Morph.ai among Mayor of London’s India Emerging 20 awardees to go global

A recent report from Grant Thornton UK LLP and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) revealed there are currently over 800 Indian companies operating in the UK, employing over 105,000 people. The report found that of the fastest growing Indian companies, over half are now based in London, up from 44 percent in 2017 and 39 percent in 2016.

Facilitating this is the Mayor of London’s India Emerging 20 (IE20) business programme. Into its third year, the IE20 announced the latest list of 20 of India’s fastest growing companies to receive the award and expand to London. The winners were selected from regions across India and represent some of India’s most innovative, high growth businesses specializing in technology, life sciences, and business services.

Morph.ai, a chat marketing platform, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing Indian companies by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to have received a prestigious award, to get enlisted for the IE20 Business Programme.

Morph.ai is one of the 20 winners which were chosen out of 300 applicants, amidst some of India’s most innovative and emerging businesses. As a part of the IE20 Business Programme, Morph.ai will gain access to London’s distinguished business community. The startup, which is also a part of Nasscom 10,000 startups, HSBC Bank’s ‘Accelerator 2030’ program and YES Bank’s first accelerator batch, looks to expand its presence globally, starting with the UK as a promising market.

Established in 2016, Morph.ai has seen tremendous growth in the past two years, with esteemed clients like Manchester City Football Club, Yes Bank, OMD Australia, 99 acres, Yamaha . The company uses chat as a channel to boost marketing and lead-generation campaigns through social media platforms like Facebook.  “London is a truly global business centre and presents lots of opportunities for Indian companies looking to expand their business overseas.

 

“We are very excited to be a part of Mayor of London’s prestigious IE20 Business Programme.  We already have Manchester City as one of our client in the UK, we look forward expand our business and work with more clients there” said Pratik Jain, Co-Founder of Morph.ai

 

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Rannvijay Singha becomes Brand Ambassador of online lifestyle media platform “What’s Up Life”

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Gurugram-based online lifestyle media platform What’s Up Life has raised fresh funding from actor and television personality Rannvijay Singha, who also joins the company as its brand ambassador.

Rannvijay’s earthiness, passion, exuberance and effective, yet unassuming demeanor, is what resonates completely with what What’s Up life, entails. The collaboration comes in the wake of WUL raising their first round of funding, a couple of months ago, for future growth and expansion.

As our proud brand ambassadorRannvijay Singha, bytes “ I liked the platform and the way ‘What’s Up Life’ is reaching out to people with their Engaging Content & Events”. Known for hosting a number of MTV Reality Shows, like MTV Roadies, MTV Troll Police, MTV Splitsvilla etc. Rannvijay Singha made his Bollywood debut in Toss: A Flip of Destiny in (2009) and acted in various other bollywood movies like London Dreams, Action Replayy and made his Punjabi cinema debut in 2011 with a film called Dharti.

The Platform curates engaging content over their social media pages, editorials, calendar to keep you updated with all the activities & events across categories. Started as What’s Up Gurgaon, What’s Up Life is present in 5 cities – Delhi , Noida , Gurugram, Kolkata & Hyderabad and today is the largest Lifestyle Media across 3 cities(Gurgaon, Kolkata & Hyderabad) out of 5. They are expanding to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Jaipur in the next 6 months.

What’s Up Life, founded by Gaurav H Luthra, (an Alumni from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), is an Online Lifestyle Media platform to discover exciting new things and places that your city has to offer. One of the first Samaritans in Gurgaon, Gaurav took the onus of creating a platform that would talk about what G-town, as people so lovingly call it, innately encompasses. Gradually, the Platform expanded as a part of his vision.

Gaurav H Luthra the founder said “We are planning to launch ourselves in various other cities & there are also many exciting Events & Product Upgrades lined up. With Rannvijay being there as a mentor cum brand ambassador, You should buckle up for some Excitement & Thrill coming your way”

Venture Garage was the advisor to WUL for the fundraise and also helped in connecting with Ranvijay Singh Singha via their network.

“Strategic investments can provide tremendous firepower especially in the early stages of a venture when the value-addition from the investor’s end matters more than the capital. With Rannvijay onboard the WUL wagon, the business will get a significant boost,” said Vineet Sagar, Managing Partner, Venture Garage

Phased manufacturing plan needed to boost local manufacturing of electronic components other than mobile phones

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) should come up with a phased manufacturing plan to encourage manufacturing of electronic components other than mobile phones, suggested a recent ASSOCHAM-NECTI joint study.
 
