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Grant Thornton leaders recognised in King’s Birthday Honours

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP is thrilled to announce that Partner and Head of South Asia Business Group, Anuj Chande, and Chair of our Partnership Governance Board (PGB) Imogen Joss, have been honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and British Empire Medal (BEM) respectively, in King Charles III’s 2023 Birthday Honours.

Anuj has been awarded this recognition for exceptional services to international trade and investment. He has dedicated most of his career – over three decades – to strengthening the relationship between the UK and India and developing a strong and sustainable trade and investment corridor. He founded the firm’s South Asia Business Group offering in 1991, which provides a full range of services to South Asian companies coming to the UK and UK companies going to South Asia, working closely with the Grant Thornton member firm in India. Anuj also developed the firm’s India Meets Britain report which has tracked the Indian economic footprint in the UK for a decade.

Commenting on the recognition, Anuj Chande, Head of South Asia Business Group, Grant Thornton UK LLP said:

 “I’m thrilled to receive this honour in recognition of my contribution to supporting international trade and investment in the India/UK corridor. When I founded the firm’s South Asia Business Group back in 1991, the potential of the corridor was still relatively new and we were one of the first firms to lead the way and start focusing on this area. I’m delighted to see how much has progressed since then, with nearly 1000 Indian companies now operating in the UK and a Free Trade Agreement between India and the UK expected to be announced this year. It’s an exciting time in the relationship between the two countries and I want to express my gratitude to Grant Thornton’s leadership, both past and present, for providing me with the platform to work in this corridor.”

Also recognised in King Charles III’s 2023 Birthday Honours is Imogen Joss, Chair of the firm’s PGB, who has been honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in her home county of Gloucestershire. Imogen joined a local fund-raising group, North Cotswold Community Awareness, seven years ago and turned it into a registered charity. The charity helped low-income families during the pandemic and continues to do so now throughout the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Imogen Joss, Chair of Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Partnership Governance Board, said:

“It honestly takes so little to make a giant difference. A little bit of networking and the ability to listen to what will help local families has meant that we have supported a lot of people over the past few years. When I left London to live in Gloucestershire, I wanted to join a group that would connect me into the community and that’s what the North Cotswold Community Awareness group has given me. I’ve learned so much, met some incredible people who do this work every day of the week, and made some lifelong friends.”

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