AIP – Launch of First Cohort and Programme Update
The High Commission of India in London’s flagship programme – the Access India Programme (AIP) has reached an exciting landmark. The First Cohort of 24 UK SMEs to be taken on board AIP was announced during the recent visit of PM Modi and his senior delegation to the UK. A meeting of these companies with Mr Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary DIPP and Invest India CEO, Mr Deepak Bagla was organised on 19 April 2018. Some of the larger UK companies including Perkins, BAE Systems, JCB, Rolls Royce, Renishaw and TWI, who are involved as mentors for AIP, were also present at the meeting.
The various outreach events, activities and interactions across the UK that we have organised since the launch of the Access India Programme, have helped increase awareness about the programmme and has started providing an unique insight into the mindsets of UK medium and small businesses and their export / international investment plans.
We have been able to reach out directly to over 400 UK businesses and some key multipliers to inform them about the programme and its benefits. This number is much higher when we consider the numbers who have been informed and sensitised about the AIP through the website and social media. The interest from UK SMEs in the Indian market has been extremely encouraging.
We have received a very good response from UK companies for participating in AIP. These companies are spread across various sectors and some of them have products and technologies which have applications in multiple sectors. Key sectors of interest include
– Defence & Security
– Advanced manufacturing
– Advanced materials
– Food processing
– Medtech and Healthcare
– Cyber security
– Niche and Innovative Technologies across various sectors
As we go ahead with the first cadre of companies for AIP, we are keen to encourage more UK medium and small businesses with innovative products and manufacturing technologies to apply to the programme. Please apply on this website. We look forward to finalising and launching the second and subsequent cohorts over the next few months.