East Lancashire groups recognised in Muslim awards

Blackburn Food Bank was among the nominees

Blackburn Food Bank was among the nominees

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

EAST Lancashire organisations have been recognised the first British Muslim Awards.

The inaugural event honoured the achievements of Britain’s Muslim individuals, groups and business people, and highlighted the work of Blackburn-based Euro Garages and the Foodbank project.

Members of the Muslim community rallied together to collect food for the borough’s needy people in the run-up to Christmas, gathered five tonnes of goods and subsequently gained a nomination for the community award.

Councillor Salim Sidat, who spearheaded the Foodbank campaign, said: “Nearly 10,000 nominations came in from across the country so to be in the running was very good, I’m chuffed.

“It proved to us what we can do together, regardless of race or religion, we can work together and achieve something great.

“But I do think people should be inspired to do what they can regardless of whether there’s an award in it or not.

“Our main aim was to work for the community, as far as we are concerned, people should work together in this time of need.”

Coun Sidat and his team of six fellow organisers worked into the night while they were collecting the food, checking no items were out of date, separating them out by category and tidying up afterwards.

He also spent his own money on the project, covering the food and travel expenses of volunteers. He said: “The awards were the first time we had all managed to get together since the project and now we have more planned, which is another reason it was such a good night.

“There were so many inspirational and genuine people there.”

The group’s celebrations were bittersweet, as they shared the knowledge that community members in Blackburn are going to have their work cut out for them in the near future.

Coun Sidat said: “The food issue is not going to go away.

“The benefit cuts and bedroom tax are going to hit us really badly, disproportionately and unfairly so compared to other places in the country.”

Euro Garages was nominated for business of the year, recognising brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa’s corporate acumen.

The pair have grown their firm from scratch in 2001 to owning 70 forecourts and producing aturnover of £305m.

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2:55pm Thu 31 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

Euro Garages is a fairly new company who has succeeded in their business achievement and by all means their efforts have been rewarded well.

Goog luck to all of you!
Euro Garages is a fairly new company who has succeeded in their business achievement and by all means their efforts have been rewarded well. Goog luck to all of you! sen c ble
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6:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

drunken donut says...

Would you be reporting his if they were non Muslims? No they would just be people collecting for charity.
Would you be reporting his if they were non Muslims? No they would just be people collecting for charity. drunken donut
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7:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

drunken donut wrote:
Would you be reporting his if they were non Muslims? No they would just be people collecting for charity.
First of all my comment meant to read 'Good'.

Seondly I don't know which planet you live on or whether you are aware of any such related business awards to other companies within the boundaries of East Lancashire for their performance in the business sector, but because of the contents of your post, it explains why you are so bitter and why you prefer the word 'drunken' as your username!

Maybe your knowledge of recipients being honoured with prestigious awards for their great achievement will increase if you would care to refer to the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards article in general dating back several years and hopefully you'd comment accordingly!
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Would you be reporting his if they were non Muslims? No they would just be people collecting for charity.[/p][/quote]First of all my comment meant to read 'Good'. Seondly I don't know which planet you live on or whether you are aware of any such related business awards to other companies within the boundaries of East Lancashire for their performance in the business sector, but because of the contents of your post, it explains why you are so bitter and why you prefer the word 'drunken' as your username! Maybe your knowledge of recipients being honoured with prestigious awards for their great achievement will increase if you would care to refer to the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards article in general dating back several years and hopefully you'd comment accordingly! sen c ble
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