Companies and business leaders from across the UK have been honoured as part of The Indian Awards 2018.
The awards aim to recognise UK-based individuals, businesses and organisations that have contributed to furthering the relationship culturally, socially or economically between India and the UK.
Last Thursday’s ceremony at the Palace of Westminster was attended by home secretary Sajid Javid and India’s high commissioner to the UK, Mr Y.K. Sinha, as well as business leaders, government officials, prominent members of the Indian community and guests from across the world.
The event was organised by business advisory consultancy the India Business Group (IBG), while this year’s judging panel included 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.
Award nominations came from members of the public, before category winners were chosen by the panel.
- Larger Business Award, Rolls-Royce plc;
- SME Award, EnergyPro Limited;
- Professional Adviser Award, Deepak Lalwani OBE, founder and chairman of Lalcap Limited;
- Entrepreneur Award, Alpesh Patel, founder of Praefinium Partners;
- Arts & Culture Award, Gurinder Chadha OBE;
- Special Recognition Award, Dr Rami Ranger CBE, chairman of Sun Mark Limited.
Mr Javid said: “As home secretary, I am delighted to be able to attend the 2018 Indian Awards ceremony, which recognises outstanding contributions to the UK–India relationship.
“The UK is one of the world’s oldest democracies, and India the largest. Our collaboration is a force for good – our shared values magnified by the ‘living bridge’ formed of a breadth of personal, professional, cultural and institutional ties. With so much in common, it’s only natural that Britain and India continue working together to make our people, and the world, safer and more prosperous.”
Mr Sinha added: “Commencing last year, the Indian Awards recognises and celebrates the outstanding work done by individuals, businesses and organisations in the UK, who have contributed to strengthening the UK–India partnership in recent years.”
Special Recognition Award
The evening’s 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 Ltd.
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.”
Main image: L to R – Lord Patel of Bradford OBE; H.E. Mr Y.K. Sinha; Home Secretary Rt Hon Sajid Javid and Amarjit Singh, founder of Indian Awards.