China Outbound Investment – Challenges and Opportunities for UK and London
London, October 2017
England China Business Forum (ECBF) and Moore Stephens have invited a panel of industrialists and professionals to share their experience and expertise on ‘China outbound investment – challenges and opportunities for UK and London’. The speakers consisted of:
- John McLean OBE, the Chairman of China Resolutions and a Director of China Britain Business Council, shared his insights into the trends, challenges and opportunities of business investments between China and UK, especially the impact of China’s One Belt One Road ambitions
- Geyang Huang, Head of China at London and Partners, provided an update on the status of Chinese investment in London, any policies or strategies London may have around China and some case examples of recent investments
- Marty Lau, a partner at Moore Stephens LLP, shared his practical experience and lessons learned from supporting Chinese companies to acquire and invest in UK and European companies.
The seminar and the panel discussion following the speakers was moderated by Dr Yeow Poon, the President of England China Business Forum (ECBF).
You Can Do it – Trading with China
Birmingham, June 2017
On the evening of June 28th, about 40 people gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham to listen to a panel of industrialists and business people share their experience of trading between UK and China.
The seminar began with Andy Moss, a Director from Lloyds Bank, giving a demonstration of the bank International Trade Portal, an online facility that supports businesses in finding new overseas markets, by providing comprehensive data on trade flows in the world. For more information please see www.lloydsbanktrade.com
The next speaker was James Westwood who talked about his experience of starting up a business in China, the opportunities for exports to China and the resources available to support UK companies. James is now a business advisor with the China Britain Business Council.
Candy Yu then followed up with her experience of starting an import/export business in the UK. She emphasised the importance of e-commerce as there are over 300 million online shoppers in China and online sales has grown annually by 22% on average in recent years. She gave some tips on selling in China as well as some of the products Chinese consumers would buy.
The seminar concluded with Steve Brittan, the Managing Director of BSA Technologies Ltd, with many years of experience in China sharing his business insights on working with Chinese partners and the importance of building up good working relationships and quality procedures.
During the discussion, practical questions raised include how to protect a product, why some Chinese firms appear unresponsive to trade requests and how would a Chinese company working in Africa competitively source suppliers from the UK.
The presentations by James Westwood and Candy Yu are available below:
ECBF Annual Dinner
Birmingham, January 2017
Over 30 people attended the ECBF Annual Dinner 2017 at the Chinese Community Centre in Birmingham. The evening began with dances from Wan Sheung, a lovely dance group based in the Centre. There were 2 talks:
- Dr Yeow Poon, the President of ECBF, gave a stimulating presentation on trends and impacts of Brexit in China-UK trade and investment.
- Bill Good, the President of BCBF, shared his experiences and interesting anecdotes of a recent trip he made to China.
A lively discussion following the presentations, which continued through the dinner as people took to the floor to introduce themselves and share their views.
For a copy of the presentation: ECBF Annual Dinner 2017