Distinguished guests from the world of politics, business, sports, arts and the media gathered to celebrate the best of Britain's ethnic talent at the prestigious GG2 Leadership Awards in central London on November 21.
Now in their 14th year, this year's awards were held in partnership with Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
Policitians, captains of industry and renowned media, sports and arts personalities were among the 700-strong audience at the event, hosted by the Asian Media & Marketing Group (AMG), publishers of Garavi Gujarat, GG2 and Eastern Eye, among other titles.
This year's top winners included Cecil Balmond, the Sri Lankan architect-designer-engineer who worked with British Asian artist Anish Kapoor on the Arcelor Mittal Orbit in London's Olympic Park, the boxer Nicola Adams, who won gold at this year's Olympics and Nazir Afzal OBE, the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for the North West Area.
Justice secretary Chris Grayling, who was the chief guest at this year's event, launched the second edition of the GG2 Power 101, an annual compilation of the top 101 most influential British Asians. Among the country's most powerful movers and shakers are politicians, industrialists, businessmen, public servants, bankers, CEOs, policy experts, actors and actresses, playwrights, designers, lawyers and sports stars.
Kalpesh Solanki, group managing editor, AMG, made a keynote speech calling upon companies to recognise, nurture and promote Asian talent in a changing Britain.
In all, ten awards were were presented on the night, each of them outstanding individuals who have excelled and overcome barriers against the odds.
The GG2 Leadership Awards dinner attracts a diverse and powerful audience of high achievers. Cabinet minister mix with film stars, blue chip company bosses mingle with film personalities and the country's top military brass and police officers meet self-made millionaires. Also joining the evening are a host of community leaders, businessmen and women and high net worth individuals from the Asian community.
The awards dinner is the culmination of a year-long programme designed to give sponsors reach and penetration into the dynamic Asian and ethnic community.
The sponsorship package has the twin aims of promoting the sponsoring company as an employer of choice amongst ethnic communities and to promote their goods and services to this dynamic market.
With a 44-year heritage, AMG publishes a stable of market leading magazines for the Asian community in the UK and USA. The company hosts a number of hugely successful events and award dinners affiliated with its magazines.