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The “Living Bridge” effect on UK-India ties

2020-05-11T06:19:19+00:00February 14th, 2020|2020, The Big Story, The Big Story UK - India Global Business, UK Edition – 14 Feb-27 Feb 2020|

A first-of-its-kind research into the Indian diaspora’s influence on UK-India relations throws up not only some solid tax and revenue data but also reflects upon the intangible inputs of this 1.5-million-strong resource. Highlights: ‘India in the UK: The Diaspora Effect’ attempts to measure the Indian diaspora’s multi-billion-pound contribution to the British economy. 654 diaspora-owned companies in the UK – excluding partnerships or sole traders – have combined revenues of £36.84 billion, employing over 174,000 people. As a result of the [...]

The UK’s relationship with India will continue to flourish

2019-12-27T14:16:37+00:00December 27th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – 27 December 2019|

A British Indian entrepreneur takes stock of the changes in UK’s economy over 2019 and what this means for its relationship with India. 2019 – what a year! Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets re-elected with an enhanced majority. Brexit remains unresolved and although India continues to grow at a pace enviable to any western country, its growth rate has slowed down. The UK, with all the continuing uncertainty regarding Brexit, continued to grow as an economy, albeit at a very [...]

Several generations of Indians have enhanced UK’s diversity

2019-07-02T13:18:11+00:00June 24th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

A British diplomat encapsulates how the Indian diaspora in the UK plays a major role in creating a Living Bridge between the UK and India. I’m Head of the South Asia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the diplomat responsible for the UK’s relationship with India and for coordinating India policy across Whitehall. But that isn’t the only thing that provides a perspective on the Indian diaspora in the UK. I’m a proud member of another of the world’s [...]

The 2020s will be the India decade and the UK must act in time

2019-06-21T09:29:35+00:00May 22nd, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – May 2019|

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner presents his views on what UK’s rapidly growing exports to India mean in the context of global growth forecasts. In most of my 30-year career in business starting in 1980, British businesses viewed the Indian economy as a slow, dusty pitch where visitors would be frustrated by the lack of pace and bounce. They could occupy the crease, but it was hard to be a hero. But times have changed. Now, my main task, as Her [...]

The Indian Diaspora: The UK’s unused weapon post-Brexit

2018-05-22T14:21:20+00:00March 26th, 2018|2017/2018, Eye on Brexit, UK Edition- April 2018, Year|

Not tapping into the British Indian diaspora, which serves both India and the UK so well, is a missed opportunity. We often hear of the rich contribution made to the UK by the Indian diaspora, and of the long-standing special relationship between the two countries that has spanned centuries. According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Asian businesses generate around 10 per cent of the UK’s GDP, whilst Asians only constitute 6 per cent of the population. Furthermore, these [...]