The Indian community in the UK accounts for two per cent of the population and its contribution to the GDP of Britain is six per cent, thus playing a “very significant” role in building bilateral relations, the Indian envoy to UK said.
“India is the third largest investor in the UK and one of the major creators of jobs in the UK,” India’s High Commissioner to the UK Navtej Singh Sarna said.
Sarna said that though the Indian community accounts for 2 per cent of the population, it contributes 6 per cent to the country’s GDP. He was speaking at a function to honour three Indian-origin businessmen for their contribution to society.
The US is the biggest investor to the UK followed by China. Sarna complimented the 1.5 million strong Indian communities in the UK for their positive contribution to the British society.
“Today the Indian community here is a major factor in India-UK relations. The Indian community has also made its presence in politics with representation in the House of Commons and House of Lords,” Sarna said.
Dr Rami Ranger, a leading businessman who is the winner of the Queen’s award eight times – six times for Business and twice personally for services to British Business and the British Asian Community, received a shield in recognition of his services to the community and business.
Ranger set up his first business in 1987 with a mere 2 pounds as capital. He is now at the helm of two of Britain’s fastest growing companies with an annual turnover in excess of 200 million pounds.
Pathak opened his first McDonald’s in 2003 and now employs more than 2,500 staff who, between them, serves over 18 million customers a year.
Ralleigh was founding member and general secretary of the Hindu Cultural Society in London, before becoming general secretary and president of the Hindu Centre London.