A monthly round-up of news from the North West Asian Business Association

Launch of the India and the Northern Powerhouse Report

NWABA will be launching the India and the Northern Powerhouse report on the 21st March 2018 at the House of Commons. The report will showcase the two very commercially successful trade missions to India last year and our trade and civic links with the states of Karnataka, Punjab, Mumbai and Delhi.

NWABA are strengthening business opportunities in this important global marketplace; India is the sixth biggest economy in the world and is growing at an enviable 7%. The World Bank predicts that this will increase to 7.5% by 2020. In less than ten years, it is expected to become the third largest consumer, worth some £3.14 trillion.

Potential GDP would be even higher if India is able to increase the proportion of women in work. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde recently told Davos that by bringing women’s participation in the workforce to the level of men, this would boost the Indian economy by 27%.

English-speaking middle- and upper-class women with higher education have already been blazing a trail through the Indian economy. The innumerable IT firms, outsourcing companies and call centres (staffed and even run by educated English-speaking women) are testimony to the growing social and economic empowerment of women in India. But there is more to be done.

Gender sensitisation and equality of opportunity has always been a hot topic for NWABA, so to celebrate 100 Years of the Vote NWABA is leading a Women in Business Trade Mission to India. There will be a focus on thought leadership, engagement around India’s socio-economic issues and approaches towards gender issues which present a barrier to the country’s growth. We are currently in discussion with key partners who would like to support this project and I am delighted to announce that Anj Hande from Inspiring Women Changemakers will be joining us. Through Inspiring Women Changemakers, Anj is committed to inspiring women leaders in driving positive social change.

If you would like more information about Women in Business India and the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission, please contact Sharon Jandu on Sharon@yaba.uk.com  or +44 (0)7807 474885.

NWABA & Asian Lite Annual Dinner and Awards 2018

In partnership with Asian Lite, the NWABA Awards 2018 will be taking place on the 21st June 2018 at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester. Nominations are now OPEN for you or a friend or colleague to enter one of the award categories:

• Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
• International Business of the Year
• Retail Business of the Year
• SME Business of the Year
• Professional of the Year
• The Special Award

Please submit your nomination ASAP. Multiple nominations are welcome! Details are on the NWABA website.

To book a table or sponsor an award please contact Mr Azeez   07877 360663 or Sharon Jandu 07807 474885.

NWABA Media Partner

YABA Media Partner Asian Lite is an ideal publication to spread your message and engage with the Asian community.

Asian Lite International, with editions from London & Dubai, is now the most influential newspaper for the Diaspora. A new media with active presence in the social and digital platforms, Asian Lite is one of the mot popular amongst the Indian community across the world.

Asian Lite is the first publication to identify the potential and promote the contributions of Asian professionals, especially in the IT and Medical sectors. Please contact md@asianlite.com to request our Media Pack

The Big Learn

Don’t forget, there is still the chance to sign-up to the BIG Learn and showcase your commitment to lifelong learning. There are free distance learn qualifications for 50,000 individuals. Why not join this campaign that helps you to learn and potentially earn, more? New Year’s Resolution – gain a formal accredited qualification to improve your life chances. Email grow@thebiglearn.uk now!

National Apprenticeship Service

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or a trainee. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. The National Apprenticeship Service provides a dedicated service to employers, offering free expert advice and support to those looking to recruit apprentices or take on a trainee for the first time, or expand their existing programme.

If you’re interested in taking on an apprentice or offering a traineeship, please contact Mohammed Mayat (07795 827465) for more information.

Become a Member

There are many benefits of joining NWABA, from brand building to international opportunities, reaching new audiences and networking business-to-business. To find out more about NWABA or to become a member please contact enquiries@nwaba.co.uk or visit our website.

For any observations, comments or further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Imran Patel

Finance Director,

North West Asian Business Association

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