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Sep 19, 2013

UK India Business Centre opened in Gurgaon

image The first UK India Business Centre opened in Gurgaon today. UK Minister for Trade & Investment, Lord Green flew in with a delegation of 11 British trade associations to launch the business centre. Lord Green, Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Bhupindar Singh Hooda and UK India Business Council Chair Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt participated in a lamp lighting ceremony which was attended by leading UK and Indian businessmen and policy makers. The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Groups (BBGs) support this initiative which will help British companies, especially small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs), experience a low-risk, low-cost entry into India.

 

This is the first such centre to open in a major emerging market since PM Cameron’s announcement in November that the UK would go ahead with an initiative designed by Lord Green to transform the support given to the UK business overseas.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said, "I am delighted to be here today opening the very first UK India British Business Centre in Gurgaon. This is an initiative which is very close to my heart. The centre will help UK small and medium sized businesses work closer with more established British businesses in India and provide them with the support needed to capitalise on the huge potential of the Indian market.

The network of centres across India will also drive a step change in the number of UK companies doing business in India contributing to prosperity in both countries.

Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UKIBC said, "I am delighted that we are opening the first of a planned network of six such Centres across India. It will be run by UKIBC in partnership with UKTI and the British Business Groups in India. Each Centre will provide meeting, training, networking and conference space alongside advice and other market entry services, with a particular emphasis on SMEs wanting to get into the Indian market for the first time."