India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties. Since 2000, the UK has been one of the leading G20 investor in India with an investment of $ 26.8 bn. The number of UK businesses in India has more than doubled since 2000, and 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

Prominent UK Investors in India

    • 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.

    • 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 is the 5th largest investor in India, having invested $ 26.8 bn between April 2000 and March 2019. This represents 6.4% of the total FDI inflow in India during this period.

    • 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

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

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

  • Indo-UK Fast Track Mechanism

      • In Nov 2015, a joint announcement was made by India and the UK to set up a FAST-TRACK system for UK companies facing any operational challenges in India to. The system was set up in Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce, and entered into operation in March 2016.
      • It aims to identify and resolve specific issues faced by UK companies and investors with their operations in India. Invest India is the key facilitation partner for this and has successfully resolved 5 cases.
  • 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.

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

       

    • 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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