India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties. The UK is the 6th largest investor in India and has invested $30.59 bn in foreign direct investment inflows. There are currently ~572 UK companies in India with a combined turnover of ~ INR 3,390 billion and directly employing 416,121 people directly as of FY20. the range of sectors attracting investment from the UK has seen strong growth in education, retail, consumer goods, life sciences, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Major UK Investors

UK Major Investors


    • The UK – India Startup Launchpad was launched at the UK techXchange in September 2019. The Launchpad enables startups, investors, incubators, and entrepreneurs of both countries to connect with one another and provides them with resources to expand and become globalized start-ups.

    • The UK is the 6th largest investor in India, having invested $ 31,901.56 bn between April 2000 and March 2022. This represents 5.42% of the total FDI inflows in India during this period.

    • During the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to the UK in November 2015, PMs of both the countries agreed to hold biennial PM-level summits to enhance the partnership and agreed on a new Defence and International Security Partnership.

    • During the British Prime Minister's visit to India in November 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 the countries 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 District Mental Health Programme.

    • The UK joined the India-backed International Solar Alliance in April 2018 during PM Modi’s visit to the UK. This is a resolve to help over a billion poor people gain access to clean and sustainable energy.

    • During the official visit of Prime Minister of UK to India on 21st April 2022, MoU on Cooperation on Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership between Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK was signed.

    • During the official visit of Prime Minister of UK to India on 21st April 2022, MoU on Cooperation on Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership between Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK was signed.

    • Joint Statement on the Visit of the Prime Minister of UK to India: Towards shared security and prosperity through national resilience. Read More

    • Sh. Piyush Goyal, visited UK on 26-27 May 2022 to hold discussions with UK Government and Businesses on the progress made in FTA negotiations and the way forward Read More

    • During the India-UK Virtual Summit in 2021, PM Modi and PM Johnson agreed on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two regions and adopted the India-UK Roadmap to 2030 to drive cooperation for the next 10 years. 

    • During 14th JETCO held in 2020, India and UK Trade Ministers committed to setting up an Enhanced Trade Partnership between the two countries. In the India-UK Virtual Summit 2021, PM Modi and PM Johnson launched the Partnership and set the ambitious target of more than doubling India-UK trade by 2030.

    • Southern states of India received 67% of the cumulative UK investments between September 2017 and August 2018. Of the total number of UK-based companies investing in India, 38% invested in Karnataka, 36% invested in Maharashtra 36% and 29% invested in Tamil Nadu.

    • Around 79% of the UK companies in India are subsidiaries, while 21% work with local partners through JVs. Also, nearly 49% of the UK companies export from India, of which 56% are from the manufacturing sector and 44% are from the services sector.

    • A survey conducted by Grant Thornton and Confederation of British Industry found that the UK companies generated indirect employment for 419,370 employees in India. The manufacturing sector had the highest number of indirect employees (252,400), followed by the services sector (166,120) and the trading sector (850).

    • Cultural ties between the UK and India go back to 1600s when The East India Company was formed to undertake trade between Tudor England and Mughal India. The two countries have continued to share strong cultural ties.

    • 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.

    • In 2017, the Queen of the UK launched the UK-India Year of Culture to mark cultural ties between the UK and India.

Prominent Investments

UK in India


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


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


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


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


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


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

India in UK

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


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


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


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


An Indian multinational information technology and outsourcing company headquartered in Bengaluru, India and New Jersey, USA. Founded in 1999, the ...Read more
  • Automobile


    • 4th 

      largest car manufacturer

    • 4th

      largest vehicle market

    • $118 bn

      Current value of Indian Automobile Industry

      • Largest two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer
      • 2nd largest bus manufacturer 
      • 3rd largest heavy trucks manufacturer  
      • Employs 35 mn people both directly and indirectly
      • The EV market is expected to grow at CAGR of 44% between 2020-2027 and is expected to hit 6.34 million-unit annual sales by 2027.
    Visit Sector 3Investible Projects
  • Chemicals


    • 3rd

      largest consumer of polymers in the world

    • $300 bn

      Value of Indian chemical industry by 2025

    • 6th

      largest producer of chemicals in the world

      • 3rd largest consumer of polymers in the world
      • 4th largest producer of agrochemicals in the world
      • Supplies 16% of the global dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • The agrochemicals market in India is expected to reach $3.7 bn by 2022 and $4.7 bn by 2025
      • The petrochemical demand is expected to grow at 7.5% CAGR from 2019-23
    Visit Sector 30Investible Projects
  • Food Processing

