Senior figures from across the North of England are heading to India in a bid to forge trade links with the world’s fastest growing economy.
The group, which includes entrepreneurs and civic leaders, is aiming to highlight Northern expertise in a range of technologies.
They are forming the first high profile delegation to take advantage of a new direct air link between Manchester Airport and India, in the form of Jet Airways’ direct service to Mumbai.
A spokesman said: “During their trip, the delegates will look to exploit opportunities for trade and collaboration between India’s fast-growing tech sector and the North’s specialisms in areas such as advanced manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, health technology, and FinTech.”
Rachel Clark, director of trade and investment at the Sheffield City Region, said: “High-growth markets such as India are increasingly important to the Sheffield City Region, particularly in the context of Brexit. We’re looking forward to building long-lasting, mutually productive relationships during this visit and as part of our wider programme.”
Sirius Minerals, the company behind the giant polyhalite Woodsmith Mine, near Whitby, is also taking part in the trip to India.
Gareth Edmunds from Sirius Minerals, said: “India has the potential to be an important market for us and we’re pleased to be involved in this event.
“In years to come we hope to be seeing POLY4 from North Yorkshire benefiting farmers and agricultural practices across India.”
International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, said: “I’m delighted that businesses are already making the most of the new Manchester to Mumbai flight path.”