Prime Minister Narendra Modi described India and the UK as “an unbeatable combination”.

The India-UK Business Convention will celebrate the strength of the UK-India relationship and unlock further opportunities.

GALA DINNER

The Gala Dinner is an opportunity to build new relationships or cement old ones, in the surroundings of one of New Delhi’s most prestigious venues, The Taj Palace.

LEADERS’ CONCLAVE

Participate in our exclusive Leaders Conclave to access the business and political leaders that make India and the UK such “an unbeatable combination”.

PLENARY SESSIONS

Our speakers will identify the trends, opportunities, pitfalls and key areas of collaboration that leads you to success.

HOW TO SESSIONS

Learn how your company can prosper from the growing number of collaborations by joining interactive sessions, attending one to one meetings with the experts.

B2B AND SHOWCASE ZONE

Find new business contacts at the B2B and Showcase Zone, which features companies already succeeding in India, and participate in informal networking events throughout the convention.

PROGRAMME

The India-UK Business Convention is built around a Leadership Conclave and a Business Convention. The Convention will be held over three days from Thursday 10th September to Saturday 12th September.

RUNNING OVER THE THREE DAYS.

10th September: Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner
19.00 – 20.00 COCKTAIL RECEPTION Rani Bagh
20.00 – 22.30 GALA DINNER
Speeches and Addresses throughout the evening
Durbar Hall
11th September: Leaders Conclave ‘Innovation in the Economy’ – Sponsored by KPMG
09.45 – 11.45 INNOVATION IN THE ECONOMY - (Gold Ticket Holders only)
This session will discuss the role of innovation in international trade and its dramatic evolution in recent years. This session will go one step further and argue that the UK and India are on course to become innovation strategic partners. The session will consist of:
  • Opening remarks Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG India
  • Ministerial addresses
  • CEO Forum moderated by Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18
  • Closing remarks Nitin Atroley, Head of Sales and Markets, KPMG India

Broadcast by CNBC TV18
Durbar Hall
12.00 –13.00 DELEGATE LUNCH Shah Jehan
11th September:  Day
13.10 –13.20 OPENING OF BUSINESS CONVENTION AND LAMP LIGHTING BY DIGNITARIES
  • Presentation of Innovation in the Economy Report by Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo
Durbar Hall
13.20 - 14.05 “AN UNBEATABLE COMBINATION”
  • Keynote Addresses by Cabinet Ministers followed by discussion
Moderator:
  • Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18
Broadcast by CNBC TV18
Durbar Hall
14.10 –15.10 MAKE IN INDIA PANEL DISCUSSION
Join us for an insightful session on understanding the commercial opportunities being created by the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
Speaker:
  • Shri Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Panellists:
  • Anand Kripalu, CEO & Managing Director, Diageo
  • Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, JCB India Ltd
  • Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK
  • Mark Simpkins, Vice President & General Manager India, BAE Systems
Moderator:
  • Ananth Narayan, Regional Head, Financial Markets, India & South Asia, Standard Chartered
Durbar Hall
15.10 –15.25 TEA BREAK  
15.30 – 15.50 Address by Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Durbar Hall
16.00 –17.00 DIGITAL INDIA PANEL DISCUSSION -
This session will provide insights on the impact of digitalisation and associated technological development across sectors in the UK and India and how these can bring a more intelligent and more sustainable future to our world.
Speaker:
  • Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services
Panellists:
  • Dhiraj Rajaram, Founder & CEO , Mu Sigma
  • R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM
  • Sunil Sood, Managing Director & CEO Vodafone India Ltd.
  • Ashok Vaswani, CEO for Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays
Moderator:
  • Neel Ratan, Global Leader – Digital Government Network, PwC Global
Durbar Hall
17.00 – 17.20 Address by Shri Siddaramaiha, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Durbar Hall
17.25 – 17.40 TEA BREAK
17.45 – 18.45 COMPETITIVE FEDERALISM PANEL DISCUSSION
This session will focus on the implications stemming from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s changes to what was a complex governance structure, replacing the Planning Commission with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) and the enactment of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. The focus will be on what this means in terms of competition between states for FDI.

