Indian firms eye UK pie

London: Several ambitious Indian companies are stalking British business with takeover plans even as Indian enterprise is increasingly seen as creating jobs in Britain rather than just taking away jobs through large-scale outsourcing.

As several British hospitals and companies continue to mull over outsourcing work to India, the media here is devoting more column centimetres to takeover bids by Indian companies and to the many economic opportunities in India. Tata Steel’s successful four-billion pounds bid to take over the Anglo-Dutch Corus has evoked much interest as yet another example of ‘Indian takeaway’ of key sectors of British business. But there are several other Indian companies hovering around the British isles. Vijay Mallya, the chairman of United Breweries, offered 400 million pounds for Scotland’s Whyte & Mackay.