This is a unique, national event designed to assist UK SMEs expand their business in the China market. In 2014 it attracted 240 participants, including a Chinese delegation of 80 delegates led by the Vice Mayor of Ningbo, 12 expert speakers and 9 sponsors. Previously held in Manchester (2013) and Birmingham (2014), the third SME China Forum will be held in Nottingham on 22 September 2015.
The EU SME Centre expert Rafael Jimenez will join the Forum and share insights of the Chinese market from our latest research.
09:00 Registration & Refreshments
09:20 Opening, by Claire Urry, Executive Director, China-Britain Business Council
Keynote Video Address, The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise
09:25 The China Opportunity, Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman, Benoy; and Vice-Chairman, China-Britain Business Council
09:35 Welcome Address, JIN Xu, Minister Counsellor, Economic & Commercial Section, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
09:45 WANG Jianhou, Vice Mayor of Ningbo
09:50 KONG Weiwei, Director General of Ningbo Foreign Affairs Office
10:00 China International Promotion Agency
10:10 Johnny Hon, Executive Chairman, Global Group Capital Management Ltd
10:20 Refreshment Break
10:40 China Insights – Opportunities & Challenges: Learning from EU SMEs, Rafael Jimenez, Business Development Adviser, EU SME Centre Beijing
10:50 New to the Chinese Market – Case Study Presentations & Interactive Discussion, Moderated by Claire Urry, Executive Director, China-Britain Business Council – See more at: http://www.cbbc.org/whatson/sme-china-forum/#sthash.YlucOacZ.dpuf; The Photo Booth Company (UK) Ltd, VR Aviation Safety Partnership, Blue Skies, Base Formula
11:50 Market Expansion – Case Study Presentations & Interactive Discussion, Moderated by Mark Hedley, China Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council, Sondrel Ltd, Studio Output Ltd, Spooner Industries
12:50 Closing: UK-China Relations, Ian Curryer, CEO, Nottingham City Council; Ian Harrison, Regional Director, UK Trade & Investment
13:00 Networking Lunch, Tai Chi performance, by visiting Ningbo Taiji Association
14:15 Microgroup breakout sessions and 1-2-1 meetings
1. Intellectual Property – what you need to consider with China – Hosted by Potter Clarkson & Panawell
2. SME Matchmaking with Chinese companies – From Ningbo and Beijing
3. Accessing the Chinese market – Hosted by LNP
4. The Chinese Environment – Hosted by China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA)
5. Next Steps to China – Hosted by China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
To learn more about the event and sign up, click here.