On Tuesday 27th November Derby City Council welcomed Dr Aman Puri and his colleagues from the Consulate General of India based in Birmingham.  The visit, that was hosted by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Chris Poulter and Councillorr Baggy Shanker, was a chance to share Derby’s local business aspirations and to learn more about the growing economy in India.

During the visit, Dr. Puri was given a tour of a variety of businesses across Derby, including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Pattonair, that all have their offices located in the city.

For the last few years, Derby City Council has been working with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Derby, University of Derby, Midlands Engine and local businesses and exploring and developing initiatives that would assist us in making most of the enormous opportunities presented by the world’s fastest growing major economy – India. Derby’s future economic prosperity will depend on the ability of local businesses of all sizes to look beyond national and regional boundaries to secure jobs and investment.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of the Council said:

“There is no shortage of ambition in Derby, amongst our SME’s and in our communities. Derby City Council will continue to do all we can to help local businesses fulfil those ambitions, to facilitate investment from India and to help local people benefit from the growth in the economy. Dr. Puri’s visit today is definitely an important step in that process.”

Councillor Baggy Shanker said:

 “The city Council is determined to support SME’s to develop new markets and the current international link of Derby city demonstrates the breadth of our ambition. India as the fastest growing economy in the world definitely is one of our target markets.”

In January 2018 Derby City Council, in partnership with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work with Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata to promote and foster trade and multilateral relations between Derby and Kolkata.

Dr Aman Puri, Consul of India said:

“I am impressed on Derby’s link with India and there is enormous potential in India for Derby’s SMEs. The Consulate General of India in Birmingham will continue helping Derby’s Business Community to explore the opportunities in India.”

As a result of the memorandum, 9 businesses based in and around Derby have been matched with appropriate businesses in Kolkata to identify investment and trading opportunities.