    Food Processing

    • 2nd

      largest producer of fish

    • #1 

      producer of Milk

    • $535 bn

      Expected value of Indian food and retail market by 2025-26

      • Largest producer, consumer, and exporter of spices and cashew nuts
      • Largest producer of pulses
      • 353 Cold Chain projects, 63 Agro-Processing Clusters, 292 Food Processing Units, and 6 Operation Green projects have been approved
      • 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
      • 41 upcoming Mega Food Parks under Mega Food Park Scheme
    Visit Sector 81Investible Projects
  • Retail & E-commerce

    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
    Visit Sector 2Investible Projects
  • Aerospace & Defence

    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 
    Visit Sector 5Investible Projects
  • Electronic Systems

    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
    Visit Sector 10Investible Projects
  • IT & BPM

    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
    Visit Sector 13Investible Projects

Investible Projects

Explore Opportunities




    $ 120.73 bn





    Private Projects


    Govt. Projects


Recent Investments

British International Investment Announces $89 mn for Solar Projects in India

British International Investment Announces $89 mn for Solar Projects in India

British International Investment (BII) is providing $47 mn as part of a follow-on investment to the distributed solar company Fourth Partner Energy for projects totaling 294 MW. The projects will be developed across India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The latest funding brings BII’s total commitment to Fourth Partner Energy to $80 mn.

PM Boris Johnson announces new deals worth £1 billion on India visit

PM Boris Johnson announces new deals worth £1 billion on India visit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in India on Thursday morning for his two-day visit. He will announce a host of commercial agreements and unsher in a new era in UK and India’s trade, investment and technology partnership.


ATD Group, UK's SRAM & MRAM plan INR 100 cr investment on foraying into EV segment in India

ATD Group, a Noida-based diversified entity, and UK's SRAM & MRAM Group, a public health emergency management solutions company, on Thursday announced plans to invest INR 100 crore for their foray into electric mobility in India through a joint venture, Canopus.


Shell to invest $1.6 bn in JV with EKI Energy Service

Indore-based green consultancy EKI Energy Services will float a joint venture with oil major Royal Dutch Shell that will invest $1.6 bn over a five-year period to provide "nature-based solutions". The joint venture will target production of 115 mn carbon credits in five years, as part of Shell's plan to expand in India's renewables space.


UK body CDC looks to invest $3 bn in India; climate change solutions a priority

The British government's development finance institution CDC is looking to pump in up to $3 bn in India over the next five years. A large part of this investment - in equity and debt across asset classes - will flow into projects that help tackle climate change issues.


BP invests about INR 97 crore in BluSmart, its first fund in India

London-based bp has made its first direct investment in India, investing $13 mn (about INR 97 cr) in integrated EV ride-hailing and charging company BluSmart. The investment arm of bp ventures led a $25-mn Series A funding that also saw support from Mayfield India Fund, 9Unicorns and Survam Partners, alongside other existing investors.


Barclays Bank infuses over INR 3,000 crore capital to grow India operations

Barclays Bank PLC India (“Bank”) has announced an investment of over INR  3,000 crore in the Bank by its Head Office to accelerate its growth ambitions in India. With this infusion, the Bank’s total invested capital in the country will increase to over INR 8,300 crore.


Vedanta to invest $20 bn across businesses, double silver and steel output

Vedanta Limited is looking to invest up to $20 bn across its businesses, which includes doubling of silver production and steel capacities. The company planned a capex of $5 bn over a period of three years. The company has not given a timeline for $20-bn investment


Kwalee to invest $30Mn in Indian Market

UK-based game developer Kwalee will invest $30 Million in its India operations over the next five years . The firm has picked Bangalore to be its first overseas studio and will employ 50 individuals including game engineers, visual architects and developers .


Revolut to Invest ~$25 Mn in the Indian market over the next 5 years

Revolut will invest ~$25Mn into the Indian market over the next five years and aims to launch its app by 2022 . It plans to hire 300 employees through its India subsidiary which will serve as global operations hub for the firm

Dyson Logo

Dyson opens 7th demo store in India

Dyson expanded presence in Mumbai by opening its 7th India demo space at infiniti mall . This is their second store in Mumbai. The company has 6 other demo stores across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai . It has also been listed as one of the fastest growing UK companies in India .


