The former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said he is proud to receive recognition for his work to cement relationships between the UK and India.
Mr Cameron made the comments as he was presented with a special recognition award from India Business Group, which Lee Peck Media is helping to raise the profile of in the south.
The former Prime Minister joined Rajesh Agrawal, Entrepreneur and Deputy London Mayor for Business in being honoured at The Indian Awards 2017, organised by the India Business Group and held in the Houses of Parliament last week (22 June).
The Special Recognition Award which applauds ‘an individual’s outstanding commitment to building UK-India relations’ was presented to David Cameron by H.E. Mr Y.K Sinha, the High Commissioner of India to the UK at his London Office.
In a pre-recorded message at the London ceremony, Mr Cameron said: “It is a huge honour to accept this award and I am absolutely passionate about the relationship between Britain and India. It is a relationship based on common interests, a relationship based on the extraordinary strengths of the British Indian Diaspora and Britons working in India. I am proud of the amount I have done to help build this relationship that is going to be so important for the future of both of our countries.”
The Indian Awards were founded by University of Southampton law graduate Amarjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the India Business Group (IBG) and the University’s Special Advisor for India. They recognise UK-based individuals, businesses and organisations that have contributed to furthering the relationship culturally, socially or economically, between India and the UK.
“The India Business Group is delighted to present the inaugural 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 IBG contends that British businesses should be at the front lines in boosting trade between members of the Commonwealth. To support this aspiration, the Indian Awards initiative aims to celebrate, commend and cement UK-India relations. The gala dinner marked the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and also the current India-UK Year of Culture.
Other winners at the awards included:
- Larger Business Award – J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited
- SME Award – Pavers Limited
- Professional Adviser Award – Anuj Chande, Partner and Head of South Asia Group at Grant Thornton LLP
- Entrepreneur Award – Rajesh Agrawal, Founder of Rational FX
- Arts & Culture Award – Professor Sunil Khilnani, Director at King’s College London India Institute
- Special Recognition Award – The Rt Hon David Cameron, Former Prime Minister of the UK