Uday has a background in the commercial and finance sector. He set up and managed several enterprises, from which some were surprisingly successful. He was also an advisor and Board member to a small number of large businesses.
In 1997 he started a web-based charity & social enterprise that connected thousands of small charities with some of the largest businesses and their employees in the UK. The web platform was used to transfer resources from the businesses to the charities at no cost to the charities.
In 2002 Uday launched Red Ochre, a consultancy specializing in supporting the not-for-profit sector as well as ethical and green businesses. Red Ochre specializes in improving sustainability and improving organisational performance. Every year over 2,000 people attend its workshops and training, and more intense and personal support and change facilitation is provided for chief executives, trustees, and senior managers.
Uday is an award winning mentor and has been an advisor on social enterprise for several governments. He is regularly commissioned by grant making trusts, national and local government, universities, and umbrella organisations to support and strengthen not-for-profits and small enterprises. Since 2010 Uday has worked in sixteen countries leading sustainability and change programmes, particularly for NGOs and cultural and arts organisations.