Successful Inaugural of House Of Common Business Breakfast Club – We Thank You

Successful Inaugural of House Of Common Business Breakfast Club – We Thank You

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”square” message_box_color=”chino” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” icon_openiconic=”vc-oi vc-oi-dial” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-adjust-brightness” icon_entypo=”entypo-icon entypo-icon-note” icon_linecons=”vc_li vc_li-heart” icon_pixelicons=”vc_pixel_icon vc_pixel_icon-alert”]United Kingdom Asian Business Council’s inaugural Business Breakfast Club was held at The House of Commons on 19th May 2016. The event focused on issues, challenges and opportunities relating to UK businesses and entrepreneurs, with the highlight focus of ‘Make in India’.

This event highlighted cultural and commercial benefits of businesses partnering with overseas organisations both big and small and working this approach into their international business strategies and growth plans. It brought an exciting line up of speakers and delegates from governments and leading industry leaders who shared strategies and ideas to increase competitive advantage.[/vc_message][vc_cta_button title=”View / Download Agenda” target=”_self” color=”btn-success” icon=”wpb_document_pdf” size=”btn-large” position=”cta_align_right” href=”” call_text=”Click to View Agnda”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Taha Coburn-Kutay, UKABC’s Chairman, presented an overview of the organisation’s past achievements as well as the organisations current focuses and objectives, including more than twenty events which UKABC is organising in the next two quarters. Attendees were given an inside view of how UKABC has helped businesses gain access to new markets, remove obstacles and open new revenue streams in new and developing international and domestic markets. He showcased his business that has allowed UKABC to support businesses and organisations across the world and explained how this model ultimately benefits Great Britain’s export and GDP.

H.E. Dr. Virander Paul, Dy. High Commissioner of India, congratulated UKABC for the consistent and innovative steps it is taking to bridge the gap between the UK and Indian business communities. He also spoke on the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ project, which offers business opportunities for UK businesses in over 21 sectors of India.

MP Alok Sharma drew attention to the strong partnership between UK & India in such sectors as technology transfer, infrastructure and future smart cities, which are being established all across India, and how the UK will play a major role in working with Indian partners to develop these smart cities. Mr Sharma spoke emphatically of his belief that it is imperative for Britain to remain in the European Union in order to remain a string player on the world stage.

MP Ruth Cadbury congratulated UKABC on their initiatives and shared her view on Brexit and its potential impact on UK businesses, performance and profitability.

Shateeaum Sewpaul spoke about the Indian Mauritius Global Partnership Conference taking place on 24th to 27th July 2016 in Mauritius. Over 250 companies from all over the world are participating in this conference, for which UKABC is the official partner from UK & Europe. Mr Sewpaul discussed how UKABC was paving the way for Indian and UK companies to partner with African companies and organisations in order to start or increase their business.

Sudeep Sakalle, Director of Infovinity Systems Pvt. Ltd., highlighted how UKABC is developing a common trading platform that issues intelligent technology to support businesses looking to launch in the UK and international markets. With over 65% of population in India, under 35 years of age, Mr. Sudeep suggested how latest technology like cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and platform developed by Infovinity can help UK businesses to take immediate benefit from Make in India programme.

Former Mayor of Southwark Sunil Chopra thanked all attending delegates and invited them to suggest innovative ideas to help older generations stay connected with society.

At the conclusion of the event, an MoU was signed between British Young Asian Entrepreneurs and UKABC.




UKABC Promotes an opportunity to be a part of New BBC Living History Series – The Victorian Slums

UKABC Promotes an opportunity to be a part of New BBC Living History Series – The Victorian Slums

* Due to be filmed over three weeks in Easter 2016

  • Do you have ancestors who lived in or migrated to the poorest areas of Victorian Britain?
  • Maybe you lead a comfortable lifestyle now, but know that your ancestors struggled?
  • Are you an entrepreneur who thinks they could thrive anywhere?
  • Would you like your family to experience the reality of life for millions of Victorian children?

New BBC Living History Series will recreate The Victorian Slums

The search is on for families and couples to set up home in 1870s London. Their aim – to live, work and make ends meet exactly as the Victorian poor would have done. They’ll be expected to find work, master old trades and sell their wares in order to put food on the table and to make the weekly rent.

At UKABC, we are hoping help the show to find participants to take part in an experiment where modern day people will live for 3 weeks as Victorians did in 1870. Ideally, we would like to find a diverse range of families and couples whose ancestors lived in or migrated to the UK and might like to experience first-hand the struggles that they endured. Perhaps they would like to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test to see if they could make ends meet in the 19th Century Britain.

Wall to Wall Media is casting for a landmark living history experiment that tells the story of what life was really like for the Victorian poor and how their plight changed our nation for the better.

We’re looking for strong, determined contributors who think they could survive life on the Victorian bread line. The series is due to be filmed over three weeks in Easter 2016 and the new Victorians will relocate for the duration of the filming to East London.

