Working With India

India will be the third biggest economy in the world by 2030 and is predicted to grow at an average of 5.9% per annum until 2050, making it the most rapidly expanding of all G20 countries.

India Growth Champions Scheme

In March 2020, we will be launching our India Growth Champions Scheme alongside the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC).

The scheme will see us launch a search for businesses to apply for the India Growth Champions scheme. The scheme, a joint venture between the SCR and the UKIBC, is on the hunt for 10 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to develop their business links with India, which will culminate in a trade mission to the country in autumn 2020.

Successful applicants will receive 10 days of dedicated support. Alongside the development of an India business plan which will include company-specific market research and competitor analysis alongside workshops and business mentoring.

Each successful business will be guaranteed a minimum of five appointments with potential partners whilst in India as part of the trade mission.

To apply to join the India Growth Champions Scheme please complete the application here.

Our work with India

In 2015, the Sheffield City Region exported £81m worth of goods to India – making it the region’s 12th largest trading partner.

As the world’s largest democracy, with ambitions towards advanced manufacturing technologies and processes, India is an ideal trading partner for the Sheffield City Region, for mutual benefit. Sheffield City Region’s world leading capabilities in manufacturing, design and development, backed by two world leading academic institutions mean there are a wealth of opportunities for collaboration.

India has been an under-exploited export market for the SCR. Whilst the EU accounts for 55% of all goods and services from the SCR, India and China combined accounted for only 6% of the region’s total trade.

Sir Nigel Knowles, International Advisor to the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “The time is right for us to develop even stronger and more productive relationships with trade partners around the world – and there are none more important than India.” 

In 2017, we introduced the strategy: ‘Make in India, Design and Develop with the Sheffield City Region’. Since then, we have started to build relationships with Indian companies, particularly in the advanced manufacturing sector.  In Sheffield City Region, our research-led advanced manufacturing cluster, backed by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is well developed and is pushing the boundaries of digital efficiency and Industry 4.0.

In March 2020, we will be launching our India Growth Champions Scheme alongside the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC). To find out more and to register to attend the launch event, please click here.

The event will see us launch a search for businesses to apply for the India Growth Champions scheme. The scheme, a joint venture between the SCR and the UKIBC, is on the hunt for 10 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to develop their business links with India, which will culminate in a trade mission to the country in autumn 2020.

Successful applicants will receive 10 days of dedicated support. Alongside the development of an India business plan which will include company-specific market research and competitor analysis alongside workshops and business mentoring.

Each successful business will be guaranteed a minimum of five appointments with potential partners whilst in India as part of the trade mission.

What does Sheffield City Region have to offer India?

  • World-leading capabilities in manufacturing, design, and development. There is strong potential for Indian companies to be involved in projects in aerospace, automotive and healthcare technologies.
  • Advanced Manufacturing capabilities through our Global Innovation Network, which offers extensive investment opportunities for Indian companies.
  • Our region has a reputation for creativity and innovation, and this is stimulating a fast-growing digital technology/creative industries sector.
  • Two world-class universities attracting thousands of Indian students every year, as well as collaboration with overseas businesses.

Find out more about the SCR’s offer to India here: SCR Working with India.

In November 2019, Sir Nigel Knowles headed up a highly successful international trade mission to Pune in India which is likely to lead to further trading opportunities and job creation in the region.

Ten delegates from organisations, including Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) joined Sir Nigel on the trade mission, which was organised by the Sheffield City Region in association with the UK Indian Business Council (UKIBC) as part of strengthening relationships between the two trading nations.

The trade mission involved visiting a host of advanced manufacturing and academic organisations, including the Automotive Research Authority of India, the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT-Bombay) and Pune College of Engineering, as well as meeting with the British Deputy High Commissioner to India and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.    Sir Nigel and our local business delegates also visited Bharat Forge, which has over 50 years of manufacturing excellence and the College of Engineering, also in Pune.

We are looking forward to building further collaborative partnerships with Indian businesses and investors.

China Engagement

The Sheffield City Region has a long-standing, successful relationship with China.

Read more about what we’re doing below: