UK Trade and Investment India (UKTI), a UK government
organisation that helps businesses locate in the UK and
grow internationally, has named HCL Technologies Ltd for
the UKTI Business Awards for ''Investor of the Year''
The investor of the year award, the first ever business
award set up by any government to recognise India''s success
in global business, was presented by UK''s special representative
for international trade and investment, Prince Andrew,
at a function in Mumbai.
award, launched in September 2005 by the British prime
minister Tony Blair, serves to highlight the excellent
business relationship between India and the UK. It recognises
the pioneering Investment the company has made in the
UK and the success the IT services giant has made on UK
Technologies has significant presence the UK, which includes
two delivery centers in Northern Ireland. Currently, the
company employs over 2,000 people at its Apollo facility
in Belfast, Northern Ireland, making it one of the top10
private employers and the largest BPO firm in Northern
Ireland. The company is expanding its presence in the
UK with deals with companies like DSG International.
UK and India have a rich history of bilateral trade spanning
centuries and the more recent and growing IT and ITeS
industries in India continue this tradition. We are very
proud of our pioneering role in this and it is a testament
to the hard work and results or the HCL teams throughout
the UK that we have been chosen as the `Investor of the
Year''," said Ranjit Narasimhan, president and CEO
of the Company''s BPO services.
"We are absolutely delighted to be at the forefront
of the £7.9 billion bilateral trade between the
two nations by being recognised as the `Investor
of the Year'' by UKTI. As a young IT services company and
amongst the fastest growing, HCL provides transformational
gains to its clients through investment in UK. The award
also recognises our strategy to deliver positive economic
developments in all of our active markets, bringing global
benefits to local presence," added Rajeev Sawhney,
corporate vice president and head of the company in UK.