British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan, today conducted the honours presentation ceremony for Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons. The High Commissioner presented Mr Tata with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Mr Tata has been awarded an honorary GBE, one of the highest civilian honours conferred by the UK, in recognition of his services to UK/India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy.
Speaking after the ceremony, Sir James said: “Ratan Tata’s leadership, vision and integrity will remain the gold standard for generations of aspirational British and Indian business people. His contribution to the deep ties that exist between the UK and India has been invaluable”.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Mr Tata the honorary award of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2009. Mr Tata is the only Indian national to be awarded the GBE since India became a republic in 1950.
Mr Tata is a member of the UK-India CEO Forum and the British Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. As Chairman of Tata Sons, he oversaw the Tata Group, one of the leading foreign investors and employers in the UK. Under his leadership the UK benefited from significant inward investment from Tata companies. Tata are now the largest manufacturing employer in the UK.