New training and mentoring for UK SME exporters

Posted on 17 May 2013 by The Manufacturer

UKTI and Tata Management Training Centre have announced a programme to train and mentor UK SMEs with export and trade ambitions in India.

The announcement was made during  UK Trade and Investment’s Export Week – a series of educational events and celebrations of UK export success.

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, made the announcement on the behalf of UKTI and the Tata Management Training Centre in London yesterday.

The programme is aimed at developing the international confidence of UK technology SMEs and will help them develop appropriate trade partnerships in India.

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The first training will be delivered in a pilot scheme this summer involving 20 UK technology SMEs.

The pilot training scheme will take place over a week and will be based both in the UK and India.

Those taking part will finish the course with a business development plan to help them grow their British-Indian trade over the next 12-18 months.

On announcing the scheme, Mr Osborne said: “The package of business-oriented education, mentoring and hands-on support is a key component of UKTI’s commitment to assist UK high-tech SMEs increase their understanding of the business culture of Indian firms and encourage the creation of partnerships that lead to growth in the rapidly-emerging Indian market and globally.”

Anwar Hasan, director of Tata in London, added: “This announcement underscores our long-term commitment to the UK as we provide tangible support to help pioneering British SMEs to make their proposition compelling for potential Indian partners and customers.”

Tata has been involved in British-Indian business for over 100 years and is a major investor in the UK private sector including the manufacturing sector – primarily through Jaguar Land Rover and it steel business.

The Tata Management Training Centre was established in India in 1966 to help develop approaches to international business and to foster talent across the diversified industrial group.