Adnams hosted a Linkseast-organised event at the newly refurbished Swan in Southwold where University of East Anglia post graduate students promoted locally-sourced East Anglian food to China.
Read the East Anglian Daily Times report for details.
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The LinksEast Dinner will be hosted by Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough's House.
Guest of Honour at the LinksEast Dinner will be Mark Pendlington, who recently stepped down as Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
In his three-and-a-half years tenure, Mark has secured millions in investment in the region and provided much-needed support to colleges teaching the skilled workforce of tomorrow, to continue that growth.
The LEP estimates to have created 43,500 jobs, 5,700 new businesses, 18,850 homes and pulled £267.2m of private investment into the region. Successes include the £1.4bn Great Eastern Mainline franchise and projects such as Norwich’s Aviation Academy, Easton and Otley College’s construction centre and East Coast College’s energy skills centre.
This event will be hosted by Lord Clement–Jones CBE. The topic is Arts in East Anglia. This event is being promoted to China and in particular Guangdong Province.
Guangdong Province is located in the southeast of China, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. As the pioneering province of China's Reform and Opening Up Policy in 1978, Guangdong is now the strongest province in the country. In 2016, Guangdong’s GDP reached 1.1 trillion dollars (US), growing by 7.5%, ranking No.16 in the world as an economic entity. The import and export value exceeded 1 trillion dollars (US), taking up 25% of the national total.
The Party Secretary of Guangdong province led a delegation of official and business representatives on a visit to the UK this June.
The delegation met UK companies to discuss investment and cooperation opportunities.
There was a welcome by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the UK and speeches by by representatives from East Anglia and Guangdong Province and presentations by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and UK companies investing in Guangdong.
Topics high on the agenda were finance, Hi-tech and foreign talent recruitment.
There were 'Matchmaking Sessions' throughout the day.
Guangdong Province is located in the southeast of China, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. The pioneering province of China's Reform and Opening Up Policy in 1978, Guangdong's import and export value exceeded 1 trillion dollars (US), taking up 25% of the national total.
There are over 17,0000 foreign enterprises established in Guangdong and Guangdong enterprises have invested in over 100 countries globally, establishing over 6000 enterprises.
Guangdong presents an excellent investment environment, offering huge space for business development, supported by a complete infrastructure with transport accessibility in all directions, wide-coverage communication networks and smooth and efficient customs clearance. The province also offers a large local pool of high quality human resources.
With the implementation of cooperation frame agreements between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, the Great Pearl River Delta will emerge as a world-class city cluster.
There are three special economic zones, six national economic and technological development zones, nine hi-tech industrial development zones, 17 bonded logistics supervision areas/sites, 36 provincial industry relocation industrial parks and a batch of provincial development zones. All these areas provide great opportunities for business developers.
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This event was being hosted by Robert Sheasby, Regional Director of The NFU. The topics are Agriculture / Horse Racing. This event is supported by William Kendall DL, The High Sheriff of Suffolk. The key speakers will be from the chosen topics.
This event was hosted by Doug Field, joint CEO of East of England Co-Op. The topic was Food/Drink. This event was supported by Lady Clare Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and by Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. The heads of food and drink in this region attended. They were there to discuss and hear from firms who are already successfully exporting. This event included representatives from the Sizewell C project, Anglia Farmers, NFU, Wilkin & Son, Muntons, Hillfarm Oils, Booja-Booja and BT.
This event was hosted by Lord Clement–Jones. The topic was ICT. This event was attended by a wide selection of ICT firm in East Anglia. Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State responsible for Digital Policy. IDC estimate that the Chinese ICT market will grow by 7% annually until 2025, when the market will exceed $6 trillion. The key factors driving this growth are increasing consumption by the burgeoning middle class, policies to upgrade China's industrial infrastructure and an increasing innovative tech ecosystem. The delegates were still concerned over IP issues. Tom Duke is the IP envoy in Beijing.
This event was hosted by Clarke Willis. The focus was on food and drinks sectors in the East of England and opportunities to promote business in China. The speakers were Conan Busby, head of Cargo and business for MAG, Stansted; Chris Cotton, Director of China–Britain Business Council and Thinley Topden, regional deputy director of the Department for International Trade.
What do the Chinese consumers want? Beer wine and spririts are increasing popular. However there are still however barriers for cider and fruit juices, which have a 40% import duty. Pork and seafood exports are growing, although the markets for beef and lamb are more difficult to access. High–quality biscuits and chocolate are in demand. The Chinese products have seen a huge increase in consumption. Milk powder exports are still high.
This was a local event hosted by Oliver Paul. The topic under discussion was the Food and drink sector. The High Sheriff of Suffolk William Kendall DL endorsed this meeting by attending.
Around 20 of the region’s top food and drink bosses attended including Rick Sheepshanks of Stokes; Ric Ackland Snow of Scarlett and Mustard; David Abbott of Booja-Booja; Barry Chevallier, Guild of Aspall Cyder and Ian Whitehead of Lane Farm. It was stated how well high-quality food and drink products were received in China and how businesses were trading successfully there already by building their profile online in China.
The launch of the LinksEast Forum, a series of round table discussions at the House of Lord followed by local events in East Anglia. This where specific East Anglian communities met with representatives of Government in particular the China-Britain Business Council. They discuss their requirements on the ‘how to’ question of trading with China. This event was hosted by Lord Sassoon, chairman of the China-Britain Business Council.