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British Library event: The Asian Advantage

Discover their formula for success

Across the globe, Asian entrepreneurs are creating world-beating businesses. In the UK, Asian companies are still the fastest growing business sector, and contribute well over �20 billion a year to the London economy alone. Increasingly, they are breaking out into international markets and making a huge impact in many mainstream business sectors.

So just why are Asian businesses so successful? This very issue was discussed at the British Library's 'Asian masterclass', which took place on 25th July 2006.

Four award-winning British Asian entrepreneurs revealed their business secrets to the audience and how Asian culture influenced their thinking.

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Panellists' presentations

Dinesh Dhamija, founder of ebookers. Watch the webcast [11.59 mins].

Surinder Arora, owner and chairman of Arora International Hotels. Watch the webcast [10.56 mins]

Sumerah Ahmad, co-founder and director of radio station Club Asia. Watch the webcast [13.09 mins]

Lord [Karan] Bilimoria CBE DL (right), co-founder and chief executive of Cobra Beer. Watch the webcast [13.38 mins]

Questions from the audience

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs; speeding up getting ideas off the ground. Watch the webcast [5.11 mins]

Partnerships; philanthropy. Watch the webcast [5.14]

Opportunities in India; lessons to be learned from China. Watch the webcast [5.13]

Making money; funding issues. Watch the webcast [7.28]

The discussion was chaired by former Sky News presenter Lisa Aziz. 'The Asian Advantage: Discover the formula for success' was the latest in a series of events and workshops designed to inspire and support entrepreneurs and small businesses as part of the Library's recently upgraded Business and IP Centre.

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