The SME China Forum 2015

  • Date
    22 September 2015 - 22 September 2015
  • Beijing Time
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue
    The Nottingham Belfry Hotel Nottingham Business Park Mellors Way Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 6PY United Kingdom
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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:; 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)

16:00 Ends

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