Past Events in 2015

Bringing the Tower Cranes Back From China

Property Investment in Birmingham

4 November 2015, 5.30 for 6.00 pm at Weightmans LLP, St Phillip’s Point, Birmingham.

Our prestigious panel of speakers will explain what property investment in Birmingham is all about, why what is happening is happening, and you will hear first hand from a Chinese investor about their experiences of investing in property developments in Birmingham.

  • Ed Gamble, Head of Investment, CBRE
  • Richard Bowser, Property Investor News
  • PGC Capital, Shanghai

With Special Guests including: Anthony McCourt – Court Collaboration, Richard Brown – Grand Central, Bob Ghosh – K4 Architects, Michael Dong – Investor Property Solutions, this is tipped to be THE event on the Real Estate calendar and not one to be missed.

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Investing in Manufacturing

What are the opportunities for Chinese investments in the Midlands

23rd April 2015

Many Chinese firms and individuals are now looking eagerly to invest outside China and are being Many Chinese firms and individuals are now looking eagerly to invest outside China and are being encouraged to do that by their emerging national policy. Until recently, much Chinese outward investment tended to focus on infrastructure and real estate. This pattern has repeated itself in the UK generally and in this region specifically.

However, there has also been significant Chinese investments into Birmingham and the wider Midlands in the automotive sector with SAIC and Changan establishing R and D and other operations here. In addition, Geely have just announced a major increase in investment in their London Taxi Company subsidiary in Coventry. There have also been strategic acquisitions such as Coventry Climax now expanding into production in China and even international deals such as the Chinese purchase of Pirelli which will impact here.

The industrial and manufacturing capacity of this region is well understood and is having an impact of our exports to China. One of the fascinating issues of the next few years will be the scale of future Chinese investment diversifying into supporting a wider range of manufacturing (large and small) that contributes to continuous development of the industrial strength in the West Midlands.

ECBF is bringing together a panel of leading experts from manufacturing, investment, banking and legal sectors to discuss this vital topic under the title Investing in Manufacturing – What are the opportunities for Chinese investments in the Midlands’.

Time:  5.30 pm for 6.00 pm start.

Panel Discussion:  6.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Place:  Barker Brettell LLP, 100 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8QQ

The Panel includes:

  • James Ng, the owner of JN Legal Consulting and a former solicitor with Wragge & Co, works to bring Chinese investment into Birmingham.
  • Chris Brown, Corporate Finance Director of Central Finance, specialises in raising finance for both small and large businesses.
  • Rachel Eade, MBE, leads the automotive sector in the Business Growth Service, which is funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • An expert from the banking sector to be confirmed

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