How to do business in India

4 December 2014

Chamber International and UK India Business Council (UKIBC) invite you to this topical seminar on how to do business in India. 

With traditional markets, such as the EU, at a relative standstill it is more important than ever for UK businesses to innovate their business plans, in order to move ahead of the market and maximise new opportunities. 

India’s economy continues to grow at an impressive rate of around 6%, with several Indian states expanding at staggering rates some of which are over 10%. As a result, the potential rewards of exploring the Indian market are significant, and there are compelling reasons why India should figure prominently in every business’ strategy. However, there are nuances that companies looking at India need to be aware of. The Indian market requires thorough preparation and a long term view. 

Our speakers will share their expertise and offer first-hand advice on key topics; from choosing your Indian business partner, protecting your IP, trade finance, staff recruitment and adapting your product for an Indian market.  

You will be able to network with like-minded delegates and experts, participate in a Q&A with UK businesses that are succeeding in doing business India. Hear why they chose this market and how they did it.  


10.00am        Arrival      
10.30am        Welcome and Introductions   
10.40am        Why India? - Steve Toogood, Director UKIBC        
11.10am        Legal Considerations, establishing operations and financing

11.30am        Refreshment break      
11.40am        Case Study: Your Market Entry Strategy        
12:00pm        UKTI support in India and New British Business Centers
12.15pm        Panel discussion and Q&A      
12.45pm        Networking Lunch       
13.30pm        Close

Steve Toogood, Director, UK India Business Council

Steve is UKIBC Director of Regions and is based in Manchester.  He spent over 20 years in the private sector working for the Olympus Corporation, was Vice President for Olympus Surgical Industrial America Inc. based out of New York and Director of Olympus's Industrial Business including responsibilities for R&D and International Sales and Marketing with agents and distributors in India and throughout Asia.  The company was presented with Queen’s awards for International Trade and for Innovation associated with the Industrial Business.

He has broad sectoral knowledge through working in the highly diversified markets for Olympus’s equipment, with development partners including Rolls Royce, USAF, F1 Autosport and PowerGen and in a company who are also market leaders in medical endoscopy and microscopy.

Steve joined UKIBC from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) where he provided strategic advice on international business development and connected clients to UK Government overseas services.  He organised and chaired many conferences on Asian markets and led multiple business missions to India and China.

He is a Chartered Marketer, MCIM and MIEx, Alumni of SP Jain Management School Mumbai and graduate of Sheffield University. 

Where: Irwin Mitchell, 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4BZ

When: December 4th 2014

Cost: £55 (excluding VAT).

Discount available to members of Chambers of Commerce


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 Chamber International - UK India Business Council

         Steve Toogood, Director UKIBC

 "India has the great advantages of a credible legal system, many English-language speakers and home-grown technology companies which are expanding globally" Jim O'Neill, 'Goldman Sachs' rock star Business Week. Author of The Growth Map

Chamber International - UK India Business Council