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Diary Date: June 15, China trade lessons for Gloucestershire business

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Written by: The Business | Posted 08 June 2016 8:01

Diary Date: June 15, China trade lessons for Gloucestershire business

China is the sixth largest export market for the UK and experts are lining up to help Gloucestershire businesses break in to the market at a golden time.

Leaders in commerce are sharing their wealth of knowledge about trading in China and Hong Kong at a free seminar with Mandarin and Cantonese-fluent Gloucester MP Richard Graham as one of the key speakers.

Having lived in the country for 15 years Mr Graham, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, will be on the panel at Join In China’s event, imparting practical tips and information to help companies crack the market.

“UK exports to China have doubled in the last five years and Made In Britain has never been a stronger brand,” Mr Graham said.

“There are both great opportunities and risks in doing business there, as I know from personal experience.

“Join in China can help Gloucestershire businesses achieve success and avoid the hazards.

“So I recommend this seminar to anyone interested in exporting.”

Qing Lin, chief executive of Join in China, said: “The event will shed light on how UK businesses can take advantage of current golden opportunities to enter the Chinese and Hong Kong markets as well as providing practical tips drawn from the speakers’ real life experiences.”

In 2014 UK exports to China rose by nine per cent and China and Hong Kong are the UK’s largest markets for goods in Asia Pacific.

Qing, who has a proven record of using her skills and expertise in cross-country culture to help Gloucestershire companies trade in Asia, believes more can benefit.

“The specialists will share their knowledge on a range of topics including tips for aspiring exporters and also businesses wanting to purchase products from China,” she said.

Speakers also come from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, and the British Chamber of Commerce in mainland China.

Hong Kong governmental representatives InvestHK, and David Clive Price, international cross-cultural mentor and former strategic advisor to HSBC, also share their insights.

China + HK – A New Landscape For Growth will help delegates understand what is required to develop their businesses, covering questions about Chinese culture, investment, and IP law, to marketing, localisation, and overseas banking.

It will be held at Renishaw plc in Wotton-under-Edge on June 15. Go to to sign up.

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