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Peer-to-peer workshop in Kolkata

British Deputy High Commission Kolkata hosted an investor workshop for retail companies in Kolkata, Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Bruce Bucknell
British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata Bruce Bucknell speaking at the workshop

The event was organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and supported by the Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO).

The workshop saw a strong turnout of current exporters and prospective investors.

Addressing the audience, British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata Bruce Bucknell explained the rationale of organising the workshop. DIT had taken on board feedback from prospective investors attending earlier events about the need to understand more about the investment journey and hear first-hand accounts of existing investors.

The technology start-up scene has seen a lot of mentorship in different shapes and forms. Young aspirational companies in the traditional sectors are often not so lucky. Sensing this gap in demand and supply and also factoring in regional characteristics, DIT organised this event focusing on retail sector companies.

Two inward investors from the retail sector, the companies being Silkoak Global and Folk, joined the discussion as panelists sharing their experience of doing business in the UK. Through the moderated discussion the audience also came to know more about the sector events and how these could be leveraged for market entry and business growth. It was encouraging to see the peer connect as the audience could relate to the business insights offered by the panelists.

Ramesh Kumar Agarwal, the Regional Chairman (Eastern Region) of FIEO, thanked the British Deputy High Commission for organising this event where their members could get valuable insights on event participation and doing business in the UK.

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Published 2 March 2017