These new awards recognise just some of the many thousands of Asian professionals who are excelling in Britain today. Whether it’s in the court room, the newsroom or the classroom, Asian men and women are not only providing expert services, skills and capabilities; they are delivering for Britain too.

For generations, Asian communities have given so much to the UK in so many ways and tonight’s awards give us a chance to shine a light on the very best.

And, while there is much to celebrate tonight, we can look forward with great confidence tomorrow in the knowledge that award winners and nominees will no doubt inspire younger generations to follow in their footsteps, helping to take our whole country from strength to strength.

I would like to congratulate the organisers and volunteers for bringing these awards together and I wish everyone involved tonight a wonderful evening.

—Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservatives