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UK Karnataka Business Meet 2016 - Post Conference report

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'UK India Karnataka Business Meet 2016' , the 16th business meet of BSICC business meet series, was held at Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London on 24th November 2016 so as to promote business activity and partnerships between UK companies and Indian companies, particular among those who have business activity in Karnataka.The business meet attracted about 100 delegates including representatives from Karnataka, Members of House of Commons, representatives from UK companies, Indian companies and other individuals/ organisations from across the world who are interested to pursue business in Karnataka/ India/ UK and businessmen from India who are successful in UK. About 18 experts from UK and Karnataka shared their experience with the delegates from a wide range of sectors and this helped to achieve the summit's aim of establishing an understanding of major business challenges and opportunities in UK and Karnataka/ India and promoting exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences among current and future business and political leaders from UK and India/ Karnataka.

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UK Karnataka Business Meet 2016 - Post Conference report

  1. 1. © 2016 by Sivaleen Inc. All rights reserved UK Karnataka Business Meet 2016 POST MEET REPORT Thursday, 24th November, 2016 UK Parliament, Westminster, London, UK
  2. 2. © 2016 by Sivaleen Inc. All rights reserved British South India Council of Commerce, with Sivaleen Inc as the delivery partner, successfully organised UK Karnataka Business Meet 2016 on 24th November 2016 at UK Parliament, Westminster, London so as to showcase business opportunities between UK and Karnataka, a state in the South of India. UK Karnataka Business Meet 2016 was the 16th meet of BSICC 'Business Meet' series, which have been held at British Parliament, London over the last few years and these business meets have so far engaged around 2350 delegates as part of BSICC's mission to promote trade and investment between the UK and India, specifically South India . The Business Meet was chaired by British Member of Parliament and Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group Chairman Hon Mr Virendra Sharma MP, who is the Patron of British South India Council of Commerce. The other British MPs who participated in the business meet include Hon Martyn Day MP, Hon Stephen Timms MP and Hon Rishi Sunak MP, the only British MP with links to Karnataka. The meet attracted participation from about 100 companies from the UK and Karnataka and from the feedback we have received, the program was a great success as the business meet was able to establish an understanding of major business challenges and opportunities in the UK and Karnataka. The business meet also achieved the objective of promoting the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences among current and future business and political leaders from both the regions. A total of 17 speakers shared their expertise during the 4 hour business meet, which had about 100 delegates who had registered to attend the event During the business meet, UK Karnataka Business Chamber (UKKBC), which is part of the wider network of British South India Council of Commerce, was launched so as to promote trade and investment between Karnataka and the UK, and to provide a platform for companies and businessmen who wish to become part of Karnataka - U.K trade community. The Brochure of UK Karnataka Business Chamber was launched by BSICC Patron Hon Mr Virendra Sharma MP and Hon Rishi Sunak MP alongside UKKABC Chairman Mr.Manjunath Viswhakarma and BSICC Directors Mr.Philip Abraham and Mr.Sujit Nair.,FRSA THE MEET PROGRAMME SUMMARY Mr.Virendra Sharma MP, the Patron of British South India Council of Commerce, welcomed the delegates attending the business meet. BSICC Co Founder & Chief Co Ordinator Mr Sujit Nair hosted the meet. The first talk of the business meet was by Hon Mr.Rishi Sunak, MP who is the only current British MP with links to Karnataka. Mr.Sunak provided a brief overview of UK India relations and spoke in detail about his relationship with Karnataka and the advantages of doing business in the state. This talk was followed by a panel discussion about 'Starting up / Scaling up in Karnataka (India)' which provided insights into how international companies / global entrepreneurs have been able to
  3. 3. © 2016 by Sivaleen Inc. All rights reserved participating in the summit, were small businesses and one of the challenges faced by majority of smaller businesses is access to finance. For the benefits of these businesses, the next talk was by Mr.Antanu Das, Managing Director - Punjab National Bank ( International ) Limited who shared his expertise and knowledge about the financing options that are available for small businesses in the UK. The next panel discussion titled 'Advantage Karnataka' focused on the advantages and business opportunities which Karnataka provides for companies who are interested to pursue business activity in the state. Mr.Prabhakar Gowribidanur, Media personality / Television Anchor/ Creative Head - Vaibhav creations moderated the discussion. The other panellists included Mr Asif Iqbal, Director - Diplomatic Consular Corps of Karnataka; Mr.Manjunath Karma, Chairman - Aaditya Karma Group; Mrs.Vinoda Prabhakar - Advocate, Karnataka and Mr.Prashanth Raj - Film Director, Karnataka start up and scale up their business in Karnataka. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Chris Wiseman, Corporate Development Manager TWI UK Ltd (Moderator) and comprised of Mr.Laurence Croneen, Co Founder - Deeper Blue Ltd; Mr.Hendrik Van Dord, Vice President - India Economic Trade Organisation and Mrs.Pallavi Sundareshan, Co Founder - Taxbell/ Pallavi Audio. The larger number of businesses which BSICC has engaged over the years, including the ones who were The next panel discussion titled 'Starting up in the UK for Migrant Entrepreneurs' focused on opportunities & challenges when entrepreneurs from another part of the world try to set up their business in the UK. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr.Kosta Mavroulakis, Founder & CEO - Empact Ventures/ Campaign Manager- StartUp Britain. The panellists included Mr.Rafael dos Santos , Founder & CEO - Mi - Hub; Mr.Mohan Panguluri, Director - Qapitol QA; Mr.Olly Whittle, Founder - Budipay and Mr.Chandra Mouly, Sales Director, Itti.com The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr.Sadanand Nayak , Executive Director - Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd / Member - BSICC Advisory Board
  4. 4. © 2016 by Sivaleen Inc. All rights reserved Important Disclaimer: Important please note: This report is for guidance only and has been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the meet and is believed to be correct at the date of publication. Copyright All content in this document, including logos, text, images, graphics etc are protected by copyright and/or design right owned by Sivaleen Inc unless identified as belonging to third parties. The business meets of British South India Council of Commerce Ltd is initiated, implemented and executed by Sivaleen Inc , which also represents BSICC in India Tapping into our network and expertise built over the years, British South India Council of Commerce also offers consultancy services to those companies who are looking to start, scale up or expand into the UK and Indian markets

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