Press release

PM leads trade mission to India to ‘reboot an age-old relationship in this age of opportunity’

Prime Minister Theresa May embarks on her first bilateral visit outside of Europe, taking 33 business representatives to India.

  • over 30 British businesses, including small- and medium-sized enterprises from every region of the country, join Prime Minister’s first trade mission
  • commercial deals set to create 1370 jobs in the UK
  • new UK-India urban partnership to unlock opportunities worth £2 billion

The Prime Minister embarks on her first bilateral visit outside of Europe today, taking 33 business representatives to India as the government gets on with the job of seizing the opportunities of Brexit and delivering an economy that works for all.

Travelling with a trade delegation for the first time, the Prime Minister’s visit to Delhi and Bangalore will be focused on forging a stronger strategic partnership between the UK and India, with the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi due to meet tomorrow afternoon for over 2 hours of talks on trade, investment, defence and security.

Find out the latest updates on the Prime Minister’s India visit.

The Prime Minister wants to establish a stronger trade and investment dialogue with India, breaking down existing trade and investment barriers, and securing agreement to talks at official level that will pave the way for a bilateral trade arrangement once the UK has left the EU. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Trade Minister Greg Hands.

Speaking ahead of the visit, the Prime Minister said:

When I took office, I said that the mission of this government would be to forge a bold new positive role for the United Kingdom in the world and make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us. And that’s exactly what I will be doing this week – leading my first trade mission to India, with small businesses from every corner of the country, as we seize the opportunities of leaving the European Union.

Because while others seek to tie our negotiating hands, the government will get on with the job of delivering the decision of the British people. It was MPs who overwhelmingly decided to put the decision in their hands. The result was clear. It was legitimate. MPs and peers who regret the referendum result need to accept what the people decided.

And now we need to turn our minds to how we get the best outcome for our country. That means sticking to our plan and timetable, getting on with the work of developing our negotiating strategy and not putting all our cards on the table – that is not in our national interest and it won’t help us get the best deal for Britain.

It also means expanding our horizons and forging stronger partnerships with countries around the world. The UK and India are natural partners – the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy – and together I believe we can achieve great things – delivering jobs and skills, developing new technologies and improving our cities, tackling terrorism and climate change. This is a partnership about our shared security and shared prosperity. It is a partnership of potential. And on this visit I intend to harness that potential, rebooting an age-old relationship in this age of opportunity and with that helping to build a better Britain.

A host of commercial deals are due to be signed during the visit, which together are expected to create 1,370 jobs in the UK, providing a real boost to our workforce and financial security for hundreds of families across the country.

They include:

  • a £1.2 million joint venture initiative between the Pandrol Group UK and Rahee Group in India – to set up a state-of the-art manufacturing plant in India, supplying metro and Indian rail projects across the country
  • a £15 million high-end imaging and diagnostic centre in Chennai to be developed by Lyca Health UK
  • a £350 million investment from British start-up, Kloudpad, into high-tech electronics manufacturing in Kochi. The company will create a manufacturing facility and a highly advanced research and development facility allowing them to expand their global reach

Both governments will also sign a landmark agreement to improve the intellectual property landscape in India with a programme of co-operation between the UK Intellectual Property Office and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. This will support Indian efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property rights, thereby addressing one of the concerns for British businesses operating in India.

The UK will also commit to extend assistance to India to improve the business environment, including by providing advice on reducing regulation, tax and public administration, standards and insolvency. No other country has such comprehensive co-operation with India in this area, which is intended to support Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to push India up the world’s Ease of Doing Business rankings from its current 130th spot and in turn make it easier for UK business to trade and invest in India.  

Finally, both Prime Ministers are expected to launch an India-UK Urban Partnership on smart cities and urban development which could be unlock new business worth up to £2 billion to British business over the next 5 years. 

This partnership brings together not just the 2 governments, but also business, investors and top urban experts from both nations, to build smarter, more inclusive cities that drive prosperity, jobs and growth in both India and the UK. The collaboration is expected to focus on the fast-growing and dynamic state of Madhya Pradesh with the historic and holy city of Varanasi also set to benefit.

Delegate list

  1. Aralia Systems – Dr Glynn Wright, CEO (south-west – Bristol)
  2. Bronze Software Labs – Richard Howells, CEO (West Midlands – Wolverhampton)
  3. Darktrace – Poppy Gustafsson, CEO (EMEA) London
  4. Docobo – Adrian Flowerday, Managing Director (south-east – Leatherhead)
  5. GeoLang – Debbie Garside, CEO (Wales)
  6. Huntleigh Healthcare – Peter Cashin, Managing Director (Wales – Cardiff)
  7. Kainos – Paul Gannon, Senior Vice President (SVP) Sales (Northern Ireland)
  8. Kano – Alex Klein, CEO & Co-Founder (London)
  9. Kromek Group plc – Dr Arnab Basu  (north-east – Sedgefield)
  10. Morningside Pharmaceuticals – Dr Nik Kotecha, CEO (East Midlands – Loughborough)
  11. Nquiringminds – Dr Nicholas Allott, CEO & Founder (south-east – Southampton)
  12. NVH Global – Hannah Simcoe-Read, CEO (south east – West Sussex)
  13. Oaktec – Paul Andrews, Founder & CEO (north-west – Lancashire) 14.Onfido – Husayn Kassai, CEO (London)
  14. Oxford Nanopore Technologies – Dr Gordon Sanghera, CEO (south-east – Oxford)
  15. Oxygen8 Communications – Shane Leahy, Group CEO (West Midlands)
  16. Purico Group – Professor Nat Puri CBE, Founder (East Midlands – Nottingham)
  17. QuantuMDx Group – Elaine Warburton OBE, CEO (north-east – Newcastle upon Tyne)
  18. Red Ninja – Lee Omar, CEO (north-west – Liverpool)
  19. Scotch Whisky Association – Sarah Dickson, Director of Global Affairs (Scotland)
  20. Telensa – William Gibson, Managing Director (east – Cambridge)
  21. The Floow – Aldo Monteforte, Chief Executive (Yorkshire and Humber – Sheffield)
  22. Torftech Group – Chris Dodson OBE DL, Chairman (south-east – Berkshire)
  23. Vernacare – Emma Sheldon, Group Marketing Director (north-west – Bolton)
  24. VST Enterprises – Louis-James Davis, CEO (north-west – Manchester)
  25. Aviva – David McMillan, CEO
  26. UK Green Investment Bank – Shaun Kingsbury, CEO
  27. Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Member, UK-India CEO Forum
  28. Arup – David Whittleton, Deputy Chairman
  29. Diageo plc – Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive
  30. Lloyd’s of London – John Nelson, Chairman
  31. Standard Chartered plc – Sir John Peace, Chairman
  32. Standard Life plc – Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman
Published 6 November 2016