India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties. Since 2000, UK has been the largest G20 investor in India, investing $ 22.2 bn. The number of UK businesses in India has more than doubled since 2000, and the range of sectors attracting UK investment has seen strong growth in education, retail, consumer goods, life sciences, healthcare and infrastructure.

Major UK Investors

Prominent UK Investors in India

    • During PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in Nov 2015, both PMs agreed to hold biennial PM-level Summits to enhance the partnership and agreed on a new Defence and International Security Partnership.

    • During British PM Theresa May’s visit to India in Nov 2016, the two countries signed agreements pertaining to Ease of Doing Business to share best practices and cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property rights.

    • In April 2018, both nations decided to launch an India-UK Tech Alliance, set up a UK-India tech hub, enhance UK-India Tech Cluster partnerships, and collaborate on AI and digital healthcare in India’s Health Districts Programme

    • The UK has consistently been one of the top five investing countries in India over the last 18 years.

    • Between 2000-2018, investments directly from the UK amounted to $ 26.09 bn representing 7% of total FDI into India, ahead of USA and Germany at 6% and 3%, respectively.

    • Between April 2000 and June 2018, the UK created 422,524 jobs in India. In the 18 month period between September 2016 and June 2018, UK companies created around 52,000 jobs in India, which reflects a nearly 14% increase in number of jobs over the previous 18 month period.

    • The UK is the fourth largest investor in India, having invested $ 26.09 bn after Mauritius, Singapore and Japan from April 2000 to June 2018.

    • South India received a 67% share of UK investments in the 12 months ending August 2018, Karnataka received 38% of UK investments, followed by Maharashtra at 36% and Tamil Nadu at 29%.

    • Around 79% of UK companies in India are subsidiaries, while 21% work with local partners through joint ventures.

    • An estimated 56% of UK companies in India are engaging the services sector.

    • Around 49% of the UK companies export from India. Out of this 49%, 56% or from the manufacturing sector and 44% are from the services sector.

    • The GT/CBI survey found that the indirect employment generated by the UK companies in India was 419,370 employees. The manufacturing sector had the highest number of indirect employees with 252,400, followed by the services sector (166,120) and trading sector (850).

    • Around 6% of employees of UK companies in India are women.

    • Cultural ties between the UK and India extend back to 1600 when East India Company was formed to undertake trade between Tudor England and Mughal India.

    • Since then, India and the UK have continued to share strong cultural ties, evident by the fact that the Indian diaspora, which totals about 1.5 mn people, is the largest ethnic minority group in the UK

    • In the last nine years, there have been over 25,000 exchanges between Indian and UK academics, researchers and students through the UKIERI scheme alone.

    • Further, more than 160,000 Indian students have gained a university education in the UK over the last decade

    • Scotland has a rich historical connection with Kolkata in particular, as well as a long-standing relationship with Indian artists, chiefly through festivals such as the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe and Celtic Connections

    • Recently, the Queen of the UK launched the 2017 UK - India Year of Culture

Prominent Investments

UK in India

Unilever

A British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include ...Read more

BP

A British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is one of the world's seven oil and gas supermajors whose ...Read more

AVIVA

A British multinational insurance company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has about 33 mn customers across 16 countries. In the United ...Read more

Vodafone

A British multinational telecommunications conglomerate, with headquarters in London and Newbury, Berkshire. It predominantly operates services in ...Read more

GSK

A British multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brentford, London. Established in 2000 by a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline ...Read more

HSBC

A British multinational banking and financial services holding company. It is the 7th largest bank in the world, and the largest in Europe, with ...Read more

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

An Indian multinational information technology (IT) service and consulting company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is a subsidiary of ...Read more

Wipro

An Indian multinational corporation that provides information technology, consulting and business process services. It also has interest in Consumer ...Read more

HCL

An Indian multinational technology company, India. It is a subsidiary of HCL Enterprise. Originally a research and development division of HCL. It ...Read more

Infosys

An Indian multinational corporation that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services. Infosys is the second-largest ...Read more

MindTree

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Recent Investments

MG Motor India Commences Production From Gujarat

MG Motor India has begun production of the MG Hector at its facility in Halol, Gujarat, ahead of the SUV's global launch. The facility has an 80,000 unit capacity and MG Motor India has put in $.5 bn into this facility so far. 

BP plans to invest $2 billion in India upstream ventures

BP plans to invest $ 2 bn in India upstream ventures over next few years. In the past seven years, BP has invested more than $ 8 bn in India, with over $ 7 bn invested in exploration and production. With its partner Reliance Industries (RIL), BP also plans to produce 10% of India’s total gas demand by 2022.

Tata-Tesco JV to open 50 retail stores, distribution centre in Hyderabad

Trent Hypermarket, a 50:50 JV between Tata and British retailer Tesco, plans to open 50 retail stores in Hyderabad in the next 2-3 years apart from setting up a distribution centre. The expansion is part of the 200 stores planned for Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. 

