Another Indian makes it big! Vishal Misal hires Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson always inspired him to think big. So, Vishal Misal is hiring his hero, Sir Richard Branson, as a keynote speaker for Business 2012.


It’s no small achievement, as the event is being touted as “The UK’s Biggest Business Event”. It runs from the 18th-20th March at the O2 in London.

The feat also shows once again the Asians, particularly the Indians, in the UK are not only thinking big, but also making it big.

Only recently, Indian-origin Labour candidate Seema Malhotra won London by poll. This is not all. The Asian Leadership Award has gone to leading NRI entrepreneur Maneck Dalal for his contribution towards heritage.

Dalal played a major role in promoting Indian art and culture in the UK; and has been the chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK, for the last 36 years. 

Already, Mayor Boris Johnson has also called upon the Indian communities to get involved in volunteering during the 2012 Games.

“It is with this in mind that I am calling on all Indian communities to get involved in volunteering during the 2012 Games as well as becoming mentors to work with young people, especially in uniformed groups such as the Scouts and Cadets”.

The Mayor minced no words in appreciating the Indians in London by saying: “The dynamism and contribution of the Indian community to London’s economic, social and cultural life and their commitment to this city never fails to impress me”.

 has, hiring Sir Richard himself to be the cornerstone of his hugely ambitious Business 2012 project, which runs from the 18th-20th March at the O2 in London.

Vishal Misal, a 24-year-old Masters graduate came from India to study at the University of Nottingham on a scholarship. After he was awarded a distinction for his Masters in International Business, Vishal right away established an events company, Blak Pearl Ltd.

Initially, he started from a small office on the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, but then relocated the business to Bristol in 2011.

After putting in 18 months of endless work, Vishal came out with ILSG 2010, featuring US sales guru Brian Tracy and UK entrepreneur Karren Brady.

Business 2012 is free to attend, with over 600 workshops, seminars and exhibitors available to learn from and speak to, for anyone serious about setting up or developing their business.

Vishal said: “I’m sure you can imagine just how proud I am to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Sir Richard. He has inspired me and countless other entrepreneurs across the world to get started in business and to shoot for the stars. As soon as we completed our first major event, the team and I began planning for an even bigger one and we knew that there was only one person that we wanted to work with.

“There are so many people out there that crave the opportunity to release the huge potential within their businesses and in turn within themselves and we want to help them to do that through Business 2012. With Sir Richard confirmed as our keynote speaker I am 100 per cent confident we can do just that.”

Sir Richard Branson added: "I can confirm that I will be at Business 2012, being interviewed live on stage and answering questions and tweets. No one has a monopoly on good ideas and events like this can open the door to greater connections and business opportunities: something we all need during these challenging times.”

“I hope the audience will be full of people who run their own businesses, hopefully together, we can come up with some ideas to make our businesses even stronger than they are today."







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