BBG Hyderabad was launched on 21st February as planned, on a night when Hyderabad was targeted by terrorists who exploded two bombs in busy shopping area, killing 16 and injuring 120 innocent people. BBG Chennai Member, Gerry Duggan steering this new BBG decided to wait and see how many people would turn up and at 9pm proceeded with the launch when 75 guests had arrived.
Mr. Richard Hyde, the British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad called for a minute’s silence and then proceeded to explain how he saw BBGH assisting BDHC and UKTI in their task of getting UK business into Hyderabad and Indian businesses to the UK. Gerry Duggan made a presentation outlining the operations and aims of BBGH and how important it was to attract actual UK business connecting members to BBGH. Also called on candidates to become part of the new Management Committee at the next meeting 21st March 2013 at Taj Deccan.
Mary Priya Paul then closed the meeting with thanks to all the sponsors and attendees while passing sympathies to the people of Hyderabad who had suffered as a result of the bombs. Drinks and snacks were provided over Fellowship. Of the 75 guests, it was felt that 30-35 members would register formally before next meeting.
Steering Member – BBG Hyderabad