Get Ready for China: EU SME Centre UK Roadshow (Glasgow)

  • Date
    24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015
  • Beijing Time
    8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Venue
    The Teacher Building The Teacher Building, 14 Enoch Square, GLASGOW, G1 4DB
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New Landscapes of Doing Business in China: Practial Guidance for Scottish businesses selling goods and services in China

The EU SME Centre expert will present at the seminar “New Landscapes of Doing Business in China” in Glasgow on June 24th, organised by Scottish Development International (SDI), UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC).

Key themes to be explored include:

  • China’s current economic transition – from export-led growth to homegrown consumption and innovation. What are the practical implications for Scottish companies?
  • Is Renminbi (RMB) the new global currency? Understand the liberalisation of the RMB and explore the advantages and disadvantages of using the RMB in dealings with China.
  • Reaching China’s digital consumer. Learn how Scottish companies can access the rapidly growing Chinese online consumer market without a registered Chinese entity.
  • Practical on-the-ground experience. Through case studies and panels of experts, draw on the practical learnings of individuals and businesses who have extensive experience working in China.


9.00 – 9.15 Opening remarks, Neil Francis, Director, International Trade & Investment Operations, Scottish Development International

9.15 – 10.00 Innovation, internationalisation and increasing consumption – Transitions in the Chinese economy and implications for Scottish businesses

Zsolt Takacs – EU SME Centre Expert.

Cissy Bullock, China Lead, High Growth Markets Unit, SDI

10.00 – 10.15 Government support for doing business in China, John Boyce, UK Export Finance Advisor

10.15 – 10.55 Panel 1: RMB: the new global currency? Overview of RMB liberalisation, adv/disadv of using RMB in dealings with China, future outlook

Warwick Long, Head of Corporate Banking GTRF UK and Head of HSBC Invoice Finance;

Wang Huabin, Deputy General Manager of Bank of China London

10.55 – 11.25 Coffee break

11.25 – 11.45 Panel 2: Arms length or all in? – Establishing the right presence in China

Leon Cane, Director Corporate Tax, Deloitte LLP

Stanley Zhou, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Shanghai Office

11.45 – 12.10 Case Study: Skyscanner’s China journey – from runway to takeoff

Andy Sleigh, Director, Strategic Partnerships (previously Asia General Manager), Skyscanner Ltd

12.10 – 12.50 Panel 2: Reaching China’s Digital Consumer: how a UK business without a registered Chinese entity can access the rapidly growing Chinese online consumer market

Stephen Hope, Digital Advisor, e-Exporting, Consumer & Retail Group;

Mark Hedley, Senior Chinese Business Adviser, China Britain Business Council;

Mr Shawn Zhao, Head of UKTI Business & Commercial team

12.50 – 1.00 Concluding remarks

1.00 Networking lunch

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The EU SME Centre’s “Get Ready for China” UK Roadshow will take place in:

• London on June 23

• Glasgow on June 24

• Chester on June 25

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