Sheffield expertise helps Prime Minister Theresa May on India trip

Prime Minister Theresa May in India. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May in India. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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The Prime Minister is using Sheffield's education and business expertise to help secure trade deals in Asia.

Leading South Yorkshire figures have joined Theresa May on her trip to India this week, including the University of Sheffield's vice-chancellor Sir Keith Burnett, and Aldo Moteforte, CEO of tech firm The Floow.

University of Sheffield vice chancellor Sir Keith Burnett.

University of Sheffield vice chancellor Sir Keith Burnett.

Sir Keith and his deputy Professor Shearer West will take part in a government, business and scientific summit. They will draw on the experience of the university's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to highlight the importance of innovation.

Sir Keith said: “I am delighted to see the UK engaging with India, a country with whom we have had in-depth partnerships in science, engineering and medicine for many years.

"UK universities have long respected the calibre of highly-educated Indian students and staff, and collaboration comes naturally to us in key areas such as health and sustainability, energy and next generations factoring where we face common challenges.

“Many of our Indian graduates hold senior positions in Indian companies and the warmth and understanding between the academic communities is an excellent foundation for even closer partnerships in future."

The Floow founder and CEO Aldo Monteforte

The Floow founder and CEO Aldo Monteforte

Meanwhile The Floow is one of 39 UK businesses taking part in the trip. The firm has recently expanded into China and sees India as a potential new market.

Mrs May said: “Sheffield’s growing tech sector is an exciting prospect for the future of the city.

“With more than 25,000 people already employed in the city’s digital industries and two top-class universities producing the talent of tomorrow, the prospects for future growth are there for all to see.

“The Floow is a great example of the sort of firm that will help drive Sheffield’s future economic growth – and that’s why I am so pleased they are joining me in India.”

Mr Monteforte added: “I feel particularly proud and privileged to have been chosen to accompany the Prime Minister on her first trade mission on behalf of The Floow.

“Over the last four years The Floow has become a key technology partner to some of the world’s leading insurers, delivering actionable insights into individual mobility from an economic, safety and environmental perspective.

“Also because of these developments, the UK is now seen as a leading force in telematics data management globally, and this trip provides the opportunity to showcase the benefits of our technology to the Indian market.

“I am looking forward to meeting both public and private sector representatives and to demonstrating how The Floow can support fairer insurance pricing, greater road safety, and traffic and pollution monitoring in India.”

The Prime Minister plans to use this week's trip to further her vision for Britain after Brexit.

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