SME China Forum 2015, Nottingham, 22 September 2015

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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

Claire Urry, Executive Director, China-Britain Business Council

Keynote Video Address
The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise


The China Opportunity

Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman, Benoy; and Vice-Chairman, China-Britain Business Council 

09:35 Welcome Address
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

10:20 Refreshment Break

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


Networking Lunch

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
       - Hosted by Potter Clarkson & Panawell
2.    SME Matchmaking with Chinese companies
       - From Ningbo and Beijing
3.    Accessing the Chinese market
       - Hosted by LNP
4.    The Chinese Environment
       - Hosted by China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA)
5.    Next Steps to China
       - Hosted by China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)

16:00   Ends

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.

For full details on each company and the opportunities they present please click here. For more information email

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.



September 22nd, 2015 9:00 AM   to   October 12th, 2015 4:00 PM

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