Bosses from Balfour Beatty, Mott McDonald and Arup are among 39 industry leaders on David Cameron’s trade delegation to India

Ian Tyler, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, Philip Dilley, global chairman of Arup and Keith Howells, MD of Mott McDonald, are among 39 business delegates accompanying cabinet members and cultural figures as they try to strike deals with Indian companies.

The trip has been described by Downing Street as the largest UK business delegation in living memory, and includes the Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, and well as bosses from BAE, Barclays Group and Vodafone.

Peter Head, chairman of global planning at Arup, said that the firm was using the trip as an opportunity to expand into the country.

He said: “Arup hardly has any presence in India – we’re looking to build our presence there.”

A spokesperson for Carillion said they were not disappointed to not be represented in the delegation. “We have no interest in India,” he said. “We are overflowing in other areas. We would be a bit stretched.”