A business delegation from Manchester will visit 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 will host a series of one-to-one meetings and events in Bangalore and Mumbai.
In Bangalore, MIDAS, in conjunction with Deloitte, will be hosting an exclusive business High Tea event, which will take place at UK India Business Council’s office on Monday 9th February. Guest speakers include Dominic Jermey, Chief Executive of UKTI, Tim Newns and Jo Ahmed.
Tim Newns will also speak about the city’s life science sector at Bangalore Bio India, India’s largest biotech conference, on Monday 9th February and there will be additional meetings with some of India’s biggest IT and digital companies.
The events will highlight the key considerations for high tech, life science and digital 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 will also attend the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum in Mumbai, where they will be on hand to explain 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 will join the delegation in Mumbai along with Sheetal Talwar, Managing Director of Vistaar Productions who has just opened a new post-production facility in Manchester.
Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, said: “Manchesterhas a rich heritage in thinking, making and doing and has been at the forefront of global economic development for over 300 years. Today, our businesses continue to pioneer and the city is at the vanguard of innovation. The city hasexceptional strengths in the life sciences, education, digital innovation as well as advanced materials and our world-class universities have produced 25 Nobel Prize winners.
“The city recognises that these are key areas for growth for the Indian economy and we’re delighted to be meeting businesses in Bangalore and Mumbai who operate in these sectors; giving them the opportunity to discover first hand that there’s more to Manchester than football. Vistaar Productions recent investment in the city is testament to this and we will be helping them to ‘Make in India’ and Innovate in Manchester.”