I am delighted that the awards provide a platform to recognise and celebrate the significant achievements that British Asians make across business. The British Asian community comprises 8% of the UK’s population and it is right that we value their substantial  contribution to our economic growth and development, particularly as we emerge from a recession.  It is also right that we celebrate Britain’s multicultural identity, of which I am very proud. I wish all nominees the best of luck.

—The Lord Carlile of Berriew QC CBE