This Wednesday 8 November techUK ran a seminar that showcased the potential of the Chinese market for its members.
The half day seminar included speakers from government and business who discussed the market opportunities in China as well as how to overcome some of the challenges.
The event was aimed for those considering the Chinese market for the first time or who are relatively new to the China market and are considering how to grow their presence.
The morning started off with a welcome from techUK CEO, Julian David, who was followed by Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology at the Chinese Embassy, Mr Sunan Jiang. Mr Jiang discussed China's latest progress in science and technology innovation and Sino-British cooperation prospects as well as outlining some of the opportunity. Andrew Cockburn followed with an overview of the resources the Department for International Trade can offer in support of UK companies’ China excursions.
This event was followed by Bill Russell, Deputy Director of International Policy of the Intellectual Property Office who outlined what is considered IP, it’s importance, and how to protect it in the UK and globally. Mark Hedley, ICT Sector Director & China Business Adviser at the China Britain Business Council gave more analysis to what the China market looks like and how to access some of the opportunities as well as sharing his extensive experience of conducting business in China.
Graham Curraan, CEO of UK company Sondrel shared with the group his experience of exporting to China and gave tips on the Dos and Don’ts. The event was concluded with a fascinating panel discussion exploring all things China with fantastic insights from panellists, Edward Brewster, Communications Director at Huawei Technologies UK & Ireland office, Heba Bevan, CEO of tech start-up Utterberry, and Professor Yike Guo, Founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College.
The event was part of an ongoing series of events and activities by techUK’s International trade programme aimed at assisting UK members engage internationally and facilitating international companies’ UK growth.
For further information on techUK’s international trade programme, please get in touch with Simon Spier.