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India and UK ‘tech month’ launched

India-UK Future TECH Month calls on UK SMEs to export to India, and promotes continuation of significant Indian investment in the UK

The DIT will take more than 60 Indian companies on a tour of business hubs in UK cities
The DIT will take more than 60 Indian companies on a tour of business hubs in UK cities

The Department for International Trade India will curate a month-long series of technology-focused business activities in the UK and India during November as part of India-UK Future TECH Month.


India-UK Future TECH Month calls on UK SMEs to export to India, and promotes continuation of significant Indian investment in the UK. DIT India will take more than 60 Indian companies in 10 sectors on a tour of business hubs in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry and London with the objective of inspiring new partnerships, strengthening tech collaboration and landing business deals.


The centrepiece of the activity will be an India Zone at Innovate 2017 in Birmingham on 8-9 November.


‘Future TECH’ Month will showcase the very best UK technology and innovation to an Indian audience, including buyers, investors, and central and state-level Government officials, spanning sectors as diverse as data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), ICT services, advanced manufacturing, electric vehicles, automotive, healthcare, life sciences, food and drink and creative industries.


“November marks one year since British Prime Minister Theresa May led her first overseas trade mission to India, and two years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landmark UK visit,” said British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG.


“On both occasions, India and the UK demonstrated their ‘unbeatable combination’, agreeing a range of closer partnerships covering prosperity, science, innovation and technology. These are of course built in PM Modi’s words on a ‘living bridge’ of talent, people, ideas and capital.”


He added that the time is right to redouble the commitment to matching India’s technology demands with the UK’s very best offer, encouraging UK companies to look to India and to encourage Indian companies to grow their businesses in the UK.


“We are working with a range of partners in the Government of India to lead this new form of partnership this November. We are already partners in core PM Modi priorities around ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Invest India’, and we acknowledge the demand for British technology and innovation to meet India’s ambitions as the world’s fastest growing G7 economy,” he said.


“I am confident this India–UK Future TECH month will inspire British businesses to ‘Think India’ and will expose India’s most ambitious businesses to the breadth and depth of the UK’s tech expertise.”


At Innovate UK, DIT is bringing together partners from the Indian Government, Invest India, the Indian High Commission in the UK, and the Indian Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, along with Indian State Governments of Karnataka and Kerala.


The focal theme of the programme is, ‘India’s Innovation and Technology Needs – The UK’s offer’. A range of informative sessions will showcase the market opportunities in India, launch the Birmingham element of Invest India’s ‘Access India’ programme, and provide crucial information on professional services and ease of doing business in India. This will be supported by thought-leadership sessions on India’s ‘trillion dollar’ digital opportunity and a panel discussion on data analytics, IoT and big data.


As a part of Future TECH Month, Indian buyers and investors will visit the creative hub at MediaCity in Manchester, the VRTGO augmented and virtual reality conference in Gateshead, the Warwick Manufacturing site and of course Innovate 2017.



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