“The opportunity to meet with and listen to the encouraging presentations, from the Indian delegation visiting the East Lancs Chamber of Commerce, was indeed a pleasure. The event highlighted the ease of which British Exporters and Importers can do business in this glorious country and the strong business relationships which can be built for sustainable trade.”

Liz Collier, Shipping Manager, Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd

That’s the message from one of Lancashire’s leading manufacturers and echoed throughout the county’s thriving business community following the latest East Lancs Chamber International Business Expo, Doing Business in India.

Flying in from the Indian sub-continent, fresh with the latest business opportunities to help Lancashire’s businesses maximise their potential in their unique sectors, was a truly international line up of speakers. Handpicked for their in-depth market knowledge and connections, the Expo brought together a distinguished line up of Indian market specialists including: The Consulate of India (key markets and sectors), EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting (The Indian economy and buying & selling in India), Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys (setting up a business in India and overcoming regulatory & supply chain hurdles), DSV Air & Sea Ltd (getting your goods to market), Moneycorp (foreign exchange risk), London Forfaiting Company (financing your export order), UK India Business Council (etiquette and culture), Intellectual Property Office, HM Revenue & Customs, Emirates and What More UK.

There was a highly charged buzz in the conference room and in the exhibition rooms during the networking sessions as the speakers confirmed that trade between the UK and the world’s fastest growing major economy is a priority for the UK Government. Significant sectors for UK companies within this diverse market include: manufacturing, engineering, chemicals, aerospace, food and drink, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Hosted and organised by the International Business Department of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Emirates, Moneycorp, Forbes Solicitors, Progrex it Solutions and The Cardboard Box Company these twice-yearly International Business Expos are now firmly established as must attend events by Lancashire businesses wishing to expand existing markets or successfully enter new ones.

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said:

“Growing businesses internationally is a real focal point of the Chamber and being able to bring this wealth of knowledgeable and experienced speakers to Accrington, on your doorstep, is what the Chamber is here for. It’s fantastic to see so many businesses looking at the opportunities available in India.”

View the photos from the day here

For further information, please contact Stephanie Warrington on 01254 356473 or s.warrington@chamberelancs.co.uk