The Manchester India Partnership (MIP) has retained its title of Trade and Investment Agency of the Year at the 2019 UK-India Awards.
MIP was established in February 2018 to build and strengthen trade, investment, cultural, and educational ties between the two regions. It was shortlisted for the award alongside Trade and Invest Wales, techUK and the City of London Corporation.
The third annual UK-India Awards was marked by a star-studded ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. The event once again celebrated innovative and trailblazing individuals and organisations that are making a significant contribution to the strong global partnership between the UK and India.
Lord Karan Bilimoria won the award for Significant Contribution to UK-India Relations, while Sir Mark Tully took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. Global Indian Icon of the Year went to Kunal Nayyar, the Hounslow-born actor best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on the US sitcom the Big Bang Theory.
The evening’s winners were chosen by an all-female jury which included Shalni Arora, CEO, Savannah Wisdom; Deborah D’Aubney, Director, General Counsel, Rolls Royce; Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, Former UK Cabinet Minister, and recipient of India Inc’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017; Gina Miller, Founder of True and Fair Foundation; Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives; Falguni Nayar, Founder of Nykaa.
Manoj Ladwa, founder and CEO of India Inc, said: “It is an honour to celebrate the achievements of those paving the way for future, positive UK-India relations.
“The winning partnership between the UK and India is fostered and enhanced by inspirational figures at the cutting edge of technology, innovation, business, international relations and culture. The UK-India Awards and 100 Most Influential reflects the breadth and depth of those championing this flourishing and dynamic global relationship. This evening is dedicated to them, and their work for the winning partnership between the two nations.
“We at India Inc. love to finish this stimulating week on a high, amongst friends, partners and esteemed guests. It was a particular highlight to have an acclaimed list of female jurors, whose trusted expertise was instrumental to the evening’s success.”
Over the past 18 months MIP has delivered numerous business events across both regions, engaging with hundreds of businesses to identify bilateral opportunities and secure investment. The group also commissioned The Northern Powerhouse and India: Unlocking the Opportunity report, which demonstrated the collaborative opportunities for £400m economic development between India and the North of England.
Following 2018’s award win, Andrew Cowan, chair of the MIP and CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “This is a proud moment for the region and we look forward to the positive and sustained impact MIP will have on supporting the local economy, on tourism and how relationships between the business community and academia will be enhanced in years to come.”
The full list of winners and categories at the UK-India Awards 2019 were:
- Fund of the Year sponsored by KKR – SoftBank Investment Advisers
- Social Impact of the Year sponsored by British Asian Trust – BT
- Startup of the Year sponsored by Infosys – Maanch
- Consultancy of the Year sponsored by State Bank of India – Sannam S4
- Market Entrant of the Year sponsored by Observer Research Foundation – OYO
- Law Firm of the Year – Baker McKenzie
- Deal of the Year – EverSource Capital / Lightsource BP
- Trade and Investment Promotion Agency of the Year sponsored for Confederation of Indian Industry – Manchester India Partnership
- Finance Organisation of the Year – AXIS Bank Limited
- Special Arts & Culture Award – The Troth, Akademi