“As domestic value addition has increased for mobile phones, similar plans are needed to encourage manufacturing of components which are the core ingredients in the overall increase of domestic value addition,” noted the study titled ‘Electricals & electronics manufacturing in India,’ jointly conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and NEC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
 
Noting that India lags in component manufacturing, which is the most fundamental block in electronic devices, the report stated that country should focus on reducing component imports and increasing local value addition to become a manufacturing hub.
 
Though the union government is driving reform in IT and electronics manufacturing sector through initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and creating favourable policies to enable an investor-friendly environment, component ecosystem has not taken foothold due to unfavourable scale factor in establishing commercial viability.
 
“Limited fresh investments are coming into the country, due to which existing plants are running at a sub-optimal capacity,” highlighted the ASSOCHAM-NECTI report.
 
Considering that India holds a very small share in the global electronics market, the manufacturers should aim to capture a larger piece of global market by focusing more towards exports.
 
Further, the report said that there is a huge opportunity for manufacturers and foreign companies to invest in India’s electrical and electronics manufacturing to achieve government’s target of $400 bn electronics market.
 
“Even though value of electronics imports increased at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.88 per cent during FY15-FY17, there has been a steady increase in the rate of manufacturing which stood at a CAGR of 23.28 per cent over the same period. The exports have remained constant at $6 bn.”
 
It also highlighted significant increase in value of imports for electronics such as computer hardware as the value of computer hardware imports increased from $6.89 billion (bn) in FY17 to $7.41 bn in FY18 clocking an year-on-year increase of 7.5 per cent.
 
Thus, the report suggested that government should increase export incentives for sectors like computer hardware and peripherals, and light emitted diode (LED) to make India’s manufacturing globally competitive and facilitate domestic component ecosystem growth.

Statewide Awareness campaign against Child Sexual Abuse, ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’

The 15-day statewide awareness campaign against child sexual abuse, ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ (A word for little angel) led by the Odisha Police in collaboration with UNICEF, came to a close today.

Sh. Prafulla Samal, Minister WCD, SSEPD and MSME, Sh. Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister Tourism and Culture, Sh. Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister of Finance GoO, Sh. Rakesh Srivastava, IAS, Secretary, MW&CD GoI, Sh. R. Balakrishnan, IAS, Development Commissioner, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma, IPS, Director General of Police, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India and senior police officers were present at the occasion. Also present were elected representatives, UNICEF officials, development partners and members from civil society.

Sh. Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister of Finance, said that the campaign has set an example not just for the state but the entire nation that emphasizes that each one of us has a social responsibility.

Sh. Prafulla Samal, Minister, WCD, SSEPD and MSME highlighted the efforts of the government to protect rights of women and children in the state. Stating that it is a joint responsibility of all departments to ensure that all citizens are safe and in this regard it is a beginning of collaborative efforts to take the campaign to the next phase.

Sh. Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister Tourism and Culture said that the Department of Culture will continue to support the issue through the involvement of folk artists federation. These efforts are worthy as they build confidence between the police and the citizens.

Sh. R Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner congratulated the Odisha police and UNICEF on the campaign on an issue that continues to be a priority for the state government. He emphasized the need for collective introspection to understand why child sexual abuse takes place and to continue the conversations at all levels.

Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, IAS, Secretary MWCD, Government of India, congratulated the Odisha Police for taking lead in such a campaign. Quoting data from National Crime Records Bureau he said that that every 15 minutes a child is sexually abused in the country with profound consequences for the child and the family. He emphasized the role that panchayats can play in reducing such incidents together with child protection committees.  He added that the POCSO Act is being amended to make it more gender neutral as young boys too are at risk of sexual abuse.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma, IPS, Director General of Police, Odisha expressed his happiness for resounding success of the campaign. He thanked UNICEF, the SsP and other senior police officers and different stake holders for their help in making the campaign successful. While narrating the scale and enormity of the campaign Dr. Sharma informed that in last two weeks 1300 structured community interactions were held across the state. People from all regions and communities whole heartedly participated in the programme. He informed that gathering that though the intensive two weeks campaign comes to end today, the mission will continue in different forms. State Police has chalked out programme for this purpose which will be implemented in coming days.

