Broth­ers hope for more af­ter awards dou­ble

Accrington Observer - - OBITUARIES -

WITH just a week left to get nom­i­na­tions in for this year’s Hyn­d­burn Busi­ness Awards, a for­mer dou­ble win­ner is hop­ing to taste suc­cess again.

The Balti House restau­rant and take­away in Rish­ton has been nom­i­nated for the an­nual awards, hav­ing scooped the Cus­tomer Friendly award and Food ti­tle at last year’s cer­e­mony.

Broth­ers Mah­moon, Hus­sain, Mah­fooz and Ha­roon Rashid opened the High Street busi­ness in 2001 af­ter ren­o­vat­ing the prop­erty from the cel­lar to the roof. And they say that recipes handed down through the gen­er­a­tions and first class cus­tomer ser­vice are the se­cret of their suc­cess.

Hus­sain, who cooks as well as be­ing head of op­er­a­tions, said it was a great achieve­ment for the whole team to win the awards. He said: “Be­ing nom­i­nated by our cus­tomers has made us strive to achieve even more. It has also bonded us with our cus­tomers be­cause of the sup­port they have shown us.

“It is an ex­tremely well or­gan­ised com­pe­ti­tion and an ex­cel­lent way to ac­knowl­edge all the dif- fer­ent busi­nesses that are in this area. We are also de­lighted that our cus­tomers have again nom­i­nated our busi­ness for the 2018 awards.”

The broth­ers’ great­grand­fa­ther Raja Mirza Khan used to run a small road­side curry café in Nako­dar in Pak­istan back in the 1930s. Recipes from those early days have been pre­served and have been rein­vented for to­day’s cus­tomers.

In the 1960s their fa­ther Raja Mo­hammed came to Eng­land and ini­tially he was based in Lon­don and Sur­rey and worked in fac­to­ries. He came to Black­burn in 1977 and be­gan sell­ing whole­sale fruit and veg­eta­bles and in 1985 had a ware­house at New Smith­field Mar­ket in Manch­ester where he im­ported Asian food and dis­trib­uted across the North West.

Hus­sain added: “Our fam­ily has al­ways been in­volved in the food in­dus­try and our mother Zahida is a great cook and she has passed on her knowl­edge, her recipes and her curry mixes.

“We put our suc­cess down to the grace of God, our par­ents’ praise, the hard work of our team and only cook­ing the best meals for our cus­tomers so they en­joy each and ev­ery morsel. We are proud to call Rish­ton our home.”

To nom­i­nate log on to http:// www. hyn­d­burn­busi­nes­

Nom­i­na­tions close on Thurs­day, April 19.

Liz Hall

Mah­moon, Hus­sain and Mah­fooz Rashid with Ken Shack­le­ton from the award spon­sor at last year’s Hyn­d­burn Busi­ness Awards

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