Bigger and better than ever, the annual Asian Business Awards is open to nominations. It's that time of the year when we start our search for deserving Asian businesses and find out just who will be crowned winners and who will scoop the prestigious title of Asian Business of the Year 2015.
This glittering ceremony will be held on Friday 27th March 2015 in the heart of central London.
Asians have contributed billions of pounds to the British economy. As a community renowned for its entrepreneurial flair, Asians have come a long way from the stereotypical corner-shop owners. From retail and wholesale trading to the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, Asian businessmen and women control some of the Britain's biggest organisations and brands on the global stage.
Now in their 18th year, the Asian Business Awards are a celebration of Asian business excellence, acumen and achievement. Asian business leaders mix with powerful policy makers, business trendsetters and celebrities on the evening of the glittering ceremony.
It is a unique event which encapsulates the diversity and range of Asian businesses in Britain.
We will also being launching the 2015 Asian Rich List - the definitive index of Asian wealth in Britain, highlighting exceptional entrepreneurial achievement over the last 12 months.
Earlier this year Gopichand Hinduja collected the prestigious Asian Business of the Year award at the 17th edition of the Asian Business Awards. With an estimated wealth of £13.5 billion, the Hinduja family also took the top spot in the Asian Rich List
Chief guest The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP paid tribute to the invaluable contribution to the economy and resilience of the Asian community, despite challenging times.
He said: "Today we celebrate some of the most successful Asians in the UK, many of whom started with a small idea and worked their way up the ladder to where they are today.
There is one consistent thread that binds these individuals together: never being afraid to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams. There is much to be learned from the famous 'Asian work ethic' and I have no doubt that their stories will continue to inspire future generations across the board.
Among those in the 800-strong audience were billionaires and multimillionaires such as Sri Prakash Lohia of Indorama, Anil Agarwal of Vedanta, Sir Anwar Pervez of Bestway Group, Vijay and Bhikhu Patel of Waymade, Inderneel Singh of the Edwardian Group, Sun Mark's Rami Ranger and Amit and Meeta Patel of Auden McKenzie.
India's High Commissioner Ranjan Mathai was the guest of honour, while leading MPs, politicians and stars from the world of entertainment were also present, including MPs Shailesh Vara, Alok Sharma, Priti Patel and Keith Vaz; Rishi Rich, Nitin Kundra, Ace Bhatti and Indiana Jones actor Bhaskar Patel.
There were nine billionaires in this year's Asian Rich List; of the total 101 entrants, 60 increased their wealth. In the past 12 months, the combined wealth on the Asian Rich list has gone up by £6bn to £51.5bn.
Sir Anwar Pervez OBE, chairman, Bestway Cash & Carry, won the Lifetime Achievement Award while the Indian industrial house, Tata Group, was presented the International Business of the Year.
So if you want to understand Asian business, network with leading business personalities and look for a way to tap tap into one of the country's most dynamic and successful communities, then this is the event to attend.
To be in the audience on the night make, sure you book your place in plenty of time by clicking here