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West Midlands India Partnership (WMIP) was launched on Friday 26 June in a virtual event attracting over 300 people online from across the world. You can view the launch here.

The WMIP will build on India’s strong track record of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the West Midlands, acting as a single point-of-contact for potential new investors.

The region’s strong business offer has already attracted some of India’s biggest companies, including Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Infosys, OLA, Enzen Global, Suprajit Group, Elder Pharmaceuticals and more recently, Microland.

The Partnership will develop stronger ties with India beyond the transactional relationship and will aim to work on areas of mutual benefit through civic partnerships, cultural collaborations and working on the living bridge of over 200,00 people of Indian origin. WMIP aims to expand on this strong base through targeted marketing and communications campaigns to encourage new Indian visitors and businesses to the West Midlands which is a part of its robust tourism strategy.

The West Midlands India Partnership will be governed by two separate boards comprised of senior stakeholders, leaders and representatives. The Advisory Board will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Partnership, providing advice and guidance to the Executive Board, which will shape the planning and delivery of the programme’s activity: 

Advisory board 

  • Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authorities 
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman Cobra Partnership & President, Confederation of British Industry
  • Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General, Consulate General of India 
  • Director, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Margot James, Executive Chair Warwick Manufacturing Group
  • Anil Puri, Chairman, Purico Group Ltd.
  • Meenu Malhotra Chairman, Malhotra Group of Companies
  • Rt Hon The Baroness Usha Prashar of Runnymede CBE, PC Chairperson, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry – UK (FICCI UK)
  • Tricia Warwick, Director India, Visit Britain
  • Kevin McCole, COO, UKIBC
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive, Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital 

Executive Board 

  • Chief Investment Officer, West Midlands Growth Company 
  • Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General, Consulate General of India 
  • Kalpesh Avasia, Executive Director, State Bank of India UK
  • Stephen Page, Tax Partner, PWC
  • Ninder Johal, Founder, Nachural
  • Lakshmi Kaul, Director UK, Confederation of Indian Industry 
  • Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University 
  • Dr. Jason Wourha, Chairman West Midlands India Partnership
  • Trevor Ivory, Partner, DLA Piper 
  • Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Birmingham 

With Commonwealth Games 2022 on the horizon, the Partnership will work towards bringing the best of India to the West Midlands and on taking the best of the region to India.

Taking leadership around all India activities, there is a strong interest to lead one of the biggest delegations to India in the run up to the commonwealth games utilising its membership and stakeholders across the region 

For further details on the West Midlands India Partnership, please contact Ghanshyam Nabar, 
India Partnership Director on 07377550241 or  Ghanshyam.nabar@wmgrowth.com

You can follow West Midlands India Partnership on Twitter - @WMidlandsIndia