborate with other small business owners. Jelly Co-Working is supported by AD:VENTURE – Providing expert help and advice to growth focussed businesses, AD:VENTURE is here to help your business reach its full potential. For more information and to book your FREE place click here: April May

Welcome to our Corporate Members

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) is a not-for-profit social enterprise, set up to provide flexible finance to Yorkshire-based SMEs that will help them thrive and grow when other lenders can’t fully assist. Founded in Bradford in 2004, BEF began lending to small businesses in the local area with an initiative to encourage growth in the economy and provide a positive impact on job creation and communities. In that time, we have helped launch over 1,000 businesses, creating or safeguarding 3,000 jobs and adding £125m to the region’s economy. Please visit: www.befund.org

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) approved for British Citizenship, Settlement and visa applications.

Trinity provides SELTs across the UK. SELTs are taken by people who need to demonstrate their English language level for the purpose of obtaining British Citizenship, Settlement or a visa for work or study. Trinity has 10 SELT centres across the UK with tests available up to 7 days a week in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London Croydon, London Hammersmith, London Holborn, Manchester and Peterborough. Information about the SELTs offered by Trinity can be found at trinitycollege.com/SELT or call us on 0333 358 3183.

Squire Patton Boggs is a full-service global law firm with a multidisciplinary team of over 1,500 lawyers in 47 offices across 20 countries.  The firm has deep roots in the Northern Powerhouse with a heritage stretching back to the 1880’s in Bradford and now has offices in Leeds and Manchester.  The firm’s India Practice is comprised of more than 100 lawyers globally and has dedicated team members in key locations, including Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York, Washington DC, Dubai, Shanghai and Perth. The firm was delighted to have won International Law Firm of the Year at the 8th Legal Era Awards, held in Mumbai on 16 March 2019. The Legal Era – Indian Legal Awards recognize legal finesse, innovation and the accomplishments of legal practitioners, in-house teams and law firms. Please visit: www.squirepattonboggs.com

Shenward Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors are an established and ambitious firm of Chartered Accountants based in Bradford and Leeds (acquired Cox Costello in 2018) offering audit & accounts, tax, HR & payroll and advisory services. With a team of highly qualified and experienced individuals who provide professional support to businesses based nationally and internationally. The firm prides itself on providing exceptional client service to their clients through a fresh and modern approach to working. Their enthusiastic team are dedicated to providing clients with the level of personal service which they deserve. The expertise and strong culture of teamwork, professionalism, excellence and accountability has seen to attract a diverse and vibrant range of clients, businesses and individuals alike, who operate in a broad range of sectors.

Bradford Means Business Awards Thursday 18th July 2019

Bradford Means Business Awards  Thursday 18th July 2019 Grand Marquee City Park Bradford for more information please contact Steve Lowe steve.lowe@localiq.co.uk Bradford Means Business is a website and magazine celebrating all that is good about business in Bradford. Bradford Means Business is produced by the Telegraph & Argus.


Become a member of the Yorkshire Asian Business Association
Our mission is to help businesses achieve their ambitions.
We can support your business by offering market leading business services from our team of panellists and experts, YABA membership benefits include free advice from our team of panellists and experts

YABA Membership also includes YABA Enews  please click here for overview of previous E-newsletters and Invitations to regular networking events  please click here for short videos of previous events.

Cost of YABA Membership is only £25 per year click here to join

For any observations, comments or further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sharon Jandu
Managing Director
Yorkshire Asian Business Association


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