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Chinese business leaders in Bristol to 'strengthen' trade links with China

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 30 November 2018 16:21

Chinese business leaders in Bristol to 'strengthen' trade links with China

Chinese business leaders have been visitng Bristol as part of a tour to strengthen trade links between the city and Shandong Province in China.

The group from the region’s chamber of commerce visted Bristol’s chambers Business West to discuss investment opportunities in the region.

The delegation, who visited Leigh Court as part of their trip, took part in talks exploring the possibilities of business co-operation between SMEs in UK and China.

James Durie, chief executive of Bristol Chamber of commerce and initiative at Business West, said: “We were delighted to welcome our counterparts from the Shandong Province Chamber of Commerce and explore how we could look to create new opportunities from our businesses to trade and export with each other.

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“Despite so much media airtime being devoted to Brexit, at Business West we continue to work very hard with many partners and our members to help and support companies in the South West and beyond, at all stages of the export journey.”

Director at law firm Gregg Latchams Paul Hardman, who attended the events, says it is “encouraging” to see the UK’s relationship with China “maturing”.

He added: “Initially, state-owned enterprises were dominant but now we are seeing delegation like this one from Shandong Province who are building a platform for SMEs on both sides to learn from each other and do business.

“Organisations like Business West and my own firm are an excellent way for UK SMEs to connect into this new development.”

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