The second Indian Awards, organised by leading business advisory consultancy the India Business Group (IBG) and supported by various high profile partners, took place on May 17 in London’s Palace of Westminster.
These awards recognise UK based individuals, businesses and organisations that have contributed to furthering Indian-UK relations culturally, socially or economically. They were founded by Amarjit Singh, CEO of the IBG, Special Advisor for India to the University of Southampton.
Closely following last month’s successful UK visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the gala invitation only dinner and ceremony was attended by senior business leaders, government officials, opinion formers, prominent members of the Indian community, and guests from India and elsewhere.
Mr Amarjit Singh said the modern relationship between the UK and India is ‘at a key juncture’, and the Indian Awards aimed to ‘inspire and encourage the next generation of UK and Indian entrepreneurs, facilitators and bridge builders’. IBG Chairman Lord Patel of Bradford OBE praised the efforts of those who have worked to strengthen the bond between the UK and India, calling the awards ceremony ‘a timely reminder about the mutually beneficial, evolving and special relationship between our two great nations’.
For British Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, the collaboration between India and Britain is ‘a force for good’ in which the two countries’ shared values were magnified,while Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors – one of the partner organisations for the awards – said the IoD was delighted to participate in the Indian Awards, ‘particularly at a time when the UK needs to turn its idea of “Global Britain” into a tangible reality… as we prepare to exit the European Union’.
H.E. Mr Y.K. Sinha, Indian High Commissioner to the UK, who presented last year’s Special Recognition Award to former Prime Minister David Cameron, extended his best wishes for this second edition of the awards.
Recipients were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges – including Virendra Sharma MP, Baroness Prashar CBE, and Alan Fitzwater, Director of Regional Engagement at the Institute of Directors – and announced on the evening.Among the winners were Deepak Lalwani OBE, Founder and Chairman of Lalcap Limited (Professional Adviser Award), Gurinder Chadha OBE (Arts & Culture Award) and Alpesh Patel, Founder of Praefinium Partners (Entrepreneur Award).
The Special Recognition Award, which applauds ‘an individual’s outstanding commitment to building UK-India relations’, was presented to Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Limited.On receiving it, Dr Ranger said it was ‘a great honour’which‘represents India’s emerging stature and standing in the world as a positive economic and political force’.
Sponsors of the ceremony included Associated British Ports, Heathrow Airport, Invest India, the Lalit Hotel, Indus Net and Taylor Wessing.