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Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Mutton, and Virgin Media Pioneers.

UPDATE: Adrian Mutton, Sir Richard Branson & the Virgin Media Pioneers

It was a whirlwind tour. Adrian Mutton, CEO of Sannam S4, flew to London to meet with the Virgin Atlantic team and UKTI Trade Mission, and returned from London to Delhi with Stephen Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, and the Virgin Media Pioneers.

Adrian Mutton Accompanies Stephen Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Media Pioneers from London to Delhi.

Adrian Mutton Accompanies Stephen Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Media Pioneers from London to Delhi.

Virgin Media Pioneers arrive in Delhi.

Virgin Media Pioneers arrive in Delhi.

Adrian also accompanied them to the lunch at the British High Commission where Sir Richard talked about British business in India. After the lunch, The Virgin Media Pioneers traveled to Sannam S4′s offices to discuss their plans to enter the Indian market.

Adrian presented the ins and outs of doing business in India to the Pioneers and then provided his guests with a fantastic platform from which they can explore and enter the Indian market – Sannam S4 would be offering 12 months free consultancy to each of the Pioneers business.

As written in Ed Francis’s blog, a Virgin Media Pioneer who plans to establish a socially sustainable gastro restaurant in Mumbai

..an uncompromisingly generous offer of twelve months consultancy was slapped on the table for all of us! This means that from my laptop in London my company incorporation, market research and analysis, business plan and budgets can all be taken care of by qualified, experienced natives who know the intricate workings of  India like the back of a henna-covered hand. In the space of half an hour, all the ‘hows’ and ‘wheres’ in my mind had been passed on to the professionals.

Natasha Lipman, one of the other Virgin Media Pioneer winners who wants to engage India’s youth in her International Political Forum site into India, tweeted:

A massive thank you to the wonderful @adrianmutton for a fantastic and eye-opening afternoon in Delhi! #VMPIndia
Ed Dixon, COO of Sannam S4, and Kapil Dua, Director of Finance and Financial Consulting, greet Virgin Media Pioneers.

Ed Dixon, COO of Sannam S4, and Kapil Dua, Director of Finance and Financial Consulting, greet Virgin Media Pioneers.

Virgin Media Pioneers arrive at Sannam S4 Offices in Delhi to discuss their plans for entering the Indian market.

Virgin Media Pioneers arrive at Sannam S4 Offices in Delhi to discuss their plans for entering the Indian market.

Adrian met with Sir Richard in his hotel suite for pre-party drinks to discuss the development of Sannam S4 since Sir Richard heard about the business plan in 2007 when Sannam S4 was an idea in Adrian’s head – the company is now 75 people, with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

The group then traveled to Mumbai. Virgin hosted a party at the TaJ for the launch of the new route from Mumbai to Delhi.

Adrian talks to Steve Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, on Sannam S4’s business model and how to further support British businesses, particularly SME’s establish successfully in India.

Adrian Mutton, Stephen Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Flight Attendants

Adrian Mutton, Stephen Ridgway, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Flight Attendants

Sir Richard Branson speaks with Rob Nunn, one of the Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson speaks with Rob Nunn, one of the Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson and Natasha Lipman, one of the Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson and Natasha Lipman, one of the Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Mutton, and Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Mutton, and Virgin Media Pioneers.

Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Mutton, and Ravinder Ryan Deol, a Virgin Media Pioneer.

Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Mutton, and Ravinder Ryan Deol, a Virgin Media Pioneer.

UPDATE – November 28, 2012: Ed Francis, one of the Virgin Media Pioneers, relates his experience on his blog here.

Read a great report on this event at the ITV web site, with video, here.

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