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East meets west

Indians are now the largest foreign-born group in the UK. Dipan Shah discusses how British-Indian culture is shaping attitudes to business

16 January 2013

The British-Indian community offers an exciting and promising outlook. The next generation is striving to meet the expectations of their predecessors. But the greater wealth, education, geographical mobility and spread, and sophistication of the community present both challenges and opportunities for the professional adviser.

British Indians are perceived to be socio-economically affluent. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Inequality within ethnic groups, May 2011) found they have among the lowest poverty rates across all ethnic groups in Britain. Education and skills are highly respected and desired, and this is effectively a ‘way of life’ that has been long-standing for a number of generations. Coupled with the famed Indian entrepreneurial spirit, British Indians contribute significantly to the UK economy.

The 1960s and 1970s saw an influx of Indians to the UK (as a result ...

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