Congratulations on the Asian Professional Awards in their second year. Recognition is, in itself, a reward, but it also highlights the contribution being made by those from an Asian background who are contributing both to their own and their families’ wellbeing, and to society as a whole. I hope, as last year, there will be many wide-ranging nominations and that the ceremony proves to be both joyous and successful in terms of promoting the excellence of those involved.

—Rt Hon David Blunkett