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London woos Indian startups; key to growth, jobs post Brexit

 PTI |  2016-11-14 22:31:32.0  |  Mumbai

London woos Indian startups; key to growth, jobs post Brexit

London’s technology sector is wooing Indian startups and software firms, which are among the key drivers of growth and jobs for the capital city and the wider UK economy.

“India is the second largest investor into London, after the US...

Despite concerns over foreign investment inflows after the Brexit referendum, it will continue to be a top investor for us,” Rajesh Agrawal, deputy mayor of London for business, said.

Agrawal also chairs London & Partners, the official promotional company for London. The deputy mayor is visiting India on an international trade mission aimed at strengthening tech and trade links between London and India.

He revealed that London is home to 39 per cent of the fastest growing Indian companies based in the UK, compared to 25 per cent last year.

Technology is the top sector for Indian investment, accounting for 46 per cent of all Indian investments here over the last 10 years, according to research commissioned by London & Partners.

Pointing out that large corporations cannot innovate fast enough, he stressed that startups are key to new ideas and processes.

During his visit, the deputy mayor has been meeting with senior Indian business leaders and high growth companies to reassure them that London remains open for business.

“Over the last week, I have met leading figures from Indian politics and business, including some innovative tech companies, and discussed how we strengthen the relationship between London and India,” he said. 

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