8 Reasons Why Chennai Is One Of The Best Places For Starting Up Your Business

Chennai is formerly known as Madras is the capital of Tamil Nadu, India which is situated on the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. Chennai is one of the most visited cities in India by foreign tourists. According to The Quality of Living Survey Chennai is the safest city in India. Chennai is one of the top 10 cities in India which have highest literacy rate. This one of the reason people wants to set up their companies in Chennai.

Chennai is also known as the Detroit of India because more than one-third of India’s automobile industry is based in the Chennai. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) provide support with Company Registration in Chennai for emerging entrepreneurs.

In last few years Chennai has become one of the preferred destinations for IT companies such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro and Cognizant and MNCs. Chennai has the perfect combination of professionals and talent base for the business to flourish.

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Today in this article I am going to tell you in detail Why Chennai is one of the best places for starting up your business.

1. SEZ in Chennai

Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is one of the biggest reasons people wants to start the businesses in Chennai. SEZs are typically areas where the business and trade laws are different from the rest of the country and were introduced to provide competitive and hassle free climate for export promotion in India.

The SEZ Act drastically simplified the procedure to start the business. It provides a single window clearance on matters related to State and Central Government. The primary objectives of SEZs are to

  • Increase Trade
  • Promotion of Export of Goods and services
  • Generation of additional economic activities
  • Promotion of domestic and foreign Investment
  • Employment creation
  • Infrastructure DevelopmentTo promote the businesses to set up in SEZ special financial policies are introduced. These policies are regarding investing, trading, taxation, custom and labor regulations. Here are some of the advantages to start the businesses in SEZ
  • Exemption from Central Sales Tax
  • Exemption from Service Tax
  • Exemption from State Sales Tax
  • Exemption from minimum alternate tax under section 115JB of the Income Tax Act
  • 100% Income Tax Exemption for SEZ units under Section 10AA of the Income Tax Act for first five years, 50% for the next five years after that 50% of the reinvested export profit for next five years.
  • Duty-free import / domestic procurement of goods for development, operation and maintenance of SEZ units.
  • Single window clearance for Central and State level approvals.
  • External commercial borrowing by SEZ units up to USD500 million in a year without any maturity restriction through recognized banking channel.

There are 55 operational SEZ in Tamil Nadu of which 18 are in Chennai which makes the Chennai a preferred destination for start-ups or business setup.

2. Infrastructure

Chennai has an excellent infrastructure facility, with incubators and accelerators involved in continuous development projects around the city. A good infrastructure is a basic requirement to start the business at any place and Chennai fulfill that requirement.

3. IT talent pool

Chennai has become the hub for IT sector because there is a plenty of talented IT professionals. IT talent is also shifting to Chennai from other parts of the country. Nowadays businesses have the increasing requirement of IT talent.

4. Support

Both the government and private sectors have a few new initiatives under their wings to promote the growth of the industry in Chennai. The procedure to set up the business and licensing is also simplified.

5. Literacy Rate

Chennai has the literacy rate of 81.3%, so it becomes very easy to get talented and skilled employees. There are many premier institutions that are spread across the state which produces vast number of resources every year.

6.    Salary

The average wages paid to employees is approximately lesser than other metro cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune or Delhi NCR because the cost of living in Chennai is nearly 20% less than other cities.

7.    Transportation

Chennai is well connected both internally and externally. The city is connected with other cities via road, rail, and airways. Chennai also has an international airport and a seaport.

8.    Electricity Supply

Chennai has negligible issues related to the power cut. Chennai has the power supply of 99.7% for commercial as well as residential customers. This is an added advantage to start the business in Chennai.

All these things make Chennai a land of opportunities for entrepreneurs. After considering all these reasons we can say Chennai has a tremendous potential to expand.

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Ankush Sachdeva is COO & Co Founder at MyOnlineCA which deals in Online Business and Tax Registrations across India.