“The People’s Choice Awards – Celebrating Asian Excellence”
Bridge India is proud to be a Community Partner for the prestigious Asian Achievers Awards 2022.
Faced with unprecedented adversity during the pandemic, Asian leaders across the UK have shown resilience, innovation and foresight to tackle the new economic and societal challenges Covid-19 has brought.
South Asians in the UK today occupy leadership positions across a range of fields, including politics, business and civil society. The Asian Achievers Awards recognise the outstanding work of such individuals within the South Asian community.
Established in 2000 and held annually since then, the Awards return in 2022 following the pandemic. It is consistently recognised by the community as the most prestigious and highly respected such Awards in the calendar.
Format: 800 guests, dress code black-tie or traditional
Timings: Drinks reception from 6pm, dinner and Awards 7:30pm, after-party 10:30pm until late
Venue: tbc Central London
Date: Autumn 2022
The Awards’ history
The Asian Achievers Awards started in 2000 in a small avatar. Asian Business Publications Ltd (ABPL) first published Gujarat Samachar and Asian Voice in the UK in 1972. CB Patel, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of ABPL, said: “The awards are growing in stature each year. In 2019, we again received an overwhelming number of nominations, which is an indication that the success of the British Asian community in diverse fields continues unabated.”
The event grew in statue and tracked the rise of the Asian community in the UK. Since its inception the Awards have helped raise close to £2 million for charitable causes.
Past award-winners are indicative of just how rapid this growth in the South Asian contribution to the economic, social and cultural fabric of Britain has been. Hafsa Qureshi, won the Uniformed, Civil and Public Services award, as a Muslim woman, LGBTQ+, disabled woman. AC Neil Basu was head of the UK’s counter terrorism policing, the first officer of Asian heritage to hold the post. Cricketer Moeen Ali and music star Naughty Boy were trailblazers in their fields. Successful business leaders like Rishi Khosla (co-founder of Acorn OakNorth), Dr Nik Kotecha (founder and CEO of Morningside Pharmaceuticals), Surinder Arora (founder and chairman of the Arora Group of hotels), Lord Rumi Verjee (former owner of Watford FC) and others created thousands of jobs across the country.
Through this journey, Asian Voice, Gujarat Samachar and the AAA have stood side-by-side with successive generations of British Asians to facilitate their growth.
In 2022, the AAA will return post-pandemic in its new avatar, to recognise and celebrate excellence in the community, with a new team at the helm.
Bridge India requests its Members and network to submit their nominations for the Awards.