EAB has successfully completed a bilingual responsive website for the Kang Yun Foundation, a Hong Kong registered charity that helps educate children in impoverished parts of rural China that have been left behind in China's rush to develop. The new content management system (CMS), based on the eZ Publish platform, is responsive so it displays well on small mobile phones, tablet devices and on larger desktop computers. The charity's volunteers can use the CMS to create and organise their own content in both Chinese and English.
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.
EAB China Online is a new service from EAB specially for UK and EU businesses that want to take advantage of the trend for online selling in China.
The web development team operates from Xi’an and is led by our chief China representative Andy Caiger, supported by a group of bright young Chinese graduates with e-commerce experience.
We believe we have got something extra for companies that want to access the world’s largest market for online selling. Forecasts indicate that the Chinese market will grow to $176 billion by 2014!
Internet in China
Here are four things you may not know about the internet in China:
You cannot easily get access to Youtube, Twitter or Facebook in China.
- The most popular search engine is Baidu.
- Tencent QQ with 784 million active user accounts is a cross between AOL, Yahoo, Facebook and MSN. Tencent has a bigger market capitalisation than Facebook!
- Although traditionally the Chinese are a debt-averse lot about 30 percent of Chinese urban households now own at least one credit card, which can be used to make international purchases through the internet. Other payment systems based on cash or debit only work within China.
"Internet shopping and mail-order are huge in China now. The language barrier means that UK goods need to be sold on the internet in Chinese. This can be achieved either through appointing a Chinese representative to manage a web-shop on a local shopping site such as taobao.com or by having your own website translated into Chinese. There are pros and cons for both which I'm happy to discuss with anyone who is considering selling online in China. We would encourage more UK businesses to give trading in China some serious consideration!"
Silk Road Ecotours launches its new website!
The initial site, developed with eZ Publish, initially provides a number of photoblogs. The eZ Publish CMS was customised to make the image upload easier and include a watermark automatically. Silk Road Ecotours's mission is to offer to the responsible traveller, the best travel tips, stories, destinations and activities in the Central Asia area.
Visit the Silk Road Ecotours website.
EAB is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the Sofitel Hotel, Renmin Square, Xi'an, China.
Built to meet the elaborate standards of China's new platinum five-star hotel rating, the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square is the ultimate accommodation facility in the ancient city of Xian.
The site, developed with eZ Publish offers information about the hotel in English and Chinese languages. Several image galleries show stunning photos of the hotel and various events.
EAB has launched www.ezpublish.com.cn, the eZ Publish Chinese Community for Chinese-speaking eZ Publish users to share their information, contribute on the forums, write articles and much more. The site has been approved by eZ systems as an official eZ Publish community.
EAB's representative office in China is pleased to announce the launch of EAB's Chinese-language website. The office, based in Xi'an, mainland China, offers Internet consultancy services to Chinese and European organisations aiming for a professional presence on the Web. The site is powered by eZ Publish.