The Ismaili Centre, London
London, 13 January, 2016 — Nick Boles MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was at the Ismaili Centre in London to discuss the new National Living Wage and why it is good for business and the economy. The discussion addressed a number of aspects, including the policy's likely impact on businesses at large, and also certain sectors relevant to members of the UK Jamat.
Thirty years ago, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened an Ismaili Centre in the heart of London. The first such high-profile centre to be conceived, it has over the past three decades facilitated new relationships and an improved understanding within British society of both the Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the wider Muslim ummah.
The Ismaili Centre, London was opened on 24 April 1985 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. They were joined by government ministers, members of Parliament, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.
Shining a light on contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, the fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts took place at venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in October – November 2014. As a partner of the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events that celebrated the cultural diversity of the Silk Road.