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Crisis curry conference in Luton

Crisis curry conference in Luton

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It’s one of Britain’s best-loved foods but sadly it’s looking naan too clever if you adore a curry.

It is a huge industry generating over £4.1 billion for the economy with over 15,000 curry houses in the UK.

Chicken curry - favourite dish.

Chicken curry - favourite dish.

Yet, it appears the industry is struggling to survive and that prompted a group of around 200 curry houses and businesses in the East of England to gather in Luton last Tuesday afternoon to debate the future.

The Catering Circle roadshow on what they call “the slow death of the curry house in Britain” took place at the Crescent Hall in Dunstable Road.

The event discussed how the industry faces an crisis – threatened with a lack of chefs, staff shortages, tax rises, escalating business costs and the emergence of technology .

Speakers included Nazia Khanam OBE, chairman of Human Rights East of England, the British Bangladesh Business Forum, Bangladeshi Caterers Association, Asian Curry Awards and Channel S TV.

Experts across a number of fields advised business owners on a whole range of subjects from immigration, the legal sector, technology and keeping up to date with accounts.

The roadshow will be followed by a TV programme exploring the burning issues within the curry industry which is due to be broadcast this summer on Channel S.