BDL and Thales ink pact to manufacture STARStreak Air Defence System

Bharat Dynamics (BDL) and Thales have signed a teaming agreement to work in partnership on the STARStreak Air Defence system with the support of both the governments of India and the United Kingdom. The agreement will provide opportunity for BDL to offer STARStreak missile system to the Indian Armed Forces with a minimum of 60%t of indigenous content, as well as design and development of the system, qualifying it under the ‘Make in India’ programme.


Ergos receives $3 mn from CDC Group

Agritech start-up Ergos has received $3 mn from the UK's CDC Group as the closure to its Series-A funding round. The Ergos platform operates like a bank and offers storage, digitisation, credit and liquidation facility to farmers and has consistently helped them achieve significantly higher incomes for their produce.

bp logo

BP finalizes investment of $30 million in GGEF

BP finalized its investment in India’s Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) with an initial investment of $30 million and a total commitment of $70 million to the fund. The fund, established in 2018, is focused on identifying, investing in and supporting growth in clean energy projects in India.

Johnson Matthey to set up manufacturing facility in Haryana

Johnson Matthey is setting up an automotive component manufacturing facility in Haryana with an investment potential of INR 1,050 Cr and an employment potential of 250 people. JM India proposes to augment capacity by building a new plan in NCR to get the maximum advantage of proximity to the clients and support from the existing plant at IMT Manesar.

BP acquires 49% stake in Reliance's fuel retail network

BP has recently announced acquiring 49% in RIL’s Petroleum retail business at $1 bn. There is also a plan to increase retail outlets from the present level of 1,400 to 5,500.

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 to India’s long-term need for more and cleaner energy solutions.


BP plans to invest $2 bn in India upstream ventures

BP plans to invest $2 bn in India upstream ventures over next few years. In the past 7 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. 

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

  • mechanism

    Indo-UK Fast Track Mechanism

      • In November 2015, a joint announcement was made by India and the UK to set up a FAST-TRACK system to pave the way for, and identify and solve problems faced by UK companies and investors with their operations in India.
      • The system was set up in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and entered into operation in March 2016. The Department for International Trade at the British High Commission in New Delhi represents the UK side in this system. Invest India is the key facilitation partner for the FTM.
      • There have been 5 India – UK FTM meetings since 2016 with the most recent one being held on 15th February 2022 under the co-chairmanship of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) from the Indian side and the British High Commissioner to India from the UK side. The FTM mechanism has helped in successful resolution of multiple issues of UK companies in India.
      • 50 SMEs were shortlisted in the first 2 cohorts, 12 have entered India.
      • 20 SMEs have been added as a part of the 3rd cohort under the 2nd phase
  • Access India Programme (AIP)

      • Launched by the Indian High Commission in the UK, Access India Programme is a market entry support programme launched to assist UK businesses access the Make in India initiative of the Government of India.
      • The programme focuses solely on providing support to small and medium UK enterprises establish their presence in India. It is a unique integrated platform for market entry services that combines services rendered by Government, non-for-profit and private entities. Invest India is the key facilitation partner for the AIP.
      • Key sectors of interest are Aerospace, Defence & Security, Automotive, Advanced manufacturing, Energy, Advanced materials, Food processing, Medtech and Healthcare, Fintech and Cyber security. 
      • As of November 2018, the AIP has received 84 good applications for participation.
      • In the first cohort, 50 applicants were selected and facilitated. Drawing on the success of the first phase, the second cohort was launched on 17 January 2020.

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

About Us

Invest India

The one stop-shop to ensure your success in India

Our Prestigious Awards

We are the most awarded IPA in the world

  • The World's Most Innovative Investment Promotion Agency Award 2021 awarded by OCO Global

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Investment Promotion Award 2020 for best practices in COVID response

  • Best Investment Project Award five years in a row - 2016 to 2020 at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) organized by the Ministry of Economy, UAE.

  • Great Place to Work Certification by GPTW Survey 2019

  • The UNCTAD Award 2018 for promoting investment in sustainable development

  • Great Place to Work Certification by GPTW Survey 2018

  • Investment Award 2016 from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Investment Promotion Award 2016 for excellence in partnering for investment promotion