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Arun Bajaj chairman of Birmingham trade body

Bajaj replaces Gurjeet Kaur Bains who, after being the organisation's first woman chairperson, steps down after two years.

business Updated: Mar 23, 2007 10:17 IST

Arun Bajaj, a prominent dental surgeon turned media entrepreneur, has been named as the new chairman of the Birmingham-based Institute of Asian Businesses (IAB).

He replaces Gurjeet Kaur Bains who, after being the organisation's first woman chairperson, steps down after two years. Bajaj, managing director of the Birmingham-based Radio XL, had previously been vice-chairman of the IAB in 2003.

The IAB works in close coordination with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The two organisations are involved in facilitating trade linkages between companies in the Birmingham area and India.

Bajaj was a dental surgeon and specialised in oral and maxillo-facial surgery at Good Hope Hospital for 12 years. Alongside dentistry he was also involved in developing the family business, KMS Ltd, which trades in the import and export of motor parts.

For the past 12 years he has been managing director of the largest Asian commercial radio station outside London, Radio XL. He also sits on the Regional Advisory Council for ITV Central Television.

Bajaj said: "One of my aims as the new IAB chairman is to promote yet further the cultural diversity in the West Midlands, which in turn will enhance and assist the growth of new and existing businesses."

Andeep Mangal, of Thapers Chartered Accountants, has been named vice-chairman of the IAB. He has been a committee member for the past four years, playing an integral part in the organisation of several IAB annual dinners, as well as being a member of the Birmingham Chamber council.

He is also a key player in the regional Institute of Chartered Accountants, as well as being board secretary of the West Midlands Institute of Directors.

Mangal said: "Of all of my external activities, working with the IAB is the one I am most passionate about as it closely mirrors my work role where I provide support for micro and small businesses."

The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of Britains' oldest and largest Chambers and represents nearly 4,000 companies that employ over 300,000 people in Birmingham and Solihull.

It offers extensive services to industry and commerce, having served the interests of business for over two centuries, promoting trade locally, nationally and internationally.

First Published: Mar 23, 2007 10:09 IST