Panellists:
  • Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd
  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life
  • Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman India and Director ASP, HSBC
  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council
  • Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Quality Council of India
  Moderator:
  • Sir Richard Stagg, Chairman, Rothschild India
Durbar Hall
11th September: Evening
19.10 –19.30 COACHES DEPART Main Hotel entrance
19.30 –22.30 DINNER AT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONERS RESIDENCE
  • Address by the British High Commissioner, Sir James Bevan
  • Ministerial address
  • Address by Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council
 
Residence
12th September: Day
09.00–09.15 WELCOME TO THE DAY by Richard Heald, Group CEO, UK India Business Council
  • Launch of HSBC and KPMG survey of UK Business in India
  • Address by Akshay Bhalla - Partner, Markets - International Business Corridor, KPMG
Durbar Hall
09.20–10.30 'INDIA - RED CARPET OR RED TAPE' PANEL DISCUSSION
This session will discuss the ‘Make in India’ campaign and the increasing focus on ‘Ease of Doing Business’. As the Union and State Governments strive to create the right framework for business growth and investment, this panel discussion will highlight the issues, challenges, and way forward during the second year of Modi’s government.

Speaker:
  • Ajit Gulabchand, Chair and MD, Hindustan Construction Company
  Panellists:
  • T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chair, Manipal Global Education
  • Sunil Kaul, Group President – Technology, Innovation & Excellence in Manufacturing, ANAND Automotive Limited
  • Sunil Sanghai, MD & Head of Banking, HSBC India
  Moderator:
  • Rakesh Kaul, Partner – Government & Public Sector Practice, PwC India
Durbar Hall
10.30 –10.40 TEA BREAK
10.45 –11.45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
a) CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR: ONLINE AND OFFLINE
Speakers:
  • Lyn Duncan, CEO, cloudBuy
  • Shaurya Mehta, Co Head – Nature’s Basket Online, Godrej’s Nature’s Basket
  • Venu Nair, Managing Director, Marks & Spencer Reliance, India

b) GROWTH IN INDIA: ORGANIC OR INORGANIC –
Speakers:
  • Frank Hancock, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance, India, Barclays
  • Chris Cracknell, CEO, OCS Group
  • Ajay Sethi, Managing Partner, ASA & Associates LLP
  • Sudhanshu Priyadarshi, Global Chief Operating Officer, Cipla Ltd



Durbar Hall







Jehangir 2
11.45 –12.00 TEA BREAK
12.00 –13.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
a) FINDING AND RETAINING THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND MANAGING THE SKILLS GAP –
Speakers:
  • Ashok Bajpai, Managing Director, G4S Corporate Services (India)
  • Sanjay Shetty, Vice President, Randstad India

b) EASE OF DOING BUSINESS – STATE LEVEL BUSINESS COMPETENCE -
Speakers:
  • Jaijit Bhattacharya, Partner, Infra & Government services, KPMG
  • St John Gould, Director - UK Trade, Investment & Prosperity – India, British High Commission, Delhi
  • Shailendra Singh, Joint Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce

c) COMPLIANCE : UNDERSTANDING THE UK BRIBERY AND INDIAN COMPANIES ACT –
Speakers:
  • Vidya Rajarao, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Siddharth Talwar, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • James Owen, Senior Managing Director – India & South Asia, Control Risks



Durbar Hall





Jehangir 1









Jehangir 2
10.45 –12.45 UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT AND UK EXPORT FINANCE SESSIONS
a) TAKING YOUR BUSINESS GLOBAL FROM THE UK
Discover why the UK is the perfect gateway to international expansion. Hear from Indian companies who have already invested in the UK and are thriving in the UK and Europe as a result. With favourable tax rates, a shared language, an internationally business-friendly timezone, easy access to the rest of Europe… Indian companies invest more in the UK than they do in all other EU countries combined, and this session will help equip your company to make that next big breakthrough into the rest of the world, via the UK.
Speakers:
  • Mr. Vishwanath Alluri, Founder & Executive Chairman, IMImobile
  • Neel Ghose, VP – International Operation, Zomato Media Pvt Ltd
  • Kumar Iyer, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai & Director General UK Trade and Investment, India
  • Samit Kumar Biswas, CEO & Director, Advatech Healthcare Pvt. Ltd & Advatech Health Care Europe Ltd
  • Alpesh Patel, Dealmaker, UK Trade and Investment
  • Lalit Malik, Chief Financial Officer & Head Business Development, Eicher Motors Ltd
Mumtaz
10.45 – 11.45 B) FINANCE SUPPORT FOR YOUR CONTRACTS WITH UK SUPPLIERS FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT with Ali Sherwani, Regional Head, MENA & Asia, International Business Development UK Export Finance
  • How UK Export Finance can help you access financing
  • UK Export Finance’s products and services
  • Case studies of how UK Export Finance has assisted overseas buyers of UK goods and services
Jehangir 1
13.00 – 14.30 CLOSING LUNCH AND NETWORKING
  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council
Shah Jehan

Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner is an opportunity to build new relationships or cement old ones, in the surroundings of one of New Delhi’s most prestigious venues, The Taj Palace.

