Collaboration the key to China success

The Birmingham China Business Forum (BCBF) chalked up another success with the announcement by members, Weightmans, of their role in the acquisition of a regeneration opportunity in Wolverhampton by a Chinese investor.

BCBF President, Bill Good, said ‘We believe very firmly, as of course do all serious observers, that China’s role in the world economy will continue to be of huge significance. If the opportunities are to be taken up by smaller businesses here (rather than just international giants) then the collaboration in terms of connections and insight will be vital. We have been delighted to facilitate this with this project for Weightmans.

The Wolverhampton project involves a Grade II listed building in a commanding position overlooking Queen Square in the heart of Queen street in Wolverhampton, and comprises a mix of retail units on the ground floor and office accommodation (with planning permission for a change to residential) above. The property has been acquired by the Liu family, a Chinese investor.

Bill Good went on to say, “Other successful examples of this collaborative work have included the delivery of training programmes for Chinese government officials and businesses, working with local development agencies in China and other intelligence sharing. Members of the network are currently investigating other business and investment including a range of education and cultural exchange activities.  We are always very keen to extend the network and bring in any other interested business.”

For further details on the Wolverhampton project please contact:  Zo Hoida (


Note: Birmingham China Business Forum is part of a wider network, the England China Business Forum (ECBF), dedicated to building better business links with China. The network was established in Birmingham in 2013 and runs an annual programme of events to foster and promote the interests of participants in growing business opportunities between UK and China.

Welcome to 2016 – the Year of the Monkey


As 2016 began  with some concerns over the slowdown of the Chinese economy, the opportunities and risks for Birmingham was discussed during a joint event by the Birmingham Business Focus (BBF) and Birmingham China Business Forum (BCBF).  The event was held on 23rd January in the Birmingham Chinese Community Centre.BCBF BBF China Presentation

Dr Yeow Poon, the President of England China Business Forum (ECBF) and Chair of the Birmingham Chinese Community Centre, presented an overview of macro economic factors and suggested that although there will be some short term and possibly long term pain for some industries, there are other areas of potential growth.

Three areas were highlighted.  Firstly, even as manufacturing declined in China, the service industry has continued to grow and has overtaken manufacturing as a percentage of GDP.  Secondly, the online shopping market in China grew at an annualised rate of 42.7% in the last 5 years and is expected to continue growing.  Thirdly, China’s ambition to rebuild the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road will drive growth in Europe, Africa and Asia over the next 25 years.

The presentation was followed by a stimulating discussion and a Chinese meal provided by the Birmingham Chinese Community Centre.