Representatives from up to 100 Indian SMEs have travelled to Birmingham as part if the return leg of David Cameron’s summer trade mission to India.

The UK-India conference, which takes place on November 11, aims to promote bilateral trade in the manufacturing sector, features workshops led by Tata Motors and visiting Indian business organisations.

Birmingham City Council is hosting the event in conjunction with India’s High Commission, as it looks to implement David Cameron’s vow to strengthen relations between the two states.

Councillor Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The UK should look to strengthen the trade relations it already enjoys – the UK should be India’s partner of choice.”

The event, aimed at boosting exports, also coincides with India celebrating its 60 years as a republic this year.