Speaking at the function Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India, congratulated the efforts made by the police in raising this issue. She said that the Paree Paein Katha Tiye campaign has built trust between police and communities and importantly, has broken the silence and taboo around the issue. She hoped that the entire country embraces the bold example set by the Odisha police and make any form of violence against children unacceptable.

In the two-week period from May 28 to June 15, 2018, the 15 ‘Paree Express’ covered all the 30 districts of the state, covering 40,487 KMS reaching approximately 11,73,947 people in more than 1,300 locations. It involved influencers from all walks of life including elected representatives, film and TV personalities, religious leaders, NGOs, school children, frontline functionaries, youth, SHG members and media.

The online campaign through the Odisha Police Facebook and Twitter handles reached more than 13.16 lakh people across the state and outside. The official campaign hashtag #SaveParee trended nationally for 3 hours on Twitter on the day of the launch and reached over one crore people across the country and beyond.

Specially created posts, influencer videos and updates from the field along with #SaveParee and #ENDviolence hashtags were used.  Celebrity influencers from Odisha including Padmashree Aruna Mohanty, Kuna Tripathy, noted TV personality, Kalpana Dash, first woman mountaineer from Odisha and Dutee Chand, champion sprinter_ contributed their time pro bono with short videos of  their messages  posted drawing greater attention to the campaign.  Celebrities who joined the online campaign included Sona Mohapatra, noted singer, Sudarshan Patnaik, noted sand artist and Nilab Madhav Panda, film producer.

MARG ERP Limited partners with ICICI Bank

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Marg ERP limited Inventory and Accounting software solution company has partnered with ICICI Bank  by consolidated assets, to offer an integrated payments platform to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) customers, using MARG’s accounting software.

This integration aims to promote ‘Connected Banking’ and enables ICICI Bank’s current account holders to securely connect their bank account with the MARG ERP software and undertake an array of digital transactions from within the ERP platform itself. It will enable businesses to initiate vendor & salary payments via RTGS, NEFT or IMPS directly from this platform, automate reconciliation of banking and accounting entries, apply for working capital loans as well as schedule future dated payments, thereby offering exemplary command over day-to-day financial transactions for businesses.

This pioneering initiative significantly enhances convenience for MSMEs as they are no longer required to toggle between a banking platform and an ERP software to undertake their business transactions. It also allows them to experience contextual banking, by connecting their banking and accounting, which was once available only for large companies and corporations with large IT and infrastructure budgets.

Talking about the partnership, Mr. Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said,”ICICI Bank has always pioneered in bringing in digital innovations and provide world-class banking experience to its customers. We are delighted to partner with Marg ERP to bring forth an integrated payments solution that will offer MSMEs with unparalleled ease of doing business. The collaboration aims to promote the concept of ‘Connected Banking’ wherein we aim to get various banking functions such as initiating transactions, payments and reconciliation on a common platform. Additionally, it will enable businesses to initiate vendor & salary payments digitally, apply for working capital loans as well as schedule future dated payments without having to shift between a banking and an ERP software platform. We will continue the model of co-creating to deliver innovative products and services to our customers.”

 “This is a maiden tie-up between Marg ERP and ICICI Bank, where we will provide integrated software solutions to small and medium enterprises and will address many of the complexities related to their payables and accounting. This tie up will enable them to initiate RTGS, NEFT, and IMPS transactions directly from Marg ERP’s platform. The customers just need to register their ICICI Bank’s current account on Marg ERP software through a simple two-click one-time process. SMEs and MSMEs in the country can now leverage the power of Integrated Banking, save time and increase productivity. We are happy and proud to be associating with ICICI Bank,” said Thakur Anup Singh, CMD, Marg ERP

Deepika Padukone dazzles in the new Jaquar Lighting advertising campaign

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Jaquar Lighting, the lighting vertical from Jaquar Group rolls out a captivating advertising campaign with brand ambassador, Deepika Padukone. The new campaign stands out with an artistic and aesthetic idea brought to life in a playful manner with the brand ambassador, whose name is itself a synonym of light and brilliance.

 

Mr. Rajesh Mehra, Promoter & Director, Jaquar Group said, “Jaquar Group has always believed in creating products with the highest quality standards, an attribute that’s synonymous with our products. Taking this philosophy forward with Jaquar Lighting and leveraging the popularity of Deepika as our brand ambassador, we have doubled the turnover of the brand to 200 Crores.”

