Are you interested in trading with, or expanding your business in India and would like to understand how to make it happen? Then attend this breakfast seminar and get the opportunity to connect, discuss, and ask questions to businesses already active in the Indian market.

At the seminar, the Consul General of India, Dr Aman Puri will explain what the Indian government is doing to make it easier to do business in India. Business leaders from healthcare, food manufacturing, aerospace and defence sectors will share their experiences of trading and building relationships in India. They will also provide an insight into opportunities and challenges you will face whilst doing business with India.

Why India? India’s ranking in the World Bank’s – Ease of Doing Business Index 2018, has made a giant leap of 30 positions – from 130th in 2016 to the 100th spot in 2017. It is the second largest country in the world by population, the world’s largest democracy and the largest English speaking nation in the world. The country’s economy is set to exceed the size of the UK economy in the next few years and is forecast to be the 7th largest economy in the world by 2019.

There has never been a better time for UK companies to engage with India.


8.00am – 8.30am – Refreshments and Registration

8.30am – Opening Remarks, Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance, Derby City Council

8.35am – Make in India – Dr Aman Puri – Consul General of India, What the Indian Government is doing to make it easy to do business with India.

8.45am – Group Discussion: How to make it happen

  • Emma Sheldon MBE, Vernacare – Infection control organisation
  • Nainesh Patel OBE, Farsan Foods – handmade ethnic snacks
  • Mark Ness, Pattonair – aerospace and defence supply chain provider.

9.15am – Questions and Answers

9.55am – Concluding Remarks, Councillor Baggy Shanker

10.00am – Networking and breakfast

10.30am – Close

Businesses who are unable to attend will be able to join in the event by following it live on Periscope or Facebook Live. Businesses can also tweet in their questions during the event and have them answered during the Q&A session.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance comments:

“This event is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to make connections to the growing markets in India. We’ve pledged to protect investment in Derby by developing partnerships with countries outside the EU and this event will support that pledge.”

Dr Aman Puri, said:

The UK and India are among the top manufacturing countries in the world with a combined manufacturing output of more than US$500 billion. We strongly believe that a two way trade and investment relationship between India and British Businesses is essential for companies in both economies to realise the true potential of this partnership. This will spur a stronger export led growth by providing the required visibility and exposure.

Derby being one of the most significant Innovation Hub of the UK, with expertise in sector such as aerospace, rail, automotive, nuclear, advanced engineering, thriving professional service and creative industry, the various communities can collaborate with the advanced manufacturing innovation available in India. Businesses based in Derbyshire are urged to look at increasing their foot print in India, one of the fastest growing large economies of the World.”