In 2003 Ashok Gupta and Maha Sardar founded Asianspeedd8.com Ltd, which ran regular
speed dating events for British Asians, predominately in London. In 2006 they both
decided it was time to move on and presented the business to Pali Banwait and Sujan
Shah for possible acquisition. Pali and Sujan (who were both bitten by the entrepreneurial
bug a few years earlier) thought “Well, we’ve done well with other businesses so
let’s give it a go and see where it takes us” so they snapped up the opportunity
and took over the company in late 2006.
Pali and Sujan did not realise just how much work was involved and
went looking for some people who could help them manage and grow the company, so
they slowly pieced together a passionate team and AsianD8 has grown and grown. Since
those dizzying days around 2006/07 the number of events we hold nationally has gone
up from 30 to nearly 200 annually, and we also launched one of the most successful
Asian dating sites in the UK. Much has happened since the early days and our team
has expanded, we have moved to larger offices, rebranded and reinvented ourselves.
Most of our success had been based on a great company culture and in 2010 we decided
to establish our 10 Core Values, which would crystallise our culture in written
form. The Core Values guide and help us aim for a higher purpose, beyond just our
For us the story has only just begun and we are striving to become the best at what
we do by continuing to provide as much “Awesomeness” as possible to all that come
in contact with us!