UK construction represented by Gleeds on major Government trade mission to India

International construction management consultants Gleeds has been asked to join the UK’s first trade delegation to visit India since the landmark election in May. It is understood that Richard Steer, Chairman of the consultancy will be the only construction related senior business figure attending and he will be joining the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

The aim of the visit, which mainly features firms from the food, drink, aeronautical and engineering sectors is to build on the strong trading relationship that already exists between the UK and India. This will be enhanced by the strengthening of political, economic and social ties, something that is especially important as the political landscape in the country has recently changed. The UK is now the biggest investor in India of any country that is in the G20.  Reciprocally India itself invests more in Britain than the entire European Union combined.

Gleeds has offices bases in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and has been responsible for numerous high profile projects within the country. The firm has also worked extensively with many leading UK retail brands who now operate in the country, including Marks and Spencer and Tesco.

The visit takes place from 25th August to 27th August and includes meetings in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Alongside Gleeds, invitees include representatives from BAE Systems Plc, Chivas Brothers Ltd, Diageo and Queens University Belfast.

Richard Steer, Gleeds Chairman comments: “I am delighted to be joining the Deputy Prime Minister on this well timed trip. Following the recession, we’ve seen how investment from emerging markets has the potential to shape the UK economy, so it’s great to see the construction industry being considered as instrumental in driving this agenda forward. ”