UK India Business Council

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UK India Business Council (UKIBC)
Founded 1993 as Indo-British Partnership; 2007 as UK India Business Council
Key people
Patricia Hewitt (Chairman), Richard Heald (CEO)
Services Information Products
Relationship Management
Client Representation

The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is a membership-based, non-profit organisation founded in 2007 to foster trade and business relations between the United Kingdom and India.[1] The organisation works with businesses in both countries, as well as the UK and Indian governments, to promote and increase bilateral trade.


UKIBC has its origins in the Indo British Partnership (IBP) initiative, signed by then Prime Ministers John Major and P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1993.[2] In 2005 this evolved into a private limited company called the 'Indo British Partnership Network (IBPN). With the UKIBC receiving increased investment in 2007 from UK Trade & Investment under direction from then UK Chancellor Gordon Brown, Sharon Bamford was appointed CEO to oversee the transition of the organisation.[3]

In 2010, Richard Heald, former Vice-President of the Indian arm of N M Rothschild & Sons was appointed the new CEO of the organisation.[4]


The UKIBC is headquartered on the 12th floor of Millbank Tower in the City of Westminster.

Strategic partners[edit]

The UKIBC is partnered with several notable companies. These include:

See also[edit]

US India Business Council


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