The best in the UK-India partnership including Standard Chartered, London Stock Exchange and The Manchester India Partnership were celebrated at a star-studded ceremony for the second annual UK-India Award. Manchester India Partnership (MIP), which capitalises on global trade, tourism and academic opportunities between Manchester and India, was presented with a Special Recognition Award… Rahul Laud reports for Asian Lite news
A highlight of UK-India Week (18-22 June 2018), the Awards were presented at a dazzling awards ceremony in London’s Mayfair, hosted by Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. The audience heard speeches from Foreign Minister Rt. Hon Mark Field MP and Guest of Honour, and The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Special guests also included Indian actor Shilpa Shetty who was presented with ‘India Inc. Global Indian Icon Award’. The special ‘Award for Significant Contribution to UK-India Relations’ went to the British Council India. Pat Saini, Partner & Head of Immigration at Penningtons Manches LLP was given the prestigious title of ‘Professional of the Year’, for an outstanding contribution to the UK and India’s winning partnership. The UK-India Deal of the Year was also awarded to Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) Ltd for the first Green Masala Bond by a financial institution. The bond was nearly two times oversubscribed – the highest in the masala space in 2017 – emphasising the continued importance of the UK’s capital markets for India’s rapid growth ambitions.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “A significant part of my job is getting the message out to our friends and allies around the world that, despite Brexit, London is – and always will be – open. It was a message I was proud to take to India last year when we took a delegation of businesses to the great cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar. And one of the most rewarding aspects of our visit was helping to forge new deals – deals that would create new jobs, opportunities and possibilities for Londoners.
“We are doing all we can to boost our links with India. Not just in the fields of business and commerce, but across our cultural and creative industries too. Whether it’s a love of Bollywood or Biryani, cricket or Kabaddi, I know our relationship today is rooted in our shared interests, our shared values and our shared way of life.
MIP, which launched in the House of Commons and in Mumbai this February, and is chaired by Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan, received the Trade & Investment Promotion Organisation of the Year Award at the UK-India Awards 2018. The Awards celebrate the innovative and path-breaking individuals and organisations that are making a significant impact on the strong global partnership between the UK and India.
MIP was categorised alongside a host of leading international development schemes, social impact funds, world-leading British cultural institutions and representative bodies for tech and digital clusters around the UK, for the second edition of the prestigious Awards.
Manoj Ladwa, Founder of UK-India Week and India Inc. whose brainchild the whole was shared, “The UK-India Awards is the perfect occasion to celebrate the bond between the UK and India and honour the remarkable people building on this winning partnership with their ingenuity, optimism and good will.
I am exceptionally humbled by the commitment of our winners and the runners-up, who make the UK-India relationship a transformative and global partnership.”
On the occasion of receiving the award Andrew Cowan, CEO, Manchester Airport and MIP chair, said ‘’To win the Special Recognition Award is a testament to the work that has already taken place as a result of MIP. This includes securing a direct Manchester-Mumbai flight with Jet Airways and welcoming more leading Indian companies like Tech Mahindra and Hero Cycles into Greater Manchester’s Indian diaspora.
“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.”
This year, the inaugural UK-India Week saw senior figures from the UK and India convene for high-level engagements and celebrations of the bond between the two countries, including Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP, International Trade Secretary Rt. Hon Liam Fox MP, Foreign Minister Rt. Hon Mark Field MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Emily Thornberry MP.