A business delegation from India representing a range of business sectors visited the UK last week, with the Consulate General of India in Birmingham organising three major events at Manchester and Birmingham.

From the Indian side, the visit was organised by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), which is the apex export promotion organisation of India, jointly established by the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of India and private trade and industry.

The 15 member Indian delegation led by Manish Sharma, deputy director, FIEO and comprising of 11 Indian companies in various sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, electric bicycles, automotive & machinery parts, rubber & wood products, product for petrochemical, oil, gas, nuclear industries, food products and home decor, visited London, Manchester and Birmingham during their stay.

The objective of the delegation was to meet potential buyers, distributors, participate in site visits and build business relations. The delegation sought to engage local companies in B2B and B2G meetings to explore opportunities of investment and joint ventures and also worked towards identifying partners to expand business operations.

The FIEO has been serving as a platform for promoting Indian trade with the world and has been serving as a platform of interaction between exporters and policy makers.

During their visit to the North, the delegation visited Manchester where the Consulate General of India, Birmingham supported by the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA), organised a round of B2B meetings for which nearly 20 local business houses in and around Manchester expressed interest.

The function was attended by business figures including Keith Madeley MBE, Head of Corporate Relationships, YABA, Judy Hart, Chief Executive – Investors In Excellence Ltd., Rajeev Dewedi – Senior Partner, Shenward and Sharon Jandu, Managing Director – YABA.

In the second leg of their visit, the delegation visited Birmingham. The Indian Consulate General in Birmingham supported by the State Bank of India, UK (SBI UK) organised a networking dinner reception.

This SBI UK sponsored event was attended by more than 60 prominent dignitaries from in and around the city. Notable attendees included, Ms. Beverley Lindsay – Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr. Aman Puri – Consul General of India, Satyendra Kumar Singh – CEO, SBI UK, Keith Stokes-Smith – President, Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce (GBCCC), Craig Humphrey – Managing Director, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

The concluding day-long engagement of the visiting Indian delegation in Birmingham commenced with a B2B meet-up at Birmingham City University (BCU). The India Innovation centre of BCU took active interest in hosting the event from their premises. The event was promoted by the CWLEP and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC). In addition to the visiting Indian delegation, more than 40 business entities participated in the event and held productive discussions and intense networking. Local business houses from the food, automobile, printing, manufacturing, electric bikes, engineering, rubber and wood and textile sectors were present on the occasion.

The five day visit by the FIEO delegation concluded with an engagement with the Leicester City Council where officials from the inward investment department of the Leicester City Council took part in a post-lunch meeting with the Indian delegation members with a view to draw bridges between the East Midlands and India.