Shell India acquires 100% equity in Hazira Port & LNG Companies

Shell India, subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell acquired 100% of Hazira Port and LNG venture allowing Shell to build an integrated gas value chain: supply from its global LNG portfolio, regasification at the Hazira facility, and downstream customer sales. It further enables Shell to contribute towards India’s long - term need for more and cleaner energy solutions.

Marks & Spencer continues its expansion in India

British brand Marks & Spencer (M&S) today reaffirmed its commitment to growing its joint venture business with Reliance Retail in India, and expects to continue opening 10 new stores annually. M&S also plans to grow its reach across the country via online fashion platforms

UK Team

The UK Team at Invest India aims to facilitate and assist UK companies in their India entry and expansion plans. Working closely with various stakeholders including states and regulatory authorities, we bring to you a seamless experience in kick-starting your business in India.

Key Functions

  • End-to-end spectrum of investment promotion – research, outreach, promotion, facilitation and aftercare
  • Initiating, attracting, facilitating, fast-tracking and handholding UK investments across sectors
  • Providing information on investment opportunities across sectors, in specific projects and in industrial corridors in particular
  • Extending holistic support to the small and medium enterprises from UK with India interest

Team Advantages

  • Opportunity assessment

  • Policy and incentive advisory

  • Location assessment

  • Market entry strategy

  • JV and strategic partner research

  • Approvals and compliance advisory

  • Issue redressal support

  • Expansion advisory

  • Policy impact analysis

  • Automobile

    • 4th 

      largest car manufacturer

    • 5th

      largest automobile producing nation

    • $ 100 bn

      Current value of Indian Automobile Industry

      • Largest two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer
      • 2nd largest bus manufacturer 
      • 3rd largest heavy trucks manufacturer  
      • Employs 32 mn people both directly and indirectly
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  • Chemicals

    • 3rd

      largest consumer of polymers in the world

    • $304 bn

      Value of Indian chemical industry by 2025

    • 6th

      largest producer of chemicals in the world

      • 3rd largest producer of chemicals in Asia, with an estimated industry size of $ 139 bn
      • 4th largest producer of agrochemicals in the world
      • Supplies 16% of the global dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • Specialty chemicals market to reach $ 70 bn by 2020
      • Petrochemicals market expected to grow at CAGR of 10% to reach $ 100 bn by 2022
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  • Food Processing

    • 2nd

      largest producer of fish

    • 2nd 

      largest producer of horticulture crops

    • $828 bn

      Expected value of Indian food and retail market by 2020

      • Largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices
      • Largest producer of milk
      • 299 cold chain projects have been approved, of which 135 are operational
      • Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a government scheme, was formulated for creating a modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet
      • 42 upcoming Mega Food Parks under Mega Food Park Scheme
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  • Retail & E-commerce

    • 1st

      Rank in Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) in 2017

    • 3rd

      Largest consumer economy by 2025

    • 5th

      Largest preferred retail destination globally

      • Asia’s 3rd largest retail market and 4th largest globally
      • Consumption expenditure to reach $ 6 tn by 2030
      • E - commerce market expected to reach $ 200 bn by 2027
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  • Aerospace & Defence

    • 2nd

      Largest armed force in the world

    • 5th

      Largest defence budget in the world

    • 6%

      Budget allocated to R&D

      • Contributes 3.3% to global military expenditure
      • Exports worth $ 668 mn to 18 countries in 2017
      • 60% of requirements met through imports 
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  • FinTech

    • 2nd

      Highest FinTech adoption rate globally

    • $ 5.7 bn 

      Investments in India's FinTech sector over 2014 - '18

      • FinTech software market expected to grow to $ 2.4 bn by 2020 from $ 1.2 bn by 2016
      • 2nd highest number of FinTech startups founded in India globally over (2015 - '18)
      • Digital Payments industry to reach $ 500 bn by 2020

       

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    • Electronic Systems

      • $400 bn

        Value of Indian electronics market by 2025

      • 19.5%

        Projected CAGR of the sector during 2016-20

      • 2nd

        largest smartphone market

        • Opportunities across Electronics, Technology and Telecom sectors to reach $ 1 tn by 2024
        • Fastest growing smartphone market in the Asia Pacific
        • Consumer Electronics and Appliances Industry expected to become 5th largest by 2025
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    • IT & BPM

      • 67%

        Market share in global IT sourcing

      • 17,000+

        Firms and startups offering IT services

      • 18 GB

        Data consumption per smartphone in 2023

        • IT-BPM industry (excluding e-commerce) stands at $ 167 bn as of FY18
        • Digital technologies business is the fastest growing segment for the industry at 30%
        • Smartphone users expected to double to 829 mn by 2022 from 404.1 mn in 2017
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