Our forthcoming Event: 

The LITE project event will highlight the history and heritage gathered from across the West Midlands relating to industrial textiles from 1950-2000.  In particular, we wish to celebrate the valuable contributions that the former textile employees  and employers have made to the overall success of the LITE project.    

The event is held at the Soho House Museum on the 27th September 2018.  

The LITE exhibition is still on at the Soho House Museum, open every Wednesday and Thursday!


Click the link below to find out more about the opening hours. 




Commonwealth Day event on the 12th March 2018

This years theme is “Celebrating the Textiles heritage” -in the West Midlands. To R.S.V.P to our exciting event,

see further details on this downloadable invitation.


Book Signing at the University of Cambridge


It is with distinct honour that we  announce our first book signing event at  Wolfson College Cambridge scheduled  to be held  on the 15th November 2017. 

The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise   will attract students,   lecturers, researchers and other professionals.  Dr. Johnson will discuss impacts of the South Asian Enterprises within social, economic and historical contexts.   The  LITE project will  be highlighted within the migration and heritage   contexts. Click  to see  the PDF publicity poster.  

Invitation to represent the work of CEAL at the International Rotary Convention in  Wales. 















Launch of the 'Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise' Project 

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) project. The LITE project is funded by Heritage Lottery Funds, its purpose is to document, collate and publicise the heritage of the textile sector from 1960s  to the end of the last century. Our demographic areas are Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.    We are looking at almost 50 years of invaluable history in the social and economic and cultural contexts and are very excited about this   pioneering work.   


Furthermore,  this ground breaking  project involves, inter-generational Interviews from  South Asian, African and Caribbean  ethnic backgrounds,  former Textile Employer’s Interviews,   Publication production, digitisation of artifacts, Heritage textile skills training and development and touring exhibition in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.


The life span of the LITE project is over 14 months, we feel that it is vital for everyone to take a keen interest in this, as it defines the cornerstone for future research and development as well as more meaningful work across the broader spectrum of the textile manufacturing in Britain.     


To reserve your place, please email us: info@ceal.org.uk or call us on 07891479255. 

 We look forward to hearing  from you!   

Click here for further information 




Celebrating the Commonwealth Contribution in the West Midlands


As part of this year’s Commonwealth Day celebrations, CEAL  hosted  a symposium, the first of its kind, to focus on the contribution of Africans, Caribbeans, Chinese and South Asian settlers to British society over the past 200 years. Activities include presentations from well-known speakers from various communities as well as musical interlude from different faith groups.

The main feature of the event was  the recognition of award-winning author Dr. Christopher A Johnson’s latest book, The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise. This landmark publication examined  the challenges and opportunities of businesses since 1809.

The event focused  on the unsung contribution of South Asian, African and Caribbean settlers to British society, over the past 200 years.


Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Time: 2.30 -5.00pm
Venue: Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, Smethwick B66 1BB.

See the Book FB pages for more up to date  information: https://www.facebook.com/ceal2020/

Our  Guest speakers: Neena Gil CBE MEP, Cllr Preet Gill (Cabinet Member for Health & Protection) Alfred Williams (Chair of Credit Unions (Wolverhampton) Dr. Christopher A Johnson (Author of ABSAE Book), Sarwan Ghatoura (Financial Advisor) & Gursharon Kaur (Student).

The Rotary presented an award of appreciation to CEAL for its innovative ongoing work.  About 500 people applauded CEAL.    The Chair of CEAL, Dr Christopher Johnson received the award on behalf of the organisation.  

It was a real moment of pride for us!


We look forward to working in close partnership with the Rotary.  


The British Indian Awards  recognises CEAL for its contribution to Education.  





CEAL was  selected as one of the finalist for the British Indian Awards.   The ceremony took  place in the Athena, Leicester on the 14 June 2017. 


Based on a vote by the British public, the awards highlighted  the value of British Indian businesses and professionals to the community and the various industries they operate in. The Awards sought to reward the entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen embodied by the British Indian community in the country. The event was  organised by Oceanic Consulting. 

