September 13th 2013 marked a milestone in the recognition of Asian businesses and their contributions to the town of Oldham. The book “Cotton, Curry and Commerce” was launched, celebrating the contribution to the local economy and community of Oldham made by Asian Businesses. Spanning the period from 1960’s to the present, the book tells the stories of more than 20 of the pioneers who settled in the town at that time and went on to prosper.
Written by Ed Stacey, business writer for the Oldham Advertiser the book is part of a project initiated by the members of the former Asian Business Association and steered by Kashif Ashraf for the ABA. Roger Ivens and Jo Robson of the Oldham Local Studies and Archives edited and provided additional assistance. The personal histories are drawn from extensive interviews taken by Mandeep Samra, Kashif and Ed, with the recordings available for listening at the local studies centre on Union St. These recordings and the photographs both historical and contemporary used in the book formed the basis of a moving retrospective of those personal fragments of recent history presented on-screen at the launch event which was held at the Blue Tiffin restaurant.
The attendance of the event was close to 100 persons, consisting of distinguished members of the ABA, contributors & participants in the book and representatives of supporting organisations such as as the Lottery Heritage Fund, Oldham Business Leadership Group and Oldham Council. The project was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This is our Gallery of the event, which features many familiar faces from three generations of successful immigrants to Oldham who came to this country with a dream and made it happen.
The project Cotton, Curry & Commerce was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
You can find more information about the project on their website www.cottoncurryandcommerce.co.uk where you can also view the video shown at the book launch.