Indian beer chief comes to dinner

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Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria is the latest high profile businessman to be named a speaker at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s annual President’s dinner.

Lord Karan Bilimoria is the founding chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and in 2006 became the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.

He graduated in law from the University of Cambridge and qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young before founding Cobra in 1989, to brew a beer using a traditional Indian blend of barley malt and yeast, with maize, hops, and rice, to complement Indian food.

Lord Bilimoria joins Lord Wolfson, chief executive of retail giant the NEXT Group, at the annual dinner which takes place at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on September 26 and is expected to attract around 300 guests.

Sheffield Chamber president, Jon Stewart said: “Lord Bilimoria will compliment the region’s competency in manufacturing through his own personal story and that of his company.

“This will reflect on the fantastic brewing capability within the city region as well as the broader manufacturing competency.

“Meanwhile, Lord Wolfson will talk about the ways in which local and central Government can help and hinder economic growth in general, as well as the tremendous retail potential of the area.”

Some of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Chamber’s current charity of the Year, Sheffield Young Carers which provides support to 8-21 year olds who are caring for someone at home.

Ticket information can be found on the Chamber’s website: www.scci.org.uk.