The delegates are heading to Manchester in February to join the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition before touring other key northern cities including Newcastle and Leeds.
The group, led by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is made up of medium to large businesses from a range of sectors including health, life sciences, education, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
The delegation has a footprint across India, includes representatives from Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab and are “hungry to do business” with prospective partners in the North of England.
They will meet local companies looking for international collaboration during the visit, which has been co-ordinated by partners from the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference, that include Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA), The North West Asian Business Association (NWABA) and Asian Business Connexions (ABC) in the North East, and collectively make up the newly established Federation of Asian Business (FAB).
The organisations behind the visit will embark on a preparatory mission to India to set the foundations and plan the detailed itinerary ahead of the delegation’s visit to the UK in February.
Building relationships with India is a top priority for Prime Minister Theresa May, who recently led a trade mission to India to reboot the UK’s relationship with the country and forge a stronger strategic partnership between the UK and India.
Ammar Mirza CBE, Chairman of Asian Business Connexions (ABC) and Director of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), said: “The UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for Indian businesses to establish important relationships within the North.
“There are a variety of trade links and business opportunities available here and we are very focused on what can be achieved during this visit. We want to make sure that the right connections are made and as a result, secure business opportunities throughout the region.”
Martin Venning, director of the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition, said: “The North`s long standing relationships with India is one of the region`s great untapped assets with huge potential for the future. This is an outstanding opportunity for businesses attending the UK Northern Powerhouse Conference to meet face to face with prospective trade partners from India who are looking to establish links with northern companies from a diverse range of sectors who want greater access to global markets in the post Brexit era.”