India business links fostered

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The UK's high commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg, has recently met with Yorkshire businesspeople in Leeds as part of a programme to help the UK northern region's companies win business in India.

Stagg is the UK's most senior representative in this large and rapidly evolving market. Hosted by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), he met representatives of 14 local small and medium sized enterprises that are already making inroads in the Asian country. The companies that attended included family firm Pavers Shoes of York; Sheffield Forgemasters, which has operated for over 200 years; and Leeds–based manufacturer Brandon Medical. They discussed the experiences of Yorkshire companies establishing themselves in India, and the support available from UKTI – the government's international business development organisation – and the UKIBC. Stagg said: " Yorkshire SMEs have a growing presence in the Indian market, cutting across many sectors.... . In the current difficult international circumstances, we believe that India will continue to grow and can offer opportunities to other innovative and entrepreneurial firms in this region. My message is that UKTI stands ready to help. " Stagg also met representatives of Leeds's legal services sector – the UK's second largest legal hub – to explore the recent improvements in prospects for doing business in India. Also on his agenda was a networking event with Indian international students at Leeds University Business School, before a panel discussion that allowed businesspeople, professionals and students to exchange views and ideas about the relationship between India and the UK.

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