The Queen’s Awards have just been announced and the East of England industries have been awarded more than ever before in 2019.
Suffolk Queen’s Awards for Enterprise call for entries, February 2020
The first Suffolk Queen’s awards lunch meeting for 2020 was held in conjunction with the Ipswich Suffolk Business club, the topic Infrastructure. The speaker was Tom Hunt MP.
This was the first of a series of calls for entries for the Suffolk 2020 Queen’s Awards. The next one is planned for the House of Lords on Clean Energy, which is a sector that East of England is outstanding for. The next local event will be on Tourism the venue is to be confirmed after the lockdown has been lifted.
Dr Saul Humphrey, Chair of Building Growth for New Anglia LEP said ”The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are a demonstrable sign of outstanding achievement in Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and in promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility – all of which are excellent indicators of successful businesses in our region. The Clean Growth ambitions of Norfolk and Suffolk require critical infrastructure to realise our ambitions and The Queen’s Awards are a wonderful accolade to align with that intent.”
UEA/LinksEast event at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich.
This lunch is aimed as a follow up to University of East Anglia (UEA) / LinksEast event on tastings by Chinese students of local artisan food and drink on the 27th February. The preferences of the Chinese consumer, in food and drink will be revealed during the meal.
Lunch at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Tim Clement–Jones, promoting the East of England, Norfolk and Suffolk, Culture and heritage to China.
Otley College lunch event, promoting the East of England, Suffolk and Norfolk expertise in Agriculture to China.
House of Lords lunch, promoting The East of England, Norfolk and Suffolk Agriculture to a visiting Chinese Agricultural Delegation organised by DEFRA.
More than 200 Chinese students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) took part in tasting local artisan food and drink from Norfolk and Suffolk.
LinksEast was delighted to be involved with this event. The Gateway to China initiative follows on from the Spirit of Youth campaign when UEA Alumna Jiang Shuying ,a famous Chinese film star,visited the campus in the Summer.
This lunch was hosted Doug Field, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the topic under discussion was AI and promoting agri-tech, energy and technology across Norfolk and Suffolk to China.
The speaker Prof Dr Detlef Nauck, chief research scientist at BT Technology in Martlesham. This event coincided with the prime minister Theresa May visit to China. China is the UK’s fifth largest export market and this is rapidly growing.
Prime Minister Theresa May will pay an official visit to China from 31 January to 2 February, at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the Prime Minister will co-host the bilateral annual prime ministerial meeting with her Chinese counterpart. The Ministry went on to say the visit is of great significance to bilateral ties under the new circumstances, as the two sides agreed to build a global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century and usher in a 'golden era' for bilateral ties.
Theresa May will meet with Chinese leaders in discussions on bilateral ties and international and regional issues.
Hua Chunying, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, went on to say: "We hope this visit will deepen political mutual trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, and further advance the China-Britain global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century."
To highlight this visit, The East of England is promoting the latest trade developments with China with an event to coincide with the PM's visit.
LinksEast have organised a feature meeting to promote ICT/AI (Information Communication Technology / Artificial Intelligence) to accentuate how advanced this region is in these fields, and how we propose using this to promote our regions trade in Food/Drink/Agriculture.
The China-UK relationship enjoys continued growth. Currently, the UK is the second largest trading partner, second largest investment destination and second largest actual investment source of China within the European Union.
The event will be hosted by Doug Field, Chairman of New Anglia LEP. Invited guests will be key stakeholders from Norfolk and Suffolk. Speaker will be Professor Detlef Nauck, head of data science research at BT's Research and Innovation Division in Ipswich. He is the leader of a group of international scientists working on Intelligent Data Analysis and Autonomic Systems.
LinksEast was founded on the intention of enabling communication and trade between SMEs in East Anglia interested in trading internationally.
In an increasingly complicated marketplace of international trade, highlighted by post referendum uncertainties, LinksEast offers a distinctive, fully integrated PR service to its clients in East Anglia bringing them greater awareness and clarity regarding present and potential opportunities both at home and overseas. This enables local firms to utilise effective links to fast track trade with international markets.
We focus on key market sectors in East Anglia: Food and Drink, ICT, Transport, Alternative Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Education, Aerospace, Medical, Advance Manufacturing and Tourism.
We host the LinksEast Forum, a series of round table discussions at The House of Lords, where invited guests from specific EA market communities can meet with representatives of Government who have knowledge, insight and expertise to discuss their needs and requirements on the 'how to' questions of international trade. The Forum forms the foundation for the EA business community of a 'self-help' exchange of knowledge and idea dialogues, with local meetings across the region.
We have qualified multilingual speakers to help businesses build knowledge and confidence to do business overseas, as well as advising on specific opportunities tailored to their needs.
Our understanding of the changing shape of marketing communications in the light of interactive media allows us to give the most suitable responses to projects briefs on the international area to feed through to East Anglia.
Trading internationally is all about building a relationship of trust and friendship.
The growing appetite internationally for British food and drink products is underpinned by provenance and premium quality.
As consumers have grown wealthier and ventured further afield to visit new places and explore new cuisines, they have developed new tastes for imported delicacies and remain convinced a premium price is the right price to pay for produce that bears the mark of food safety and years of craftsmanship.
The designation of 'made in Britain' is increasingly one of the biggest assets for British food and drink businesses.
For food companies with the right branding and strategic patience, trading internationally offers a genuine chance for future expansion.
Using China as an example, please find below some useful phrases:
How are you?
No problem (it’s okay)
I would like to go to...
How much is...
Ni hao ma?
Wo xiang qu...
Duo shao qian
Nee how ma?
Boo ke chee
Dway boo chee
May gwan shee
Wor sheang choo