The Deputy Prime Minister led the first major trade mission to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May. Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Lord Dholakia, the Deputy Prime Minister’s India Business Adviser, also joined the delegation.
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The Deputy Prime Minister visited Bangalore to open a new Tech Hub and UK Indian Business Centre. The Business Centre - the second to be opened in India - provides support to UK businesses who want to grow in India. The Tech Hub aims to grow 1,000 Bangalore start-ups in 3 years and link them with the UK. He also toured the Airbus Bangalore facility, where India teams link up with teams in the UK to run simulation tests on aircraft parts, and visited the Hawk manufacturing facility at the aircraft division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Nick Clegg launched the first base in India for Sheffield company Group Rhodes. The new facility is expected to create 50 to 60 new UK jobs and 60 jobs in India. Finally, he announced that UK firms Pattonair and Renishaw will be opening a permanent Bangalore office and a metal 3D printing centre in Pune respectively.
He also visited Globe Mill Passage Municipal School to see a new educational programme in action. The programme, developed by non-governmental organisation Muktangan, helps to boost educational prospects for disadvantaged students. Finally, he operated the clapperboard on the first shot of new Bollywood film Veda, as the production company, Vistaar, announced a new investment of £13 million in the UK.
The delegation included major British brands from 3 sectors:
The delegation was organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. It also helps overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. It provides companies with the tools they need to be competitive on the world stage. Read more about the delegation.