The narrative interestingly weaves in the discovery of Jaquar Lighting’s wide range by Deepika’s character as she follows the ‘light’ cues of a mystery friend! Pegged somewhere on the threshold between a metaphor for life and a product showcase, the idea of how Deepika is led into the light – the light of friends and relationships, as well as Jaquar Lighting’s products. Visualised through the story of discovery where her family and friends want to surprise her by playing a game of turning on lights that lead to a surprise welcome party for Deepika!

Mr. Rajesh Laikh, Executive Vice President, Crescent Communication said, “The creative thought behind the film was to present Jaquar Lighting in a completely fresh avatar and at the same time remain true to the brand’s guiding philosophy- Complete LED Lighting Solutions.We have tried to capture the joys of life and celebration enabled through Jaquar Lighting. Deepika Padukone, the brand ambassador, apart from ensuring high visibility lends credibility and magical aura to the brand.”

 

Mr. Ranbir Mehra, Director, Jaquar Lighting added, “Through our second campaign with Deepika, we aim up the ante and showcase the best of our offerings in an unconventional style. Jaquar Lighting offers a holistic solution for all lighting requirements from simple consumer products to complex industrial solutions with an extensive portfolio in each segment.”

 

Jaquar Lighting’s 360-degree marketing campaign will amplify the film targeting mediums across the board including television, print, electronic, outdoor and digital media. The campaign also highlights Jaquar Lighting’s distinctive strengths and design sensibilities.

The brand’s innovative technology combined with its unique support like Light Planning and pan-India customer service to deliver unmatched quality, will catapult them to become market leaders in this category as well.

Embassy Group ranked as pan India Brand Leader in Office & Hospitality Segment

Embassy Group, India’s leading real estate developer has been recognised as Brand Leader in both the Commercial Office & Hospitality segments across India. An annual Brand Perception Audit Report by Track2Realty, an independent Research venture, conducted a comprehensive survey on the Real Estate sector in India.  This is the second consecutive year that the Embassy Group have won the top spot for the Office segment, while the ranking in the Hospitality segment has risen from 6th position to the prime spot over the past three years reflecting the growth in the Embassy Hospitality business with Hilton, Four Seasons and Le Meridien brands coming into the Embassy Group stable. The company has also been recognised as The Best Employer in the Real Estate sector while Embassy’s CSR activities were recognised as #2 on a pan India basis.

Commenting on the recognition, Mr. Jitu Virwani, Chairman and Managing Director, Embassy Group said, “We are delighted to being recognised with top honours in this recent study. Our consistent focus on the customer, our future first innovations and adherence to the legal compliances have not only won us the trust of our esteemed customers, but it has reinforced our position as one of the top Indian real estate brands. We are especially pleased to be selected as Brand Leader in the Office Space Segment across India for two consecutive years and this recognition is the perfect reflection of our commitment to redefining the commercial real estate sector in the country.”

“We are also happy to see that our work in the CSR sphere has been recognised. We have a particular focus on education in the community, actively supporting 17 Government schools with some 7000+ pupils as well as facilitating and supporting connections between our 200 Corporate Occupiers with the community for the good of the cities in which we operate” added Mr Virwani.

According to Mr. Mike Holland, CEO – Embassy Office Parks, “At Embassy Office Parks, we strive to offer an international quality workspace experiences to all the 200 international corporate occupiers and over 2 lakh employees who work across our commercial parks. Our vision is to transform the way corporate India works and this recognition for the second time in a row, is a testament to our efforts. We would also like to thank and express our gratitude all customers and corporate occupiers who have been an invaluable part of this rewarding journey.

Mr. Sartaj Singh, President, Embassy Hospitality said, “We are delighted to see the rise in Embassy Hospitality rankings to the No.1 position in this national brand perception study.  It vindicates Embassy Group’s strategic focus for a 10X growth in this vertical to deliver 2000 keys by 2021.  In the immediate future, we are hugely excited about launching our landmark Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences Bengaluru”.

The results were based on independent brand research and market intelligence and conclusively attested that the Embassy Group along with other leading realty brands have adapted to regulatory compliances and changing market dynamics. This resilience can be primarily attributed to the brand’s professionalism and adherence to compliances that has defined its leadership status.