For more details email [email protected] / call 020 7241 9228 or visit

Microsoft & UKABC Invite : Enabling International Trade Links using Cloud and Mobile Technology

Microsoft & UKABC Invite : Enabling International Trade Links using Cloud and Mobile Technology

On 2-3 Feb 2016 Microsoft are hosting Europe’s premier India Edutech and Innovation conference (IEIEC2016). Over the two days, the most important policymaker and investor names will come together
for a platform for thought-leadership, investment and collaboration opportunities.

To celebrate this collaboration, Microsoft would like to invite you to a business networking reception, which will be held at Microsoft’s headquarters, TVP, Reading:
Date: Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Timings: 17:30 – 20:00

Venue: Building 3, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading. RG6 1WG


Presentations have been invited from the Indian High Commission, Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid Business Minister and Microsoft

To register please email Sharon Jandu. [email protected]

Customer Development Manager | Small and Medium Business, Microsoft Ltd
T: +44 118 909 3099 | M: +44 7807 474885 | Main switchboard: 0844 800 2400


UKABC Promotes “Ustad AllaRakha’s Birth Anniversary Event” 29th April 2016 At Bhavan Centre, London

UKABC Promotes “Ustad AllaRakha’s Birth Anniversary Event” 29th April 2016 At Bhavan Centre, London


UKABC Promotes the Event organised by “The AllaRakha Foundation” to Celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Tabla Legend Ustad AllaRakha on the 29th of April 2016. The event will be held at the Bhavan Centre, London and will present a “Classical musical” programme under the presence of Fazal Qureshi (son of Ustad AllaRakha).


  • Homage to Ustad AllaRakha by Fazal Qureshi – Tabla Solo.
  • Gaurav Mazumdar (Disciple of Bharat Ratna, Pandit Ravi Shankar) – Sitar
  • Shahbaz Khan (Disciple of Ustad AllaRakha) – Tabla
  • Surjeet Singh (Disciple of Pandit Ram Narayanji) – Sarangi
  • Tarsem Singh with his students – Table Shradhanjali to Guru Ustad AllaRakha
  • and other local artists.

Venue: Bhavan Centre: 4a Castletown Rd, London W14 9HE (close to West Kensington tube station)

Time: 7:00 PM

Tickets: Kindly books seats by phone to either the Bhavan Centre or the Allarakha Foundation

Bhavan Tel: 020 7381 3086

Allarakha Foundation: 020 8677 1010

UKABC Supports “TOBACCO FREE INDIA” In Association with WHO, National Health Mission

UKABC Supports “TOBACCO FREE INDIA” In Association with WHO, National Health Mission

India is the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world. Tobacco use in all forms is harmful and addictive. Tobacco use is associated with cancers of various kinds especially oral and lung cancer, heart and lung disease.



GIVE A MISSED CALL TO 011-22901701 OR:




UKABC Team In association with

Telemedicine Division

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Rami Ranger Awarded – Commander British Empire (CBE).

Rami Ranger Awarded – Commander British Empire (CBE).

Her Majesty the Queen is graciously pleased to confer the Most Excellent Order of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) to Raminder Singh Ranger popularly known as Rami Ranger, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd, Sea Air & Land Forwarding Ltd and Bulldog Energy Drink Ltd in the New Year’s Honours List 2016 for outstanding service to business and community cohesion in the UK.

Rami Ranger was awarded the MBE in 1995. His Company, Sun Mark Ltd is the only Company in Britain to have won an unprecedented 5 consecutive Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade from 2009 to 2013.

His book ‘From Nothing to Everything’, charts his rags to riches story from the time of his birth in Gujranwala (now Pakistan) to his present day life in Britain. The book begins with the dramatic flight from the ancestral home during the turmoil of the partition of India in 1947 and describes the assassination of his father Shaheed Nanak Singh ( who was a freedom fighter and opposed the break-up of India on the basis of religion. The hardship he faced during his childhood is documented along with the pivotal role played by his mother, who worked as a teacher and was responsible in shaping him into a fine upstanding individual. In 1971 he emigrated to England and overcame prejudice to achieve success on a scale that he could hardly have imagined in his wildest dreams. He has been honoured by Her Majesty a record eight times. No other Briton can claim this accolade.

Having founded his first Company with just £2 and a typewriter in 1987, Rami Ranger now oversees Sun Mark Ltd, Sea Air and Land Forwarding Ltd, and Bulldog Energy Drink Ltd with a turnover of over £200 million a year.

“My story shows that one does not need a rich father, an elite education or the old schoolboy network to help one in life. What one needs is self-respect, work ethics, commitment, vision and empathy for others,” Ranger says in the book.

Ranger is Chairman of the British-Sikh Association where he promotes the ethos of Sikh Gurus of peaceful co-existence.

