British Prime Minister David Cameron visits HUL Campus
Interacts with employees and key media.
On his second visit to India since assuming the Prime Minister’s office in 2010, Mr Cameron stressed on the fact that he wants Britain and India to have a "really special relationship".
Referring to his visit to the Hindustan Unilever campus in Mumbai, he said, "I thought this was the place to come because it was over 100 years ago that the first bars of Sunlight Soap left Liverpool docks and came to India. And judging by things, they have come quite a long way at Unilever since then."
Strengthening ties between India & UK
Welcoming Mr Cameron to the campus, Mr. Nitin Paranjpe, CEO and MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited, highlighted the current focus on developing business ties between India and UK. He remarked, "The fact that Mr. Cameron has come here with over 100 other business delegates demonstrates his commitment to further strengthening the partnership between India and UK."
Incidentally, the visit coincided with Unilever’s investment in a state-of-the-art €50 million factory in India, which will be the first aerosol manufacturing plant in Asia.
Going beyond business
Having stated that this would indeed be a “partnership of business”, Mr Cameron also added, “As my delegation today proves that it should go way beyond business. I’ve brought some of Britain’s biggest and best companies here to India. But I’ve also brought the premier league, I brought some of our top universities , the British museum. We want to tie up in so many different ways with your culture, your companies, your businesses and of course your people. And I think that’s an important point.”
Mr Cameron, then engaged in an interactive Q&A session with over 200 HUL employees who had gathered for the occasion. And that was perhaps the most engaging part of the British Prime Minister’s trip to HUL HO campus. Soon after leaving the HUL HO campus, Mr Cameron tweeted: "At Unilever - a Great British success story here in India.I'm with a huge trade delegation to drum up business for UK." Surely, the experience was as enriching for him as it was for Hindustan Unilever.