Neil Berry

Neil Berry works for the Asian Herald, a weekly paper based in the East End of London. He is preparing a book for Chatto about Asians in Britain.

Britain’s Asians

Neil Berry, 29 October 1987

In London, newsagents, sub-post offices and what used to be called grocers, with the three of them absorbed at times into a single unit, are now run almost exclusively by Asians. The same is true in other parts of Brittain: notably, Leicester, Coventry, Bradford, the West Midlands and some of the North-West. And this is just the most visible aspect of Asian business activity in this country. Asians are becoming prominent in all areas of commerce, though they are only around 2 per cent of the population. It’s said that the next generation of City accountants will nearly all be Asian; and there are observers who expect to see power in the City of London becoming increasingly concentrated in Asian hands.


Toby Forward’s Diary

4 February 1988

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