Review 2017: Business & Finance rise of Asians concerning economic wealth continues upwards as another £15 billion have been added from the previous year, according to the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List. With it comes more jobs, opportunities and a fantastic profile for British Asians. This is a far cry from the scaremongering of Brexit and what it could do to wealth creation.

Indian linked businesses such as Tata, Hindujas and Mittal continue to do well in a problematic Brexit related environment.

Internationally the rise of women in the business sector has been phenomenal. The latest Forbes Power List of Women for the first time included six Indian women. They include five women from India and one from the USA. Forbes released its 2017 list of the most powerful women in the world with some surprises and exciting inclusions. It was not a surprise that boss of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi would be on the list. She is at No. 11 and a citizen of the United States of America. No 32 is ICICI bank’s CEO Chanda Kochhar who has taken banking and its endeavour to modernise India through the provision of bank accounts for all to aid inclusion within society. This is particularly crucial for people from poverty-stricken rural areas.

Ranked at No. 57 is HCL Enterprise’s CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra. At 71 is Biocon Limited’s Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. Chairperson and Editorial Director for HT Media, Shobhana Bhartia is at No 91. Bollywood superstar and now a significant player in Hollywood Priyanka Chopra makes her debut at No 97. was also a record-breaking year for Indian women aviators. Anny Divya became the youngest female Commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft at just 30 years of age. Coming from humble beginnings, Anny was very thankful to her parents after many people around her discouraged her from taking flying lessons. Most of her classmates wanted to become doctors and engineers.

Down to earth, one of India's most iconic car brands, the Ambassador car, which has been the stately symbol of government ministers and public officials was sold by Hindustan Motors to the French manufacturer Peugeot for a nominal sum of £9.6m. Based on the British Morris Oxford, the Ambassador was for three decades India's bestselling car. It has been out of production since 2014. It is not clear whether Peugeot will revive the brand.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list brought well-deserved accolades for people working tirelessly for their communities. There are so many people who deserve recognition and who deserve mention. Amongst them include the Chairman of Golden Tours Foundation, Nitin Palan who was awarded an MBE for his work on interfaith relations. Palan is perhaps most well-known for being the co-founder of Diwali in London. The event which is a showpiece of the religious festival is an annual diary event in the heart of London at Trafalgar Square.

“It is an incredible privilege for me to have been recognised for this honour,” stated Mr Palan who was delighted with the MBE and saw it as a symbol of hope for bringing about community relations.