I salute the excellence of Asian professionals across many sectors of British life and activity . Their achievements signify two important things. First that Britain gains enormously from the high skills and dedication of Asian professional people. And second that in the 21st century the world looks increasingly to the superior technical and technological mastery of the great Asian nations and their top quality educational and research establishments to spread the knowledge resources and expertise across the globe which every country needs. Best wishes for a most successful Awards event.