Britain's business, innovation and skills secretary Vince Cable has paid tribute to British Sikhs during an event where an exhibition titled 'Turbanology: Sikh Unwrapped' was organised for the first time here.
Cable talked about how Sikhs contribute to prosperity in Britain, highlighting the importance of the links the community provides with India. He advocated for aid to the subcontinent to continue to address issues such as poverty.
The audience heard from a panel of leading Sikh business leaders who discussed how they had developed their enterprises and how they hope to support the development of future Sikh talent.
Noting that there was a gap in the market to support creative ideas with a soft loan "without the obligation to take profit or shares", business tycoon Peter Singh Virdee announced a new fund to be launched later this year solely for Sikhs who have a "cutting edge idea" and need finance.
The group of businessmen offered to advise, nurture and guide any worldwide Sikh initiative to ensure the creation of more wealth and prosperity in the hands of the community. The evening was the first in a special week-long series of events marking the 313th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa Brotherhood.
The exhibition will run until Friday and a panel looking at how Sikhs are perceived in media and abroad is due for Thursday.