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “We are delighted to see so many people getting involved in The British Indian Awards over the years. We have had a fantastic response from the public and we are looking forward to welcoming and acknowledging the most dedicated and successful British Indian professionals and businesses in a celebration of their tireless work and achievements. 

CEAL launches-  The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise book 

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) organised an event on 13 December 2016 to launch The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise, the first ever book of its kind.  The event which was chaired by Harminder Kaur Bhogal of CEAL, was hosted by the mental health charity, Kaleidoscope Plus Group http://www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk/), West Bromwich, West Midlands. 


Award-winning author, publisher and business management consultant, Dr Christopher A. Johnson, is the author of this seminal book. His represents the second in a series on ethnic firms in Britain, with the first being British Caribbean Enterprises: Challenges and Successes published in 2008, for which he received the ‘Obama Shield’ (2009).       


As a landmark publication, The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise captures the business activities of men and women including young people of Afghani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani and Sri Lankan backgrounds respectively. The book traces the history of South Asian entrepreneurship, dating back to the early 1800s to the present. It also examines the challenges, opportunities and prospects for global growth for each of the ethnic business group in the 21st century and beyond.    


Written with both a passion and flair for human advancement, Dr Johnson’s opus work, evidences the indisputable contribution that South Asians and other minorities are making to Britain’s economic diversity dividend. Since its launch, this unique publication has attracted widespread attention and interest in Britain and overseas including numerous ‘hits’ on social media. 


Among the keynote speakers at the book launch, were Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME) and Mr Arif Ali, Founder/Chair of Hansib Publications. In his keynote address, Professor Ram noted that South Asians are leading the way in creativity, innovation and enterprise development in Britain and around the world. Their contribution to society can no longer be ignored and that Dr. Johnson’s latest publication vindicated that fact. This work needs to feed into mainstream”.  


Mr Ali shared experiences of his formative years in publishing and remarked that “this latest publication will do justice to the cause that minorities have been fighting for since the last century. This new book is a fitting reward to the commitment and dedication of the author and others who are making a real difference to British society”.  


Former Director of the Institute for Asian Businesses (IAB), Dipak Shelat said “Warmest congratulations on producing such an important publication on the British South Asian community from the business perspective. Credit also to the event overall which was well organised by the excellent CEAL team, friends and supporters alike, at an excellent venue with fine hospitality throughout”.


Fifteen year olds Sharon Gloyi and Kiran Sandhu wrote, “We need more events like this to inspire other young people so that they can write too; we really like this book”.


There are plans to organise other events in the West Midlands and elsewhere to promote The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise. Readers and other followers should keep an eye on CEAL’s Events Section of the website (www.ceal.org.uk).

You can also join our Facebook Community for further updates on the book: 


Glimpses of the Launch in photographs. 

Scroll Down to see the Photo Gallery of the Book Launch. 

The Panel
From left to right: Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Chair & Organiser) Arif Ali (Hansib Publishing) & Dr. Christopher Johnson (Author) & Professor Monder Ram (Birmingham University)
The Author Dr. Christopher Johnson
Invited guests
View from the front.
Meeting the author
Books signing in action.
Media Representation
Arif Shah, a versatile radio presenter in the West Midlands
Rinder Salan from Extra Learning
Rinder Salan from Extra Learning UK Ltd proudly showing off her signed copy of the book.
Martin Levermore
(CEO) Medical Devices Technology International Limited (MDTi) & Chair of Birmingham Commonwealth Association
Book signings
Balbir Kaur Bhambra (Founder of Sikh Scouts, B'ham & Ravinder Bhambra (Secondary School Science Teacher)
Signed copy on display.
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Book signings

Balbir Kaur Bhambra (Founder of Sikh Scouts, B'ham & Ravinder Bhambra (Secondary School Science Teacher)