showed what it has to offer as it welcomed a high-level trade
delegation from the Indian industrial powerhouse of
A four-strong group of government and trade officials from India
arrived in Wolverhampton and spent two days discovering what
opportunities exist for investment and cooperation.
The trip was a direct result of a trade mission which took place
last November where Wolverhampton City Council chief executive
Simon Warren led a similar delegation alongside the University of
Wolverhampton to Bangalore.
Back then a memorandum of understanding was signed between the
Confederation of Indian Industry, Wolverhampton City Council and
the University of Wolverhampton to promote business opportunities
at every available opportunity.
The city council’s economic development department is working
hand-in-hand with the University in an attempt to boost skills and
bring jobs and investment to Wolverhampton.
Bangalore is the centre of the Indian aerospace industry and
Wolverhampton has a thriving aerospace sector of its own. City
regeneration chiefs are keen to develop trade links with India to
create opportunities for Wolverhampton to do business with one of
the fastest growing economies in the world.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's cabinet
member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "We are delighted to
receive such a distinguished industrial delegation from Bangalore
to help develop international trade between our regions as part of
our collaboration agreement.
"We are aware that Bangalore is a bustling industrial region
with many similarities to Wolverhampton and we are seeking to
maximise the opportunities that exist for mutual benefit."
The delegates were guests of honour at a Civic Reception hosted
by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Malcolm Gwinnett.. There
was an exchange of gifts between the Mayor and the delegation’s
lead - Dr Raj Kumar Khatri from the Karnataka Udyog Mitra
Government of Karnataka, India.
The delegates also toured the I54 business park - a 96 hectare
site on the northern boundary of Wolverhampton and South
Staffordshire which aims to create 6,000 jobs primarily in the
technology sector. It will be promoted as an ideal location for any
Indian companies wishing to relocate to the area.
They looked around HS Marston Aerospace headquarters in
Fordhouses, and were taken on a trip to Wolverhampton Business
Solutions Centre and toured Marstons Brewery. The University of
Wolverhampton hosted a dinner.
On the second day of their visit, the delegates visited the
global aerospace company Goodrich which has a large site in
Fordhouses, followed by a tour around Molineux Stadium, home of
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. The Premiership club has
extensive links with India and has formed a partnership with JCT FC
- a club in the Punjab area of the country.
of Wolverhampton is supporting the Indian visit with a focus on
innovation and sharing knowledge - particularly in the advanced
technologies and skills required by aerospace companies.
A close partnership exists between the University and the city
council’s economic development team on keys areas such as inward
investment. The partnership is intended to boost trade for the city
and targeted Bangalore specifically for its large aerospace
Professor Richard Hall, University of Wolverhampton associate
dean and professor of engineering design and simulation, said:
"During this visit we will be showcasing Wolverhampton businesses
and in particular the aerospace and high technology sectors and
discussing how we can collaborate on activities such as innovation,
research and development, skills development and bi-lateral
"We also hope to demonstrate how the city council and the
university are working together to provide the necessary assistance
for our local companies to create the right environment to ensure
success so that we can capitalise on the significant growth
potential of high value added industries."
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