An India trade mission has resulted in deals which, if successful, could generate £45m and 600 jobs for Greater Manchester.
That’s according to Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who said a delegation visit he led to Bangladesh and India this month has resulted in a series of deals, partnerships and investment projects.
Reported by the MEN’s Business-Live, 30 delegates from more than 20 companies joined Mr Burnham on the trade mission, delivered by the Manchester India Partnership (MIP), which aimed to strengthen bilateral ties.
The visit resulted in memorandums of understanding between University of Salford and Karnataka State Higher Education Council; Manchester Museum and the Partition Museum, Armritsar; and MediaCityUK’s The Landing and Famous Studios in Mumbai.
Mr Burnham said:
“I want to work with the next generation of Indians to drive new opportunities for both regions.
“This is the time to give back through partnership and write a new chapter.
“That partnership is based on equality and mutual benefit, which was perfectly represented by the announcements we made in India last week, acknowledging our past while building new opportunities for the future.”
Mr Burnham made the announcement at a Diwali dinner held by Deloitte last night.
Jo Ahmed, Partner at Deloitte and MIP board member, added:
“The relationships we have established through the Manchester India Partnership are already paying dividends for our city and it was excellent to see so many familiar faces at Deloitte’s Diwali dinner to celebrate that.
“It is now time to take it to the next level, build on existing partnerships and create new ones to bring Manchester’s ambition to be the number one digital city in the UK to fruition, while boosting social and economic impact in both Manchester and India.”
The Manchester India Partnership (MIP) was established in February 2018 to build and strengthen trade, investment, cultural, and educational ties between the two regions.
India has the fastest growing economy in the world and the MIP brings together businesses, universities, and the public sector to develop a strategic approach to engaging one of the UK’s most important international partners.