Manchester business delegation visits India

Monday 16th February 2015 13:08 EST

A business delegation from Manchester, UK visited India from the 9th-13th February as part of the city’s initiatives to strengthen business ties with India.

Led by Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency and Jo Ahmed, Director of Global Employer Services, Deloitte, Manchester, and supported by the UK India Business Council and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the delegation hosted a series of one-to-one meetings and events in Bangalore and Mumbai.

In Bangalore, MIDAS, in conjunction with Deloitte, hosted an exclusive business High Tea event, which took place at UK India Business Council’s office on Monday 9th February. Guest speakers included Dominic Jermey, Chief Executive of UKTI, Tim Newns and Jo Ahmed.

The event highlighted the key considerations for high tech businesses looking to expand in the UK in particular, Manchester and the city will put forward the notion of ‘Make in India, Innovate in Manchester’.

Manchester has a heritage of bilateral trade with India, with trade links dating back to the Victorian era, and the city seeks to ensure that this tradition continues to go from strength to strength. The city recognises that India presents significant opportunities for Manchester, and in turn Manchester can help India with its own plans for economic growth.

The delegation attended the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum in Mumbai, where they explained how the city has been innovating and shaping the future of technology for the last 300 years; from the industrial revolution, the splitting of the atom and the development of the first-stored program computer, to the isolation of graphene, which offers the potential to revolutionise technological application.

Former cricketer Farokh Engineer also joined the delegation in Mumbai along with Sheetal Talwar, Managing Director of Vistaar Productions who has just opened a new post-production facility in Manchester.

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