Raza Samar appointed to the Board of the GBSLEP
Father-of-three Raza is director of accountancy firm RUS Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors and Tax Advisors which he founded in 1992 and now employs just under 20 staff and subcontractors.
Born in Pakistan, Raza moved to England when he was four and set up his own business after working his way through large and medium-sized Chartered Accountancy practices.
Raza, who is also on the executive committee of the Institute of Asian Businesses – part of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce – joins the Board of the GBSLEP as replacement for Paul Heaven.
Raza said: “It is my view that it is vital that we do everything that we can to encourage SMEs to be actively involved in business organisations such as the Chambers of Commerce and take advantage of networking.
I work very closely with many black and minority ethnic businesses and am fully aware of the importance of these companies to the economy in Greater Birmingham.
“Black and minority ethnic businesses do have issues, but they tend to deal with these without seeking help and accessing the opportunities available to them and I am keen to work to help change that.
“I also feel it is important that we try to influence the funding situations for SMEs, whether through the banks or alternative sources.”
Andy Street, Chair of the GBSLEP, said: “Raza’s experience in finance and as an entrepreneur will make him an invaluable asset to the LEP as we move into a new stage in our journey.
“Raza also brings to the table a valuable insight into the black and minority ethnic business community which we all acknowledge is of vital importance to the economy here in Greater Birmingham, and he will be working with other representatives of this sector to ensure their contribution helps shape our work.
“I would like to thank Paul Heaven for the important contribution he played in helping the LEP since it was established and am delighted he is continuing to support many of the funding activities in which we are involved.”
Nasir Awan, president of the Institute of Asian Businesses (IAB), said: “Raza holds a key appointment on the executive board of the Institute of Asian Businesses, which represents the largest number of Asian businesses in the Midlands.
“Raza has immense knowledge of the business in the Midlands with a client base of over 300 businesses within his accountancy practice that has been established for 20 years.
“I believe that Raza will take the knowledge and experience of various business sectors to the board of the LEP and will prove to be an asset for the GBSLEP.”