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India Business Forum 2010 By The Luxury Channel

A conference is being held at Christies’ in St James’, London on the 22nd July 2010 highlighting the significant opportunities for both Indian and UK companies in the emerging sectors of sports, lifestyle and luxury in India.

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India’s enormous economic strides have made global headlines and some of the new sectors that will continue this growth are sports, lifestyle and luxury.

IPL has made cricket into a billion-dollar sport and luxury brands such as Armani, Versace, Rolls-Royce and Cartier already well-established in India. However these are nascent markets with huge growth potential and many opportunities for both Indian and UK companies with expertise to work together in the coming years.

High profile speakers from these industries will outline the current situation in these sectors and highlight the significant opportunities for both Indian and UK companies.

Attendees will include business executives, Government representatives, sports rights owners, media and luxury brands, from both Indian and the UK. There will be Keynote speeches, panel sessions and interactive questions and answers from delegates followed by a cocktail reception with networking opportunities.

Confirmed speakers including the following:

Amin Jaffer, Director, Indian Art, Christie’s

Subodh Agrawal, Founder, Euro Max Capital

Tushar Das Ghose, Microsoft, Strategic partner consultant

Fiona Sanderson, Managing Director, the Luxury Channel

Ishan Saksena, Chairman, QPR FC

Arunava Chaudhuri, CEO, IndianFootball.com

Ridhika Batra, UK Director, (FICCI)

Ashis Ray, Journalist and author

Farid Haque, Global Markets, Accenture

Sangeeta Datta, Film Producer

Vijay Goel, Partner, Singhania

For more information and to book your tickets please contact Renu Sen on 0870 404 4100 or renu@celebrasian.co.uk

Quote The Luxury Channel and receive a preferential rate on your ticket price.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Change Your Carbon Output By Sunshine Flint

A new breed of consultants – call them carbon advisors – want to change your carbon output without changing your lifestyle.

Change Your Carbon Output

Going green is hardly a new trend, but why face a hodgepodge of remedies when there’s a one-stop solution for reducing your carbon footprint? Enter the carbon advisors. They’ll eco-renovate houses, create and care for organic gardens, retrofit diesel sports cars to use pure plant oil, and use solar and geo thermal power to heat (or cool in the Middle East) swimming pools. They won’t dramatically change a client’s lifestyle, but will change the effects of said lifestyle.

“People who want to make a significant change come to us,” says Joanna Yarrow, the co-founder of Beyond Green, a company that advises corporations, schools and towns on sustainable development and green design, and Bespoke Green, which caters to individual clients. “We aim to minimise environmental impact, but maximise quality of life.” Yarrow presents clients with a virtual computer model of their home that shows how much energy their house is using and losing. Daniel Morrell, founder of the Carbon Advisory Service (www.carbonadvisoryservice.com), assesses his clients’ overall carbon footprint, and recommends ways to lower emissions in all areas from energy use to transport to new builds.

Many of his clients are in the film and music industries, and produce thousands of carbon tons a year—a much higher output than the average EU citizen (10 to 12 tons of carbon)—because of their lifestyle, houses, travel and businesses. “The goal is a 30% reduction in emissions,” explains Morrell. After reducing as much as possible, he offers programs for carbon balance with renewable energy and forestry projects. While Morrell doesn’t like the term “offsets”, essentially that is the idea: if your “core” footprint is 3000 tons of CO2, you invest in a project that saves 3000 tons of carbon a year from being generated.

Both Morrell and Yarrow agree that this year has seen a rise for demand in energy efficiency. Yarrow says that clients are starting to understand what is good for them and the environment sometimes isn’t anything you can see. “People realise it’s not just bling like sticking a wind turbine on their roof, but boring stuff like cavity insulation to reduce energy costs,” she says. Currently, Yarrow and Bespoke Green are converting a 17th-century mill in Bath into a yoga retreat and residence. By harnessing the power of the mill race to create hydroelectric power, a modern generator not only keeps the lights on, but also exports energy back to the power grid, making money for the owners.

The wealthiest sector can afford to lead the way, but has the credit crunch affected the demand for low carbon lives? Morell says he has seen no fall in demand for services. “The environment is a priority for our clients,” he says. “Plus our carbon savings result in cost savings and these are always welcome.” Yarrow says she’s seeing the credit crunch play out in the fact that people aren’t moving house but are staying put, and figuring out what they can do to eco-renovate their existing home.

Achieving zero carbon emissions is impossible, but low carbon behaviour must become the norm. This will take both a “bottom up” and “trickle down” approach, as people see figures they admire push demand for low carbon technologies, and the behaviour becomes fashionable. Drive an Alfa Romeo and save the planet—who can argue with that?

www.beyondgreen.co.uk

The Art of Foresight By Alanna Lynott

Is Astrology the businessman’s ultimate luxury?

The Art of Foresight. Image © NASA.

Blame the global recession, Bernie Maddof and the continuous rise and fall of stocks and shares, but 2010 is set to be the year that businessmen have their astrologers on speed dial.

Great businessmen, politicians and the like have long since used the skills of an astrologer. J.P. Morgan employed a full-time astrologer at his bank and once famously remarked, “Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” Queen Elizabeth I had her very own personal astrologer, while Margaret Thatcher attributed her own level-headedness to the fact she was “born under the sign of Libra.” Walt Disney, Ronald Regan and Benjamin Franklin were all devotees.

Today, top executives can’t get enough of this ancient art. As is to be expected, astrologers have been quick to take note, with a rise in astrological consultancy services and leadership seminars. These savvy astro-economists track the celestial cycles to reveal the best time to sign papers, introduce new products, start a business or purchase a property. They will calculate the compatibility of your potential business partnership and tell you what shares to buy and when.

But can this mystic ‘‘science’’ really be allowed to exert such control? A recent case in Hong Kong demonstrates the dangers clearly enough. Nina Wang, Asia’s richest woman, left the majority of her $4.2billion fortune to her fortune teller and feng shui master, Tony Chan. Her family have accused Chan of isolating Wang through the encouragement of bizarre feng shui rituals.

Despite the inevitable pitfalls of allowing one’s sense to be too easily swayed, it seems that business astrology is here to stay. Most businessmen are quite secretive about it and only share their astrologer’s details with their most intimate friends and associates.

“Astro-economics is like technical analysis thirty years ago. People were using it and nobody talked about it,” says Henry Weingarten, a financial astrologer and money manager. “It’s a fairly open secret that a certain segment of fund managers, traders and investors use financial astrology, and eventually it will become mainstream.”

If you’re keen to see what the stars have in store for your business, The Luxury Channel loves Susan Miller’s monthly horoscopes for in-depth advice.

www.astrologyzone.com