UK energy sector expecting ‘massive’ international investment
The center is located in Gurgaon, the new business hub in the Indian capital, Delhi. The initiative is led by the UK-India Business Council with support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Groups (BBGs). The Gurgaon center was the first to open since Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans in November 2012 to open a network of Business Centers in 20 key emerging markets, to transform the support given to UK business overseas. UK Minister for Trade Lord Green who flew to India with a delegation of British Trade Associations to launch the center in Gurgaon said, The center will help UK small and medium sized businesses work closer with more established British businesses in India and provide them with the support needed to capitalize on the huge potential of the Indian market. The network of centers across India will also drive a step change in the number of UK companies doing business in India contributing to prosperity in both countries. The facilities, which are available to all UK companies, include office space, meeting facilities, hot-desking and event space. Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council (UKIBC) said, Each center will provide meeting, training, networking and conference space alongside advice and other market entry services, with a particular emphasis on SMEs wanting to get into the Indian market for the first time. The UK-India Business Council plans to open its next UK India Business Centre in Bangalore in the first half of 2014. It will build on the format of the center in Gurgaon. Mr. Ian Felton, Deputy High Commissioner, Bangalore said. Bangalore is one of the future faces of India – hi tech, cosmopolitan and global in outlook. It is a great place for British – Indian collaboration in science, innovation, trade and cultural relations. The UK government is already engaged with the State to work on initiatives such as co-funding UK start-ups, connecting UK and Indian innovative technology companies and developing incubation linkage for entrepreneurs. Leading Indian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, who has joined the UK India Business Councils Advisory Council, said, The UK is extremely rich in innovation and research across all sciences, specifically Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The eco-system that the UK offers through research institutes, innovative companies and large scientific pool, fits very well with what Indian companies need at this stage. India is moving ahead rapidly in the value chain from being an outsourcing and low-cost destination to a valuable partner through co-development and risk sharing models. The concepts, scope and location of the UK India Business Centre in Bangalore will be developed closely with a number of UK institutions including the Tech Hub UK, a unique London headquartered environment where technology startups can start up faster, ADS, the premier trade organization advancing the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space industries and the recently announced Bangalore Cambridge Innovation Network- driving deeper engagement and commercial activity between technology companies in the Cambridge and Bangalore ecosystems as well as UKIBC members including AcceleratorIndia, Augusta Westland, BAe, PA Consulting and Rolls Royce PLC.
According to London’s Metropolitan Police, investigators have been able to “place more significance” on events the night girl vanished. Det. Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said Scotland Yard’s investigation has “significantly changed the timeline” of the events of that night. In an interview for the BBC television show “Crime Watch,” Redwood said investigators had poured over old information in the hopes of finding a new lead. Police Still Search for Missing Madeline McCann Police said they now have 41 people of interest in the case, 15 of whom are British. “Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try to overthink back to zero if you like,” Redwood said. “Try to take everything back to the beginning and reanalyze and reassess everything … accepting nothing.” The “Crimewatch” show will dramatically recreate moments of the day that Madeline went missing and ask the British public for help in solving the case. Madeline’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have spent the last six years searching for their daughter and drawing attention to their case. In an earlier interview they talked about some of the most difficult moments in coping with her disappearance. “It’s when you get the big family occasions …
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View gallery British Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey addresses the Global Investment Conference in London on May 9, 2013 (AFP Photo/Stefan Rousseau) London (AFP) – Britain is close to securing “massive” international investment in its energy sector, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said on Sunday. Davey told BBC’s Andrew Marr programme that he had made “huge progress” in negotiations with China during a recent visit as Britain looks to secure its future energy supply while hitting emission targets. He also said that South Korea and Japan were considering big investments. “The Chinese, along with the Japanese and the Koreans are very interested in the opportunities in the British nuclear sector. I think it is really possible we will see massive Chinese investment, not just in nuclear but across the board,” he said. “I think we will see massive Japanese and Korean investment. It is really critical we get that investment,” he said. The minister revealed that the government was close to securing a deal to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset, south west England. Britain is mired in a heated political debate over its energy sector after opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to freeze bills if his party wins the next election. But Davey called Labour’s recent record on energy investment “shocking”. Politics & Government
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