This is a unique, national event designed to assist UK SMEs expand their business in the China market. In 2014 it attracted 240 participants, including a Chinese delegation of 80 delegates led by the Vice Mayor of Ningbo, 12 expert speakers and 9 sponsors. Previously held in Manchester (2013) and Birmingham (2014), the third SME China Forum will be held in Nottingham on 22 September 2015.
Format & Programme
|09:00||Registration & Refreshments|
Keynote Video Address
The China Opportunity
Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman, Benoy; and Vice-Chairman, China-Britain Business Council
JIN Xu, Minister Counsellor, Economic & Commercial Section, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
WANG Jianhou, Vice Mayor of Ningbo
KONG Weiwei, Director General of Ningbo Foreign Affairs Office
China International Promotion Agency
Johnny Hon, Executive Chairman, Global Group Capital Management Ltd
China Insights - Opportunities & Challenges: Learning from EU SMEs
Chris Cheung, Director, EU SME Centre Beijing
New to the Chinese Market - Case Study Presentations & Interactive Discussion
Moderated by Chris Cheung, Director, EU SME Centre Beijing
Market Expansion - Case Study Presentations & Interactive Discussion
Moderated by Mark Hedley, China Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council
Closing: UK-China Relations
Ian Curryer, CEO, Nottingham City Council
Ian Harrison, Regional Director, UK Trade & Investment
Tai Chi performance, by visiting Ningbo Taiji Association
Microgroup breakout sessions and 1-2-1 meetings
1. Intellectual Property – what you need to consider with China
Microgroups & 1-2-1 Meetings
The business delegation from Ningbo includes 29 Chinese companies, from the Automotive (5), Advanced Engineering (12), ICT (5), Logistics (1), Retail/Food & Drink (6) sectors. These companies are looking for UK partners for a range of activities, including manufacturing & supply, joint R&D, distribution and consultancy.
There is also a Healthcare & Life Science delegation visiting the Forum. For full details of participating companies in this sector, click here.
UK attendees will get the opportunity to network with these companies, to engage in 1-2-1 meetings (supported by interpreters) and to learn more about their specific requirements.
During the afternoon session will also be an opportunity to attend mini-group breakout sessions with a number of China service providers, covering areas such as legal/IPR, accounting services, and IT support.