Manchester-India Partnership (MIP), a newly formed international trade initiative, has been recognised for its efforts to strengthen links between the UK and India.
The group was named Trade & Investment Promotion Organisation of the Year at last night’s UK-India Awards 2018. During a black tie dinner and ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, MIP was presented with a Special Recognition Award for its work supporting global trade, tourism and academic opportunities between Manchester and India.
The public-private partnership’s official launch took place in February at the House of Commons and in Mumbai. Chaired by Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Manchester Airport, it has dedicated staff in Delhi, Bangalore and Manchester, and operates under the banner “Make in India, Innovate with Manchester”.
Following the ceremony, Mr Cowan said: “To win the Special Recognition Award is a testament to the work that has already taken place as a result of MIP. This includes securing a direct Manchester–Mumbai flight with Jet Airways and welcoming more leading Indian companies like Tech Mahindra and Hero Cycles into Greater Manchester’s Indian diaspora.
“This is a proud moment for the region and we look forward to the positive and sustained impact MIP will have on supporting the local economy, on tourism and how relationships between the business community and academia will be enhanced in years to come.”
The awards ceremony, which marked the end of this year’s UK-India Week, was judged by a panel of leading figures from the worlds of business, technology, media, international trade and politics. It included Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises; Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade; Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP, former Secretary of State for International Development; Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount; and Barkha Dutt, Author and Broadcaster.
Manoj Ladwa, founder of UK-India Week and India Inc., added: “The UK-India Awards is the perfect occasion to celebrate the bond between the UK and India and honour the remarkable people building on this winning partnership with their ingenuity, optimism and good will.
“I am exceptionally humbled by the commitment of our winners and the runners-up, who make the UK-India relationship a transformative and global partnership.”