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With London open for business, the Indo-European Business Forum along with BDO LLP, London & Partners and Mantra Capital supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry compiled a report on the growth of Asian businesses in the UK

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South Asian owned businesses have an important impact on London’s economy through their contribution to investment into the capital, jobs and wider society. Highlighting their contribution to the UK economy and strengthening ties between UK and the Indian sub-continent a new report – ‘Spotlight on Asian Business’ was released at an exclusive event at the House of Parliament during the India Manufacturing Summit 2017.

The report which highlights the importance of South Asian owned businesses in the UK was released by Baroness Sandip Verma, former Energy and Climate Change Minister and former International Development Minister’ Honourable Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East, Honourable Virendra Sharma MP Ealing Southall, Honourable Chi Onwurah MP Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Lord Swaraj Paul, Chairman Caparo Group Ltd, Vijay Goel, Chairman Assocham UK and Indi-European Business Forum and Aaditya Rathod from UAE Exchange.

Produced by EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting and commissioned by the Indo-European Business Forum this report follows on from the ‘Spotlight on Asian Business – their contribution to London’ study in 2007.

Speaking about the report Mr Vijay Goel said: “This report raises awareness among Asian and British institutions including various trade bodies, providing them information about the scope of investments and business relations among sub-continent and the UK. As chairman of the Indo-European Business Forum, I feel with the advent of Brexit it is important to understand the contribution, growth and success of Asian Businesses in the UK.”

The aim of this report is to assess and quantify the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Nepalese business contribution to the Greater London economy, making it a definitive go-to document for policy makers on Asian business contributions.

Deputy Mayor for Business, London Mr Rajesh Agrawal said: “I am pleased to introduce this report highlighting the contribution of Asian businesses to London’s economy. It is not more vital than ever that we maintain London’s position as an international business hub, and the continued success and growth of Asian businesses in our great city is part of bringing that story to life.”

Talking about the report highlights Managing Director of Here and Now 365 Manish Tiwari, who also helped compile the report said: “This report clearly articulates the strong economic contribution the South Asian business community has made to the London economy and how they have helped bolster the UK capitals economy with 265 Indian foreign direct investment projects being set up in London over the period of ten years accounting for 11% of all London invest projects. It substantiates Asian businesses contribution towards a more balanced economic growth and paves the way to show that not only is London Open to business but South Asians form an integral part of the business community here.”

Key Highlights:

The report surveyed 203 Asian owned businesses based in London, which contribute nearly 15,000 jobs and generate £2.7 billion in turnover. Some of the key highlights of the report are:

  • 57% of Asian owned businesses are looking to export in the coming years, and 99% of businesses expect increased revenue profit in three years.
  • One-third of Asian businesses in London are owned by women and at least 57% have a female director – showing the rise in entrepreneurialism amongst Asian women.

The report also highlights the importance of Indian foreign direct investment as Indian companies have been the largest investors in London over the past ten years.

Thus, this report has shown that not only are Asians continuing to expand their family’s business presence using London as a base but new waves of Asian businesses are being created and established in the city and is likely to grow in the coming years.