Vocabulary (fill in the gaps) - Diploma 2003

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in the gaps with the following words, there are two extra words, then press "Check" to check your answers :

confectioner - success - family businesses - job - shopkeepers - shop - luxury - employs - negotiate - expanded - owns - successful - request

THE FIROKA GROUP

The story of the Firoka group is one of a young, energetic and entrepreneur who was exiled and who had to adapt to a new country. It is the story of a wealthy man who is only 46 years old but who several London hotels, 2 golf courses, a large country estate in Oxfordshire and Oxford United Football club.

Firoz Kassam was born in Tanzania, West Africa, in the 1950s. He was one of five children. His father was a . His mother died when he was still a child and he had to share responsibility for his younger brothers and sisters.

Firoz Kassam was part of the large Indian community in Africa. During the time when large parts of the African continent were occupied by the British Empire, Indians were encouraged to migrate there to form a well-educated middle class of , engineers and doctors. By the late 1960s, many newly independent African countries had begun to resent* the fact that their commercial economies were dominated by Indians. Some countries expelled their Indian residents, forcing them to abandon their and leave the country. Firoz Kassam was one of the many who came to Britain.

Arriving in Britain at the age of nineteen, he found his first in an Indian take-away food shop in South London. There he washed plates and cooking utensils. By 1970, he had opened his own fish and chip in Brixton. It was very successful so Firoz bought a bigger building and turned it into a cheap « bed and breakfast » hotel. Thanks to this second financial success, he was able to with banks for further loans and was able to open more hotels. By the mid-1980s, Firoz Kassam controlled eighteen cheap hotels in South London and was planning to construct a one.

The recession of the late 1980s hit Firoz badly. Although the banks repossessed many of his hotels, his business was not totally destroyed and he was able to recover. Through the 1990s his group of hotels developed and . The Firoka group hundreds of people. Firoz Kassam is fourteenth on the list of the richest Asians in the world.

*resent : dislike, be angry about

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