MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, in partnership with PVL media, will deliver a one day Digital Media Exchange next week to showcase Greater Manchester’s innovative creative and digital SMEs to leaders of India’s rapidly growing creative and digital sector.
The exchange – the first of its kind to be held in Greater Manchester – will take place on 23rd October and will include keynote speeches by Ashish Kulkarni from Reliance Animation and Sabbas Joseph from Wizcraft International Entertainment. These speakers will also be joined by MedicCityUK’s Stephen Wild and the University of Salford’s Andrew Cooper.
Greater Manchester has the UK’s largest creative and digital cluster outside of London, employing 162,000 people and generating GVA of £5.4 billion each year, whilst the India sector generates $15 billion and is growing at a rate of 15.2% per annum.
The exchange will provide an opportunity for Greater Manchester SMEs to meet and network with leading voices from both the UK and Indian creative and digital sectors. It will also present an opportunity for Greater Manchester to showcase a selection of its thriving SMEs and help all parties develop an understanding of how international relationships can greatly improve their individual business performances.
Tim Newns, chief executive at MIDAS said: “It’s estimated that by 2020 India will have over 600 million internet and over 800 million mobile users and the promise of so many consumers highlights the immense potential of the India market. This landmark event will be Manchester’s opportunity to offer partnerships and to facilitate solutions to the significant challenges India faces as a result of its own rapid growth. I would strongly encourage Greater Manchester based creative or digital SME’s to consider attending.”
Parminder Vir, OBE who is producer for the event said: “Manchester is leading the way in the UK digital and creative sector and the value of this exchange cannot be underestimated. This is the first time many of these influential Indian creative and digital specialists will experience what Manchester has to offer and it promises to be a very special exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practise for the industry.
To register for Digital Media Exchange: India↔Manchester visit: http://digitalmcrindia.eventbrite.co.uk/.
For further information please contact Hannah Tracey: Hannah.Tracey@midas.org.uk