GM LEP are members of the Manchester India Partnership and support its work both financially and through other activity

Innovation hub, HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology, has secured a major contract, extending over three years, facilitated by the Manchester India Partnership, with the Indian government to support five high growth Indian technology companies with their expansion into the UK.

This is the first partnership of its kind with the Indian government, which has selected Greater Manchester as the only other location outside of London to run this programme, forging stronger ties with India and contributing towards the region’s economic growth.

The Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), part of the Indian government, developed the project to help growing Indian technology SMEs secure business infrastructure support and launch in the UK. The UK ranks second for India’s software exports, reflecting its significance for the Indian technology industry.

Media City-based HOST will dedicate a team and infrastructure to represent the companies as they expand in the region. The five Indian SMEs provide effective solutions for a diverse range of sectors, including manufacturing, finance, healthcare, airlines, and the public sector with products and services focused on data science, bespoke software application development, IoT and digital service consulting.

This follows Greater Manchester being the first city-region in the UK to sign an agreement with India’s State of Maharashtra, which is home to the city of Mumbai and other major industrial areas.

As well as being home to a fast-growing £5 billion digital ecosystem, Manchester is officially the UK’s Top Digital Tech City, with ambitions to become a top five European digital city and global influencer.

The five companies HOST will be supporting are Terrah Technologies, NeoSOFT Technologies, Prospecta Technologies, GoodBits Tech and SIERRA ODC – which are located in five different cities spanning across India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, Kochi and Coimbatore.

HOST will be responsible for finding new business opportunities and networks, contacting prospective customers and building relationships, helping the companies to accelerate their business growth in new markets.

The Manchester India Partnership was established in February 2018 to unite private businesses, academia and the public sector across India and Greater Manchester to build and strengthen trade, investment, cultural, and educational ties.