Guests will hear from a VVIP speaker.

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Leaders' conclave

The Leaders’ Conclave will provide a forum for business and political leaders from India and the UK to discuss the key areas of collaboration between the two countries, with a particular focus on “Innovation in the Economy”.

This morning session will facilitate engagement between the Indian Government and Indian Industry and a selected group of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 CEOs and other senior executives of UK companies based in India.

Morning Leaders Conclave ‘Innovation in the Economy’ – Sponsored by KPMG Location
09.45 –11.45 INNOVATION IN THE ECONOMY - (Gold Ticket Holders only)

This session will discuss the role of innovation in international trade and its dramatic evolution in recent years. This session will go one step further and argue that the UK and India are on course to become innovation strategic partners. The session will consist of:
  • Opening remarks Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG India
  • Ministerial addresses
  • CEO Forum moderated by Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18
  • Closing remarks Nitin Atroley, Head of Sales and Markets, KPMG India

Broadcast by CNBC TV18
Durbar Hall
12.00 –13.00 DELEGATE LUNCH – sponsored by Barclays Shah Jehan
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Plenary sessions

Hear from senior political and business leaders, who will discuss why India is important for UK companies, why UK companies are so important to India, and why now is the right time to invest. Featuring a leading business figure from India.

Our speakers will identify the trends, opportunities, pitfalls and key areas of collaboration that leads you to success.

Making in India Panel Discussion

Join the UK India Business Council for an insightful session on understanding the manufacturing opportunities being created by the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Digital India Panel Discussion

India’s young and aspirational population is growing. To accommodate rapid urbanisation, the Government of India is turning to innovative digital solutions. This session will provide insights on developments in the UK and India and how these can bring a more intelligent and more sustainable future to the world.

Competitive federalism

Today, federalism in India is ambivalent; it gives the central government considerable scope and initiative, a major share in resources and residual functions, while simultaneously giving state governments considerable powers and scope for manoeuvre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed what was a complex governance structure, replacing the PC with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). This new structure is intended to create a collaborative competitive federalism; competition between states, like that between companies, would bring about greater efficiencies, while co-operative federalism with the centre would achieve overall development objectives (both of states, and national).

How will this approach work in practice?

India: “red tape” or “red carpet”?

While there is universal support for the ‘Make in India’ campaign, it is strongly felt that there is a need to establish an enabling environment upon which depends the actual realisation of this campaign. This panel discussion will highlight the issues, challenges, trends and way forward during the second year of Modi’s governance.

"how to" sessions

Doing business in India need not be daunting. Our one hour breakout sessions are broken down into four simple stages; Learn, Assess, Plan and Grow. So whether you are new to the market, looking to expand within India, or are already firmly established, these sessions will equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed.

Learn

  • Ease of doing business – incremental changes to the operational environment
  • Intellectual Property Rights in India

Assess

  • Adapting to India’s consumer dynamics
  • Going solo or local partnerships?

Plan

  • Finding and retaining the right people and managing the skill gap
  • Compliance – understanding the UK Bribery and Indian Companies Act

GROW

  • Social media marketing
  • Cross-border M&As

MEET THE EXPERTS

Experts are available throughout the day for delegates to have one to one sessions with specialist advisors. Whether your questions relate to tax, company formation, IP, HR, banking, export credits or the law, there will be an expert on hand.

B2b zone AND SHOWCASE

Learn how your company can proposer from the growing number of collaborations by; joining interactive panel discussions, attending one to one meetings with the experts, finding new business contacts at the B2B Zone, meeting companies already collaborating at our showcase, and participating in informal networking events throughout the convention.

B2B ZONE

With hundreds of businesses under one roof, all with a keen interest in UK - India commerce, this is a unique opportunity for you to meet potential customers, suppliers and partners. Take the opportunity to pre-book one to one meetings and meet at the B2B Zone.

Showcase Exhibition

At the heart of the convention will be our showcase exhibition, where UK and Indian corporates will showcase the collaborations that are already turning the UK and India into “An Unbeatable Combination”.

Networking

Unique opportunities throughout the day to meet with other UK and Indian businesses succeeding in India to exchange ideas, share tips and make new business contacts.