Brothers hope for more after awards double
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. hyndburnbusinessawards.co.uk/.
Nominations close on Thursday, April 19.
Mahmoon, Hussain and Mahfooz Rashid with Ken Shackleton from the award sponsor at last year’s Hyndburn Business Awards