A new business venture to encourage trade between the south West and China was launched at Swindon’s museum and art gallery this month.
The UK China Business Consortium, which supports Chinese companies considering investing in the UK, and UK companies looking to trade with or expand into Hong Kong and China was officially launched by Chinese cultural attache Li Zhang.
As he cut the ribbon to open an exhibition of art from China never previously on public view, Mr Zhang said he was delighted to visit Swindon for the first time and that some of the town’s businesses have spearheaded this initiative to encourage trade between the two nations.
Toasting the link between Swindon and China, Li Zhang and Swindon Council leader Rod Bluh, with the mayor Ray Ballman and Jeremy Clark of Clark Holt. Image: Simon Apps, www.professional–images.com
The consortium comprises commercial law firm Clark Holt, trademark and IP specialists Haseltine Lake, commercial property experts Whitmarsh Lockhart and PR and marketing consultancy Vox.
It will provide potential investors with professional advice on corporate and commercial law and intellectual property protection in China and in Europe, expertise in commercial land and property, and support on PR, strategic relationships, corporate social responsibility and digital communications.
The event was attended by Swindon mayor councillor Ray Ballman and many members of the region’s British and Chinese business communities.
Sue Pycroft of Vox, who with other members of the consortium joined a UKTI visit to the Pearl River Delta and Beijing last autumn, said the consortium exists to help make doing business with Britain easier for Chinese companies who want to invest here. “Clark Holt and Haseltine Lake are already highly experienced in doing business with China and have strong presences and ties there already, which is very helpful.”
“We strongly believe that the South West has a tremendous amount to offer new businesses, and China’s emergence as a major global player brings exciting opportunities for companies such as ourselves involved in facilitating and promoting new commercial presences in the region.”
UKTI market visit leader Chen Wu, who attended the opening, welcomed the formation of the consortium.
“The South West and Swindon has much to offer Chinese businesses in terms of investment opportunities, transport links, quality of commercial property and quality of life,” said Chen
Art from China, a unique opportunity to see Chinese art owned by private collectors, never before shown in public, is a free exhibition at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road, Old Town and runs until 13 August 2011