Event addresses collaboration between Greater Manchester and India

Special event addresses ‘shaping a Greater Manchester and India of the future’ through stronger collaboration

l-r panel Prof Luke Georghiou_Jo Ahmed_Shuchita Sonalika_Nigel MellorsA number of Greater Manchester’s most influential businesses and universities and a delegation of Indian businesses, joined forces at a special event in Manchester’s Town Hall to address developing trade and investment opportunities between India and the North West region.

Make in India, Innovate with Manchester, hosted by MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency (part of Manchester Growth Company) and the High Commission of India, highlighted a mutual desire for both regions to develop partnerships between businesses and government agencies. It was supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry, UKTI and Deloitte.

Attended by guests from the creative, digital and tech, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and aviation sectors, the event gave attendees the opportunity to hear first-hand about how to partner with Indian-based educational establishments and companies, and how Manchester’s innovations could help to drive forward Indian economic growth.

Privileged to be within a ‘City of Science’, the University of Manchester recounted some of Greater Manchester’s most poignant scientific events, including the isolation of graphene and the accolade of European City of Science 2016. The University of Salford highlighted its focus on digital health, smart cities and the use of technology as an enabler. This provided the perfect platform to engage in conversations around R&D with Indian educational establishments and businesses.

Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “Greater Manchester is a connected region and is able to build on its strong scientific, innovation and manufacturing heritage. It is a gateway to the north of England and Make in India, Innovate with Manchester highlighted significant collaborative opportunities between our businesses and educational establishments and organisations in India.

“We have an industrious and innovative past and future, and will continue to raise our profile in India, one of our key markets, with the aim of developing long-term relationships through sharing technology, education and expertise.

“Improving connectivity will be crucial to cementing this relationship so it’s also fantastic that direct flights between India and Manchester are being explored, further demonstrating our commitment to fostering bilateral trade.

“Working in collaboration and forging stronger ties will help actualise the Indian government’s economic growth policy, as well as helping to achieve Greater Manchester’s international ambitions.”

Key speakers at Make in India, Innovate with Manchester wereVizay Babu Vasanta, First Secretary (ITOU), High Commission of India, Tony Lloyd, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, University of Manchester, Jo Ahmed, Global Employer Services Partner, Deloitte, Shuchita Sonalika, UK Director, Confederation of Indian Industry and Bhupendra Nagar, Associate General Manager, HCL Technologies.

In addition to this, Doing Business in India, an event held by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, UKTI and MIDAS recently took place at Deloitte’s Manchester office.

The event explored regulatory challenges faced by UK companies interested in Indian-based operations and further demonstrated the region’s commitment to developing trading opportunities between India.

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