One of Manchester’s most popular Indian restaurants is to go on sale after a colossal falling out between its founders.
Royal Nawaab, the buffet restaurant and banqueting hall on Stockport Road, Levenshulme, has been embroiled in a bitter court dispute as a result of years of feuding between the founders, Tariq Mahmood Malik and Mahboob Hussain Junior.
At a High Court hearing last month, Judge Stephen Davies described how Tariq and Mahboob had started out as joint owners and shareholders in the business, which has been a hotspot for Asian cuisine since it took over an old cinema in 2003.
But by 2007, as his relationship with Mahboob soured, Tariq stepped back from the business and his son Asad – who is married to Mahboob’s daughter, Atikah – took up the reins.
With time, Tariq’s wife, Nusrat Tariq, and Mahboob’s wife, Mirza Begum, also became shareholders in the business.
However, in 2016, Tariq fell out with members of his own family – his wife Nusrat included, with whom he was by then estranged, as well as his son Asad, and another younger son, Usman, who by then were both shareholders in the business and were supportive of their mother.
On top of this, Tariq’s family remained on good terms with Mahboob, his co-founder, former friend and in-law. As a result of this fall-out, which Judge Stephen Davies said ‘appeared to be irreversible’, Tariq was removed as a director.
Subsequently, the judge has now stated that the ‘most sensible way forward’ is to have an expert valuation on the property and the partnership half share of the business so that Tariq’s interest could be sold to some or all of the others.
But in an unexpected twist in January, Tariq said that he didn’t want to sell his share of the partnership assets to Mahboob and instead wanted the Stockport Road property sold on the open market.
And that wasn’t the end of the drama, as the plot thickened further in March when Tariq offered to buy out Mahboob for £2.2 million – though this was eventually rejected by Mahboob’s lawyers.
With Tariq then pressing for the business to be sold off, and Mahboob still wanting to buy Tariq out, Judge Stephen Davies decided on a compromise: There should be sale according to the court’s terms, and that if no sale proceeds, Mahboob should buy out Tariq.
Judge Davies said: “The court has a discretion not only as to whether or not to order a sale, but also the manner in which any sale should be conducted.
“That is particularly important in this case, since in my judgement there is a very real likelihood that Tariq’s true motive in pressing for an order for sale is to attempt to increase the price by engineering a bidding war, and I am satisfied that it is necessary to ensure that the provisions in relation to any sale should be tailored so far as reasonable to prevent him from doing so with impunity.”
He then ordered a ‘full and fair’ valuation of the property and the business so that Tariq, Mahboob and any of the other defendants can make bids ‘as should any third party who wishes to do so.’
Huge protests taking place in Manchester and UK this weekend over soaring cost of living
Thousands of people are set to protest the government’s response to the cost of living crisis
Thousands of people are set to take to the streets across the UK this weekend in protest of the soaring cost of living.
Enough is Enough – a campaign group calling for the government to take action against the ongoing cost of living crisis – has so far organised rallies in fifty different towns and cities across the country for this Saturday (October 1st).
Manchester is one of the cities involved in the mass protests, with a rally due to begin at 12pm at Piccadilly Gardens.
Other locations also staging protests include Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ellesmere Port, Preston and Sheffield.
The campaign wrote on its official Instagram account: “It’s time to say #EnoughlsEnough.
“No to handouts for the rich and hardship for the rest. This Saturday, October 1st, we’ll be protesting in 50 cities and towns across Britain.
“Main protests on listed graphic but dozens more on the website. Join the campaign today to find out about your local event.”
Enough Is Enough was established by trade union and community organisation leaders over the summer in a bid to ‘push back against the misery forced on millions by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, shoddy housing and a society run only for a wealthy elite’.
The campaign has five demands:
- A real pay rise.
- Slash energy bills.
- End food poverty.
- Decent homes for all.
- Tax the rich.
Back in August, Mayor Andy Burnham threw his support behind the movement, with him attending a protest in Manchester on August 30th.
Speaking to Channel 4 news outside of Manchester Cathedral ahead of the rally, Burnham said: “I go round this city all the time. People are scared. They don’t know how they’re going to get through.
“People’s resilience is already low. Their mental health is low. How are people going to get through?”
Visit the Enough Is Enough website for more information on the movement and any protests happening near you.
All primary school kids to get free breakfast as part of Labour’s childcare plan
Labour hopes to fund the plan by reversing Kwasi Kwarteng’s abolition of the 45p higher tax rate
All primary school pupils will receive free breakfast under Labour’s newly unveiled childcare plan.
Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson will announce the plan at the Labour conference in Liverpool today, where she will reveal that all children regardless of wealth would get a free morning meal.
Currently, schools are only eligible for free breakfasts if 40% of their pupils come from poorer families.
Labour say the plan would cost roughly £365million, and would be funded by reversing Kwasi Kwarteng’s abolition of the 45p higher tax rate.
The reintroduction of the tax rate would bring in an estimated £2billion, with the remaining cash to go towards a recruitment drive of NHS doctors, nurses and midwives.
Phillipson also hopes the pledge will reduce childcare costs for parents who need to start work early.
She will say at the conference today: “Labour will build a modern childcare system. One that supports families from the end of parental leave through to the end of primary school.
“As the first step on that road, we will introduce breakfast clubs for every primary school child in England, driving up standards in maths, reading, and writing, and giving mams and dads choices.”
The Association of School and College Leaders said of the plan: “Not only is this important in terms of wellbeing, but it is also educationally important as pupils are not in a fit state to learn if they are hungry.”
Research by KidsHealth.org showed that high protein and fibre-rich breakfasts help to boost children’s attention span, concentration and memory, all of which are essential for good performance at school.
By reducing the stress of the morning routine for families and children, breakfast clubs can also help to improve behaviour and attendance.
Sam Bailey, the headteacher of the Forest Academy in Barnsley, said after the launch of their own free breakfast club: “Pupil behaviour has improved dramatically and attitudes to learning are the best they have ever been.”
Manchester ruled out of hosting Eurovision 2023
BREAKING: The decision now lays between two northern cities
Manchester has been ruled out of hosting the Eurovision song contest for 2023 as the shortlist for cities is cut from seven to two.
The BBC has announced today that Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield have been axed from the shortlist of wannabe hosts for the competition.
This leaves Liverpool and Glasgow as the last standing contenders.
The BBC said the two remaining cities, which both have riverside arena venues, had ‘the strongest overall offer’.
A final decision will be made ‘within weeks’, the broadcaster added.
If Liverpool is selected as the host, the competition would be staged at the 11,000-capacity dockside M&S Bank Arena, which is next to a conference centre and near the city centre’s hotels and rail links.
In Glasgow, alternatively, the 14,300-capacity OVO Hydro venue would play home to Eurovision.
Liverpool and Glasgow will be scored on a set of criteria, the BBC said, including:
- “Having a suitable venue and sufficient space to deliver the requirements of the Song Contest.
- “The commitment that can be made by a city or region to hosting the event, including the financial contribution.
- “The strength of the cultural offer which includes off screen local and regional activity as well as showcasing Ukrainian culture and music.
- “And alignment with the BBC’s strategic priorities as a public service broadcaster, such as providing value to all audiences and supporting the creative economy in the UK.”
It was announced last month that the UK would host the annual song contest for the first time in twenty-four years after organisers decided it could not go ahead in Ukraine – who won this year’s competition – due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The UK came in second place thanks to Sam Ryder’s smash-hit ‘Spaceman’, prompting the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to open talks with the BBC.
A statement from BBC director general Tim Davie read: “It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
“Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.”