Celebrating the UK & India Special Relationship ‐ Winners unveiled at The Indian Awards 2018 held in the Houses of Parliament
|The second Indian Awards, organised by the India Business Group (IBG), a leading business advisory consultancy took place last night (17th May) in the Palace of Westminster.
The awards, attended by UK Home Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, recognise UK‐based individuals, businesses and organisations that have contributed to furthering the relationship culturally, socially or economically, between India and the UK.
The Awards were founded by Amarjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the India Business Group (IBG), an established thought leader on UK ‐ India business affairs and Special Advisor for India to the University of Southampton.
The UK Home Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP said:
H.E. Mr Y.K. Sinha, The High Commissioner of India said:
Following last month’s successful UK visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the gala invitation ‐only dinner and ceremony featured senior business leaders, Government officials, opinion formers and prominent members of the Indian community and guests from India and other parts of the World. Nominations were invited by members of the public and the handful of winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges and announced on the evening.
The UK’s International Trade Secretary, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP said:
The Awards ceremony was supported by a range of high profile partners, including Associated British Ports, Heathrow Airport, Invest India, the Institute of Directors Hampshire Cricket, the Lalit Hotel, Niine and Star TV Networks was the official media partner. The awards were also supported by Indus Net Techshu, Chivas Brothers, HCL, Here&Now365 and Taylor Wessing.
The esteemed judging panel was made of up senior figures, including: Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of IBG, Virendra Sharma MP, Chair of the Indo-‐British APPG, Baroness Prashar CBE, Deputy Chair of the British Council, Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner of Luthra & Luthra Law Advocates, Dr Catherine Raines, Former Director General of Department for International Trade, and Alan Fitzwater, Director of Regional Engagement at the Institute of Directors.
The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, FCO Minister of State for Asia said:
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 the award, Dr Ranger said: “It is a great honour to receive this special recognition award from the India Business Group. I am grateful to the judges who considered me worthy of this accolade. I am privileged to receive the award as last year the same recognition was bestowed upon my hero, the Former Prime Minster of the UK, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron. This award also represents India’s emerging stature and standing in the world as a positive economic and political force. The partnership between India and Britain is based on similar values and as a result, it will go from strength to strength”.
“The India Business Group is delighted to present the second Indian Awards initiative,” says Mr Singh. “The modern relationship between the UK and India is at a key juncture. Through The Indian Awards, we aim to inspire and encourage the next generation of UK and Indian entrepreneurs, facilitators and bridge builders who will take the bilateral relationship to greater heights.”
THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
1. Larger Business Award ‐ Rolls ‐Royce PLC
2. SME Award ‐ EnergyPro Limited
3. Professional Adviser Award ‐ Deepak Lalwani OBE, Founder and Chairman of Lalcap Limited
4. Entrepreneur Award ‐ Alpesh Patel, Founder of Praefinium Partners
5. Arts & Culture Award ‐ Gurinder Chadha OBE
6. Special Recognition Award ‐ Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Limited
Professor, The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chairman of India Business Group said:
Lord Deighton KBE, Chairman of Heathrow Airport, one of the partner organisations for the awards said:
Virendra Sharma MP, Chair of the Indo ‐ British APPG “The Indian Awards is an important UK wide initiative for recognising entrepreneurs, inspirational people and organisations that have championed international cooperation between the UK and India. This is an opportune moment to celebrate the dynamic UK-‐India partnership”.
Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, one of the partner organisations for the awards said: