Introduction from St.John Gould, Director – Trade, Economics and Prosperity, British High Commission, India

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CV Pic - St .John GouldMaking the move into any market, especially one as large and diverse as India, can feel daunting. However, there are many reasons to take comfort: English is the primary language of business here, the legal system is based on the British common law system, and we share a strong cultural understanding and people to people ties. Hundreds of UK companies have already chosen to establish a presence in India – the world’s fastest growing large economy, home to over 1.3 billion citizen-consumers.

The UK Government is serious about supporting UK businesses to flourish in India. Through dialogues such as the Economic and Financial Dialogue and the Joint Economic and Trade Committee, led by the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Trade respectively, the UK Government is working to enhance bilateral trade and investment and improve the business environment on the ground for UK companies. It is no coincidence that upon assuming office, Prime Minister Theresa May chose India as the destination for her first trade delegation outside of the European Union.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) team in India is one of the UK’s largest overseas networks, spread across 9 locations covering the sub-continent. The team provides support for UK businesses across 17 high value campaigns and posts an average of almost 80 export opportunities every month.

India is a market in which relationships matter. Working alongside our partners at the UK-India Business Council, the DIT team will enable you to make initial connections with decision makers and influencers – but you should be prepared to invest in these relationships and must have in mind a long-term partnership.

If you would like support in developing your business in India, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the support available.


St.John Gould
Director – Trade, Economics and Prosperity
British High Commission, India


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