This month we  were delighted to host an  Inward Investment Indian  trade mission.  Led by the British Deputy High Commission to Chandigarh Andrew Ayre, the delegation comprised of  17 Indian business people.  Trade as it currently stands is around £5bn per year. Around two thirds of that is Indian exports to the United Kingdom and around one third of that is UK exports to India. India is a key market when it comes to trade and will become even more important once the UK leaves the European Union. We were delighted to take the delegation to meet: Professor Adam Beaumont founder of aql,  Chris Black Managing Director of Sound Leisure the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) and the Lord Mayor who hosted the delegation for afternoon tea and gave a great Leeds City presentation.  On the evening of day one the delegation were invited to a sparking reception hosted by  Professor Lisa Roberts the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Leeds and Dr Surender Munjal Director, India and South Asia Business Centre, University of Leeds.  On day two, travelled to Sheffield City Region and visited  Sheffield Hallam University and  the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Park  before heading off to London for the launch of the  India and the Northern Powerhouse Mission Report  at the House of Commons

Hosted by Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament, Leeds North East MP, the key objective of the mission report was to celebrate the strong connections between the UK Northern Powerhouse and India and to point to future engagement and collaborations. I would like to thank His Excellency YK Sinha Indian High Commissioner represented by Manish Singh Minister (Economic), Andrew Ayre Head of British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh, India, Professor Ammar Mirza CBE, President Federation of Asian Business, Lakshmi Kaul Representative – UK at Confederation of Indian Industry Sohail Ali Senior Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP Commercial & Finance and Chet Behl ,Legal Counsel  NPSO Ltd for leading on the key note presentations.

Businesses, diaspora communities, and our civic and economic institutions all have a role to play in building our future ties. With just over a year until the UK reaches its Article 50 deadline, now is the time to embrace our global bonds and nurture them for the future. Our report launch was timely  in Parliament last week with MPs, diplomats, businesses from across the UK and our delegation of Indian tech companies. This report is a call to action for the Northern Powerhouse and it is clear to me that the time is right to propel ourselves forward together to thinking international, to think India. I am delighted to have been at the helm of a set of activities that are providing a platform for ongoing Northern Powerhouse – India engagement.

The team at Quatro have been immensely helpful as advisors, writers and convenors; a wonderful team to work with.


For a copy of the India and the Northern Powerhouse report please contact

YABA in Partnership with CBI: The Future of UK Trade with India– 24 April 2018 | Bradford

I am pleased to announce that through Sharon Jandu, YABA will be represented on the CBI Yorkshire and Humberside regional council.

In partnership with the CBI, I am delighted to invite you to join CBI Country Director for India, Shehla Hasan at a special networking reception on Tuesday 24th April at the University of Bradford Shehla has recently been named as one of the eleven most influential women in the India/UK business corridor. I am really pleased that she will be visiting Yorkshire to share her expert insight on the emerging markets and opportunities in India. Shehla will speak about India in depth but also give a regional perspective on South Asia as a whole.

Shehla will be also be joined by a panel for a discussion on what British business need to do to be successful and how we can also encourage inward investment.

This is a networking event for business executives at all levels with investment or exporting interests across the Indian Subcontinent.

Event Details:

Date:               Tuesday 24 April 2018

Venue:            University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP

Time:               17:00 – Registration and Networking

17.30 – Keynote address from Shehla Hasan, CBI Country Director for India, followed by a panel session and Q&A

18:30 – 19.30 Networking with refreshments

Book your place here and the CBI we will forward further details a little closer to the time.

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) approved for British Citizenship, Settlement and visa applications.

Trinity provides SELTs across the UK. SELTs are taken by people who need to demonstrate their English language level for the purpose of obtaining British Citizenship, Settlement or a visa for work or study.

The SELTs Trinity offer are:

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English – approved for British Citizenship, Settlement and visa applications

  • A 6 minute (A1), 7 minute (A2), or 10 minute (B1) one-to-one speaking and listening test

For Trinity’s GESE exams, candidates receive provisional results on the same day and certificates are usually sent within 7 days.

ISE: Integrated Skills in English – approved for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 visa applications

  • A contemporary four-skills qualification testing reading, writing, speaking and listening

Trinity has 10 SELT centres across the UK with tests available up to 7 days a week in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London Croydon, London Hammersmith, London Holborn, Manchester and Peterborough. Information about the SELTs offered by Trinity can be found at or call us on 0333 358 3183.

Discover commercial opportunities with India
The Federation of Asian Businesses (FAB) in partnership with business groups across the northern powerhouse are organising a trade mission to facilitate business connections between Business Women across the UK Northern Powerhouse and the most progressive states in India.
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