Businesses from across the Sheffield City Region attended a breakfast event today (Tuesday 20 March) to learn more about boosting trade relationships with India.
The Access India Programme Business Breakfast was the first of its kind in Sheffield City Region and was part of the Access India Programme, working with the UK India Business Council and the High Commission for India in London.
Representatives from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the region got the chance to hear from experts, meet companies who successfully trade in India and network over breakfast.
In 2015 Sheffield City Region businesses exported £81m worth of goods to India, and it was one of the top five source markets for investment into the SCR between 2006 and 2016.
Chris Scholey, Chair of the Trade and Investment Board of the Sheffield City Region, said: “We have a strong business ethic here – our approach is simple, straightforward and pragmatic.
“That’s why I’m proud that we were able to host this event here today, and showcase to businesses the array of ways in which we, and our partners, can help them start up, grow and thrive.
“I hope that delegates learned something new today, made new contacts, and will use this information to drive forward new trade relationships with India.”
Mark Robson, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Director for Trade, from the Department for International Trade, said: “I was delighted to take part in this event, which demonstrated the significant benefits that trading with India can bring to small and medium sized enterprises in Sheffield City Region.
“As an international economic department, DIT recognises the importance of bilateral trade and investment between India and the Northern Powerhouse.
“Sessions such as this are crucial for providing businesses with the information, assistance and contacts they need to form new trading relationships.”
The event, held at the Mercure St Paul’s hotel in Sheffield city centre, demonstrated the benefits that trading in India can have on developing and established SME’s. The event received high praise from both attendees and the hosts and could hopefully see stronger ties between the SCR and India in the future.
Kevin McCole, Chief Operating Officer of the UK India Business Council, said: “It was great to visit the Sheffield City Region again and it is no surprise that the delegation were impressed by what the Sheffield City Region has to offer India.
“The city region’s excellence in manufacturing and health tech have won new admirers. There are many more people in India that will share this positivity.”
The High Commission of India in London is the diplomatic mission of India in the United Kingdom and is supported by UK India Business Council as the official Knowledge Partner for the Access India Programme.
This event was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Exporting for Growth Programme.
A spokesperson for the High Commission of India to the UK said: “There exist exciting prospects for Indian firms and businesses outside London and it is essential to highlight and spread information regarding the excellent opportunities that the SCR provides.
“The Access India Programme, launched by the Indian High Commissioner to promote investments from UK small and medium sized enterprises into India, represents a strong prospect, and I urge as many as possible SCR firms as possible to take advantage of this programme.”