India Joint Workshop on Management Capacity Development for UK and Indian SMEs (Manufacturing/Engineering Sectors)

15 May 2014

Role of SMEs in UK and India

11.00am – 6.30pm (followed by dinner and refreshments)
Room 102, Eastern Gateway Building, Brunel Business School, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH

British SMEs form the backbone of the UK economy. They provide employment and growth to enable the UK succeed and complete globally. The manufacturing and engineering sectors are a powerful catalyst to ensuring the UK remains innovative and leading edge.

Indian SMEs account for 45% of the nation’s industrial output and 40% of exports. Management capacity of these SMEs is the top area of concern. SMEs need capacity to improve their business development and management capabilities to sustain leadership. They also need understanding of markets and opportunities available for their products and services.

UKIERI Project on SME Development Brunel University – London has embarked on a major project ‘Management Capacity Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)’, under the UK-India Education Research Initiative, in collaboration with National Institute of Technology–Trichy, India, Uxbridge College, London and Indian Institute of Management, Trichy, India. The project aims to help UK and Indian SMEs by sharing best practices.

The UK-India Joint Workshop

The joint workshop brings together UK and Indian SMEs for fine-tuning training material that will be used to develop future SME capacity. The workshop also provides an opportunity to explore mutual business opportunities for the workshop attendees.

It is planned to organize field visits for Indian SMEs to the factories of UK SMEs as an extended activity of the workshop.

Workshop Format

The workshop includes presentations by faculty teams on the material developed, discussions on the relevance of coverage, identification of best practices and opportunities for case studies.

Workshop Programme

1100 Coffee and Registration

1115 Welcome and opening remarks

1130 Marketing and Business Development – Prof. Suresh Paul Antony and Dr. Maged Ali

1215 SCM and Operation – Prof. Godwin Tennyson

1300 Lunch

1345 Business Strategy and Technology Management –Prof. Sundarrajan

1430 Accounting and Finance – Prof. Jill Collis

1515 Tea Break

1630 HR and culture – Prof Ashley Braganza

1715 Information Technology and Quality – Prof. Ganesan Kannabiran & Dr Sam Al-Jajjoka

1800 Wrap up and Close

1830 Dinner and Refreshments


SMEs can register by sending name, designation, organization, nature of business, address and contact details (email and telephone) to:

The workshop is funded through UKIERI and there is no registration fee. Refreshments and dinner will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary requirements.