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How are Indian companies performing in the UK?

Anuj Chande Anuj Chande

Fastest growing companies

Every year our India meets Britain Tracker, developed in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian industry, identifies the fastest-growing Indian companies in the UK. This year's tracker shows 37 companies of 900 have revenue growth of at least 10%.

These companies earned combined revenues of £1.6 billion and delivered an average annual growth rate of 38%.

You can find a full list of the UK's fastest-growing Indian companies in our 2022 tracker.

Most popular sectors and locations

Of the 37 fastest-growing Indian companies, 35% are in technology and telecoms. This is the ninth year in a row that the sector has dominated the tracker. The proportion of pharmaceuticals and chemicals companies stands at 27% for the second year in a row. For the first time, real estate companies feature among the fastest-growing Indian businesses in the UK.

This year, for the first time, more of the fastest-growing companies are located outside London (20 companies) than in London (17 companies). Outside London, the North is the most popular region, with 22% of all tracker companies located there.

India continues to invest in the UK

During 2021-2022, the number of Indian-owned businesses in the UK grew, along with the number of people they employ. This reflects the increasing appetite for Indian businesses to invest in and set up greenfield operations in the UK despite Brexit and COVID-19 challenges.

Against the backdrop of pandemic-related disruption, India remained a leading source of foreign direct investment into the UK during 2020-21, accounting for 99 FDI projects, second only to the United States in terms of project numbers.

Throughout the year, the two countries continued to develop their trading relationship. In May 2021, Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Modi announced an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) and confirmed new UK-India trade and investment worth £1 billion. This included £533 million of new Indian investment into the UK, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs.

The strengthening ties between the two countries were also marked by the opening of several new visa routes for Indian students, highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs. More schemes are expected to follow.

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An enhanced partnership in 2022

The Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) heralded the formal launch of negotiations on a free trade agreement at the beginning of 2022. With almost 1.4 billion people, India is by far the largest market the UK has committed to negotiating a trade deal with to date. Both countries maintain a shared ambition to conclude negotiations by the end of 2022.

Following Boris Johnson’s visit to India in April 2022, his first as UK Prime Minister, a Diwali deadline has been set for a free trade agreement, which once concluded, would confirm the two nations – currently the fifth and sixth largest economies in the world – as true partners. It paves the way for an enduring economic relationship that benefits the people of both countries.

If you would like to find out more about the India meets Britain Tracker 2022 or our work with Indian companies investing in the UK, please contact Anuj Chande or Chandru Iyer.

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