Ranger is a firm believer in philanthropy and giving back to society which has brought him his success. Such recent endeavours include:

  • Donating £250,000 to the London South Bank University to help set up the Dr. Rami Ranger Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurs to support the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.
  • Donating £100,000 for the Gandhi Statue in Parliament Square, London which was unveiled last year by Hon. Arun Jaitley, Indian Finance Minister and the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.
  • Ranger is a Trustee of the Gandhi Memorial Trust, which was formed to raise funds for the Mahatma Gandhi statue.
  • Ranger is also a Fellow of the Prince’s Trust where he mentors disaffected youth and to whom he has donated £100,000.
  • Donating £60,000 to the Indian Gymkhana to help construct a gym for visiting sportsmen and women.
  • Donating £40,000 to the University of West London to help with their library building and to support British education.
MABA ( Middlesex Asian Business Association) is now UKABC (UK Asian Business Council )

MABA ( Middlesex Asian Business Association) is now UKABC (UK Asian Business Council )

Two years after launching the MABA, we are re-launching ourselves as UKABC, and at the same time strengthening its senior team with the addition of a new president and vice president.

This strategic decision is seen as a natural progression for the “Middlesex Asian Business Association” as it further develops its expanding roster of activities in the marketplace both UK and Asia. This includes our hugely successful Networking Events, launching our active presence and offices in India, China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, the new UK ABC Awards, webinars, round tables debates, plus magazine and newsletter publishing both in print and online.

The re-launch as MABA coincides with the development of a fresh identity, a new website which goes live today (January 9), and the renaming of MABA UK Org ( as UK ABC, with the first issue of the new magazine being published next month in time for the proposed launch party on 25th of Feb 2015

At the same time international business expert Junaid Ahmed will be joining UKABC as President and Sudeep Sakalle will be joining UKABC as Vice President, they will work alongside Chairman Taha Kutay who founded the MABA under the NABA banner back in the summer of 2013.

“In terms of our new corporate identity we felt strongly that the name UKABC really does what it says on the tin and is a much more accurate descriptor in terms of our activities now and moving forward”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for UKABC as the marketplace moves ever closer to our founding mantra around the need for organisations in UK and Asia to engage more and grow business, cultural relationship both internal and external and across all channels. We remain firm believers in the critical business link between UK and Asia will grow over 200% in next few years”

For more details of UKABC contact [email protected]

UKABC Promotes India Corporate Internship Opportunity

UKABC Promotes India Corporate Internship Opportunity

An Opportunity to work with Stalwarts of Indian Industry in one of the Fastest Growing Economies of the World

​UKABC is pleased to share with you the latest initiative of OIFC (Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre) to engage senior level students of Indian Origin/ descent: The India Corporate Internship Programme. The initiative was launched by the Government of India during Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 14 November, 2015 at Los Angeles, California.

OIFC has tied up with 23 Top Indian Corporates to offer 60 paid internship positions to students of Indian Origin (PIO/OCI) or students with an Indian passport but who have been studying for some time in foreign universities. This programme is mostly aimed at those students who have completed their 1st year of MBA or are pursuing Technical education/Engineering.

Most of the companies have promised that the interns will work in a multi-cultural environment, exposure to CXO level and experienced senior staff of the company & provide solutions challenging projects that will add value to an interns overall experience. They will also be providing stipend and accommodation in most of the cases.

The objective of this initiative is to offer students of Indian origin a window of opportunity to experience Indian Corporate culture, meet decision makers in the industry, through paid internships. This programme is aimed at Indian origin students, typically second generation, who may know of India, but are not familiar.

A flyer of the initiative is also attached in PDF format, which contains a link to the e-brochure with more information about the 23 companies along with the details of the internship projects on offer by them.

At ​UKABC, we would like to promote ​​this to ​our members and request you to circulate the ​opportunity in your circle.

GOPIO signs MoUs with NISU, Gujarat University

GOPIO signs MoUs with NISU, Gujarat University

GOPIO has signed two MOUs with the National Indian Students Union (NISU) of the United Kingdom and Upasana School of Performing Arts of Gujarat University (USPA-GU), based in Ahmedabad, India.

GOPIO has signed two MOUs with the National Indian Students Union (NISU) of the United Kingdom and Upasana School of Performing Arts of Gujarat University (USPA-GU), based in Ahmedabad, India.

The NISU MOU furthers the objectives of both GOPIO and NISU to protect the interests of students of the Indian Diaspora. It utilizes the outreach and strengths of GOPIO and its Youth Council in collaboration with the initiatives and advocacy of NISU.

GOPIO and NISU recognize that there is considerable scope and opportunities for mutual cooperation to further their collaborative objectives and mandates. With the intention of facilitating greater awareness of issues related to students and youth in the Indian Diaspora, their respective countries of domicile and India, as well as to increase engagement of NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) students of the Indian Diaspora, GOPIO and NISU seek to collaborate on student and youth engagement and outreach to further these shared objectives of mutual interests.

The MOU was coordinated and supported by with Taha Kutay, Chairman (UKABC), president of GOPIO Greater London Chapter, and signed by Sanam Arora, president of NISU.

USPA-GU is a unique department catering to global outreach and internationalizing Indian academics, art, culture and traditions.

The areas of collaboration under this MOU include: Exchange of visits by nominees and academic staff for the purpose of teaching, research, performances and conducting workshops; exchange programs for students/ nominees; associating with GOPIO cultural council for promoting artists; participation in lectures, training and academic meetings; exchange of research materials in the fields of mutual interest; exchange of related publications in the field of performing arts; Exploring potential program collaborations.


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