The ‘curry mile’ in Rusholme, Manchester, is situated just two miles south of the city centre in an area which is densely populated and has a large contingent of students. Subsequently, the area’s restaurants and takeaways, with their late-night opening hours, enjoy a roaring trade, not only from the students but also from the wider community, with many restaurants filled to capacity on weekend-nights. This popularity has opened up many opportunities for the Bangladeshi community in Manchester.
Business and job opportunities come in many shapes and forms. Of course, there are the obvious; owning a restaurant or take-away, and the positions of chefs, kitchen assistants, front of house staff, and cleaners which naturally follow.
However, there are many more opportunities that arise when businesses become successful. The services of accountants, solicitors, business advisors, shop fitters, construction workers, tradesmen and suppliers are all required by the businesses occupying the ‘curry mile’. These service providers in turn will need a range of staff with varying skills in order to function successfully.
More investment in business naturally leads to more jobs for the community, which in turn brings more money into the community, meaning there is even more opportunity for further investment and spending in areas such as housing, clothing stores, and all the usual community focused commercial and cultural amenities.
The popularity of the ‘curry mile’ also offers a chance for unrelated business opportunities in the form of traditional arts and crafts outlets, daytime-opening cafes, convenience shops, and taxi companies, to bring even more consumers to the area.
All of this means that the Bangladeshi community in Manchester can now experience more possibilities and scope for employment and investment than ever before. This leads to a more affluent and cohesive community that also forms a basis for future generations to carry on the development and success instigated by their predecessors.