Omar Khan (businessman)

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Omar Khan
NationalityBritish
OccupationEntrepreneur
Known forOmar Khan's restaurant
Bradford Bulls

Omar Khan is an entrepreneur best known for the Indian restaurant chain of the same name and as the owner of the Bradford Bulls.[1]

Khan has also been noted for his community and philianthropic work in his home city of Bradford.[2] Omar Khan is no longer a part of the Bulls due to ill health.

Career[edit]

Omar Khan's Restaurant[edit]

Khan initially opened his Bradford restaurant in 1984, under the name Shah Jehan as owner and head chef, later moving to larger premises in the centre of Bradford and shifting to Omar Khan's to avoid name confusion. Over the years the restaurant has garnered a number of accolades including the Best in Britain Award in 1997, 98 and 99 award presented by the real curry restaurant guide. Omar Khan was also awarded the Hot Stuff Chef Of the Year 1994/95 by TAARO and Housing & Environmental Protection[3]

Over the years Omar Khan's has hosted a number of celebrities and political figures including Frank Bruno, Trevor Mcdonald, Tony Blair and Ed Miliband.[4]

In 2011, a second branch of the restaurant opened in Skipton.[5]

Bradford Bulls[edit]

On 31 August 2012, as the sole director of OK Bulls Limited and with the support of Labour MP and former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe, Khan purchased the Rugby League club. Joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle announced the sale stating, "My main duty as administrator is to get the best return for creditors - and this was the best deal on the table. Omar Khan has also passed the Rugby Football League's test as being a 'fit and proper person' to run a rugby club as well as being a passionate fan of the Bulls".[6]

Since taking on ownership, Khan has announced ambitious plans to transform Odsal Stadium into the "Wembley of the North"[7]

Community and philianthropic work[edit]

Khan is engaged in a number of ventures aimed at benefiting the community in Bradford such as OK In The Community which helps provide housing, independent living and support services to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues and the OK Academy, which provides training for unemployed and disadvantaged youngsters[2]

Khan also supports a number of local, national and international charities. In 2005, he helped raise £35,000 for the Telegraph & Argus South Asian Earthquake Appeal[8]

In 2009, Khan was appointed as Asian ambassador for Bradford City football club[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bradford Bulls: Omar Khan consortium buys club". 31 August 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "Bradford businessman Omar Khan's 'last venture' is to breathe fresh life into his beloved Bulls". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Health Advice - Chiropody - Foot Health". www.resthof.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Gallery of Omar Khan's Bradford". www.omarkhans.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "£200,000 restaurant to open in Skipton". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ Association, Press (1 September 2012). "Future of Bradford Bulls resolved as Omar Khan buys club". Retrieved 27 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: New owner of Bradford Bulls tells of his plans for club". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Fundraising dinner shows Bradford's caring side". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Khan targets City's appeal to Asians". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 27 March 2019.