Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen Business Awards 2014: Qing Lin, of Join in China, nominated for Young Business of the Year

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Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen Business Awards 2014: Qing Lin, of Join in China, nominated for Young Business of the Year

A Chinese -born entrepreneur is helping Gloucestershire companies break into the potentially huge markets in the Far East.

And Qing Lin, who runs Join in China, has seen significant results over the last 18 months as business confidence has grown – thanks in no small part to her support and advice.

Now her enterprise has been entered for the Young Business of the Year category of the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen Business Awards.

Qing Lin, who moved to Chalford, near Stroud, more than a decade ago, believes county businesses are making more of an impression in China.

Qing set up specialist company Join in China with her husband Adam Vines to help firms break into China, expanding and opening offices there.

Since then they have self-funded three trips back to China to conduct visits to key areas to further strengthen business links with Gloucestershire with reciprocal visits.

Join in China has two main sectors.

It has developed the UK’s only Chinese website to promote Gloucestershire tourism in China and is number one on the country’s main search engine for searches for the Cotswolds in Chinese characters.

And Join in China has helped local businesses prepare themselves for the Chinese market through Qing’s cultural knowledge and Adam’s marketing and design background through his company Lounge Design Ltd.

Qing Lin was educated at Shantou University in South East China and has lived in Japan, South Korea and Thailand before settling in the UK.

Her key contacts in many industries in China give her the ability to make things happen. She believes it is vital that county businesses have the confidence to trade with China.

“Our goal is to make Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds a premium destination, second only to London for Chinese tourists, whose numbers will increase significantly in the next five years.”

She said visitors were already impressed with the quality and variety that the county had to offer.

l For the third year running, accountants and business advisers Randall&Payne are the title sponsors of the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo’s Business Awards 2014.

The 14 awards are set to turn the spotlight on the county’s entrepreneurs as we showcase entrants in the coming weeks.

For further details, visit our Awards page or click Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen Business Awards 2014

The sponsors are:

Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Expectations!Recruitment Services
Creed Foodservice
University of Gloucestershire
The Warranty Group
Bruton Knowles
Gloucestershire College
Business West

Pictured: Qing Lin and Adam Vines, of Join In China.

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