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Opportunities For UK Businesses In China's Regional Cities

Opportunities For UK Businesses In Chinas Regional Cities

Hear compelling findings from a recent key report on business opportunities in China’s emerging regional cities and explore where and how best your company should engage with these opportunities

Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Derbyshire
Wed 22nd Feb 2012, 09:30 to 13:00

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Join us at February's event, held in partnership with CBBC and UKTI, to gain an insight into the ongoing growth of China's regional cities.


The focus for many British companies in China continues to be in a small number of large and familiar cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. However, business conditions in these cities are evolving quickly. In particular, numerous British companies are experiencing mature and increasingly saturated markets in these locations, with only niche opportunities for development, and growing competitive pressures from other foreign firms and increasingly sophisticated Chinese companies.


The report - Opportunities for UK Businesses in China’s Regional Cities - presents findings of research conducted in 2011 by CBBC and the Centre of International Business at the University of Leeds for and on behalf of UKTI. This event will discuss the compelling findings from the report and guide companies on how to engage with business opportunities in China’s emerging regional cities. Following the presentations and networking sessions, you can book a one to one meeting with an industry, market or legal specialist, to discuss the potential opportunities for your company in China. 


Key findings – Highlights


·  Since 2007 exports to China from the East Midlands have risen from £267m to £424m. For the first two quarters of 2011, exports increased over 24% on the equivalent period last year.

·  Exports of machinery and transport equipment are the biggest success for the region, growing by an amazing 58% since 2007.

·  The East Midlands has identified two priority locations to develop business with ChinaSichuan Province / Chongqing Municipality (which is twinned with Leicester); and Zhejiang Province / Ningbo.

·  These locations have been chosen because of pre-existing strong political and civic links however, opportunities are being developed throughout China as they arise.

·  A sector based focus has been adopted particularly in transport and environmental technologies. In addition, the sector strengths identified in the Regional Economic Strategy are also promoted. These include construction, healthcare and food and drink. 




09h30             Registration and Refreshments


10h00             Chair’s Welcome and Introduction

Peter Hogarth, International Trade Director, UKTI East Midlands


10h10             Momentum of Policy Initiatives in Regional City

Development - Highlights of China’s 12th Five Year Plan


10h40             Key Research Findings & Opportunities for UK Companies in

China’s Regional Cities

Stewart Ferguson, Head of Research, CBBC


11h25             Doing Business in a Chinese regional city: A Company’s


Patrick Tindale, CEO, 4Energy


11h50             Interactive Panel Discussion and Q&A


12h30             Networking Lunch


13h30             One to One Sessions


15h30             Close





Please click here to book your place on the China - Britain Business Council website.

Alternatively you can download the registration form below, print, complete and return.

All members should reference 'emita' to qualify for free of charge attendance.

China Regional Cities Flyer (pdf)

Registration Form (PDF)


Please download, complete and return this form by Wednesday, 15th February 2012 to:


China-Britain Business Council, 3rd Floor, Portland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5BH


Alternatively you can Email to or Fax to 020 7802 2029



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