Powerful Backing for Enterprise

Boosting trade and supporting business were on the agenda when Sajjad welcomedPrime Minister David Cameron back to Manchester at the weekend.

The Prime Minister was answering an invitation from Sajjad to speak to business leaders and key figures from the North West's Asian community.

Sajjad Karim, Conservative MEP for North-West England, said both the UK government and MEPs were involved in important work to promote business growth. He said it was important for Britain to be at the forefront of the EU-India Free Trade Agreement currently under negotiation.

Mr Cameron praised the hard work and enterprising spirit of Asian entrepreneurs and businessmen across the region.

He told his audience at the Vermillion Restaurant that the Conservative Party and Asian community had closely-shared values and said: "We should not have two nations of rich and poor, black and white, Muslim and Christian, but one strong British nation."

The event was hosted by one of Britain's leading Asian businessmen Iqbal Ahmed, Chairman and Chief Executive of Seamark, who congratulated the Prime Minister on his policies to fight the recession. He highlighted the reduction of corporation tax, relaxation of planning permission requirements, the employment policy review and support for inward investment as factors which would foster recovery.