The British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru Dominic McAllister has engaged with stakeholders at the burgeoning ICT hub and British expat community Whitefield in a bid to promote trade and investment opportunities.
Commissioner McAllister also used the visit to inaugurate the ‘Britain Meets Business @ Whitefield’ event.
He was accompanied by representatives of the UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT), British Council (BC), UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and VFS (visa and passport application processing services). The team met with businesses and people interested in exploring the UK as their destination for trade and investment.
As well as promoting trade and investment the visit was further designed to stimulate discussion about education, cultural ties and strengthen public engagement.
Speaking at the event Mr McAllister said: “Whitefield is a unique part of Bengaluru which has evolved into a vibrant community and ICT hub.
“UK firms such as ARM, Tesco, Test & Verification Systems UK (TVS UK) and Essential Energy have chosen to set up here and many British expats have made Whitefield their home.
“From its sleepy start as an outpost of the Anglo-Indian community, it’s now at the heart of everything Bengaluru is known for — IT, innovation, arts and culture.”
The Commissioner visited companies including Mu Sigma and Essential Energy. He highlighted the opportunities for firms to tie-up with the UK at the upcoming India-UK Tech Summit, to be held in New Delhi from November 7-9.
British trade delegations focusing on healthcare, lifesciences, advance engineering and science & innovation will travel to Bengaluru from November 8-11 to further strengthen ties with businesses and research centres based in Bengaluru.
McAllister also interacted with Whitefield civil society ‘Whitefield Rising’ and civic activist R K Misra to exchange views on urban issues the citizens’ action group is tackling.
The British Deputy High Commission has in the past worked with the Greater London Authority (GLA), Bengaluru administrators and NGOs on urban governance issues. He also met British expats living in the area in the evening and later hosted a reception for business contacts and stakeholders.