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Region’s business community come together for night of celebration

Over 250 individuals from a multitude of backgrounds came together on Friday to celebrate and embrace the cultural diversity and unity of the East Midlands.

Taking place at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium, the Chamber’s inaugural Celebrating East Midlands Culture and Communities event was a true demonstration of all that is great about our unique region.

Guests, which included Michael Kapur Esq OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, were treated to a specially-prepared fusion menu by Leicester City’s Head Chef Daniel Brazill ahead of a diverse entertainment offering; including performances from Frederick Gent School Community Choir, a Bollywood-style dance from Shiamak Winter Funk, dancing from the Leicester Bhangra Team, Caribbean dance group Xtreme Mas and music from DJ Mahesh Mistry, a specialist in Western and Asian music.

There were also speeches from Dr Nik Kotecha OBE on the impact of CSR within the local community, Chan Kataria OBE on values and company ethos and Mark Esho on overcoming obstacles to reach business success.

The three speakers were representing their businesses, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, emh Group and Easy Internet respectively, which kindly sponsored the evening.

Renowned local poet Jamie Thrasivoulou also performed his poem ‘Heart of the Midlands’, written specifically for this event.

Dawn Edwards, President at the Chamber, said: “This event saw a wonderful and vibrant mix of different sections of society all come together in a celebration which will live long in the memory. As people and businesses we are unique, but collectively, we have so much to offer.

“Last year the Chamber updated its corporate vision from ‘Enhancing East Midlands businesses’ to ‘Enhancing East Midlands businesses and communities’ and this inaugural event was a great demonstration of how powerful it can be when we all come together – both as businesses, and communities.

“I am sure this event will go on to be a firm favourite in the region’s events calendar for years to come.”

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