At the recent China Britain Business Council event in Cambridge, I was delighted to discover that the Council has just opened an office in Xi'an – where we have a Representative Office headed by Andy Caiger.
There are barriers to doing business with China: because of visa restrictions enforced by our immigration-averse government, the British are being forced to go abroad to arrange meetings with Chinese prospects. This puts Brits at a real competitive disadvantage - unless they have offices in China or other EU countries (like us).
On the plus side, growth is gathering pace with an increasing urban population – and I discovered that the Chinese may well become world leaders in digital marketing integration with offline retail!
Overall it was a very worthwhile event which has the potential to open up many opportunities. Salut!
I am looking forward to the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) Chinese New Year Business Seminar, Lecture and Reception, Cambridge, 12 Feb 2013.
There are massive opportunities for EU and UK companies in the development of 300 new eco-cities – or 'Smart Cities' as they are known in China.
This means a lot to me because our French office is located near to the ‘Eco-Valley’ of la Plaine du Var (see www.ecovallee-plaineduvar.fr) - an area of Southern France earmarked for sustainable development. I'm hoping to get some insights on the ecological goals of China to share with my network partners at Union Pour L’Entreprise des Alpes-Maritimes (UPE06).
With our China Online services I believe we are uniquely connected to move on this huge market opportunity. If you have insights in doing business in China or just want to exchange thoughts please contact me or hook up with me at Cambridge.
If you are looking to discover more about the future for UK trade with China, then I’ll see you at this event at University of Cambridge on February 12:
The China-Britain Business Council Chinese New Year Business Seminar, Lecture and Reception
I'm interested in the UK/China relationship at the highest levels and hope to hear something good from Sir David Brewer, Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council that might affect our representative office in Xi’an.
In January 2013 we launched our EAB China Online service. Our aim is to provide rapid translation of UK and EU e-commerce websites and turn business opportunities into functioning web solutions in China.