Abdul Muhaimin is a successful entrepreneur and one of the most influential persons in the UK curry industry. He was born in the year of 1968 in Bangladesh Kosua, Maulvi Bazar. He is the son of late Mr Kadar Miah. Abdul has been a businessman for 30 years and made his fortune by working in the British curry industry as a restaurateur since the 1970’s when he was 16 years of age under the command of his late father.
Abdul Muhaimin Miah
British Bangladesh Chamber
of Commerce and Industry Ltd.
His father had already three established restaurants in the 70’s which were in Soho, Wimbledon and Northwood when he joined the family business. Abdul grew up in Middlesex and completed his O level at Northwood School in 1984.
In 1989 Abdul launched his first business which was an over 100-seater restaurant in Caversham called the Bina Tandoori which turned out to become a flagship restaurant in Reading and won many awards over the years for being the best restaurant in the South-East England.
Following the success of the Bina Tandoori, Abdul ventured out into opening 11 more restaurants across the UK under The Bina Group and also started the training of his new managers and chefs to be able to deliver the high standards of the service and fine cuisine to his customers which are the crucial parts to run a restaurant successfully.
In 1991 he met with the founder of Dine Bangladeshi, Mr Enam Ali MBE, FIH, and together with other fellow restaurant colleagues, they set up the first Dine Bangladeshi Campaign to highlight the success of Bangladeshi cuisine and to change the perception of the British people and highlighting that “95% of Indian restaurants in the UK are owned and run by Bangladeshis”. With media support, the campaign was a huge success and British people understood the difference.
After the huge success of the Dine Bangladeshi campaign, together with other fellow restaurateurs they decided to launch the Guild of Bangladesh Restaurateurs in 1994 which is a national trade association for restaurateurs and caterers in the curry industry to gain better banking rates, insurance premiums and increased purchasing power throughout the country. As the national trade association for owners of UK-based Bangladeshi restaurants and caterers, the primary role of the Guild is to lobby government, both nationally and at a local level, representing the views of the industry to decision makers and legislators. Its main aims and objectives also include the promotion and improvement of the standard of spice restaurants in Great Britain and increasing awareness amongst the general public of the positive contribution that the spice restaurant business makes to the British economy and culture. The GBR achieved its objectives successfully and was officially recognised by the UK Government for its £2.5 billion contribution to the economy. Abdul was occupying the role of General Secretary for the GBR and helped over 1,000 restaurants over the years.
Alongside these responsibilities Abdul has been working for various charities which included the diabetic hospital in Reading and Bangladesh.
Abdul has worked with the Mayor of Reading to set the twinning of Reading and the Southern Island. He is also the founder and director of the British Bangladeshi Chamber of Commerce and Industry [BBCCI]. He has worked with many trade delegations including the 2017 Global Challenges in Dhaka-Bangladesh with the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron as the keynote speaker; and also worked with both countries such as Foreign Direct Investment and trade deals within Bangladesh and UK. In the year 2002 he started investing in premium locations residential properties in Gulshan which is located in Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh. In 2003 he also extended his investment towards hotels such as the Boutique Hotel in Dhaka. In addition to investing in properties in Dhaka, Abdul built a 12-storey tower iconic building in the heart of Moulvi Bazar called Shahmustofa Garden City which became the first unique high-rise building in Moulvi Bazar. Now Abdul has started to venture out in the fishery and agriculture industry in Bangladesh and in the UK he has built up a property portfolio of over £10m which consist of converting four large properties into studio flats and apartments which is still under expansion. He feels, the fishery and agriculture has a huge potentiality in Bangladesh. The government should put emphasis on providing assistance to this sector.