ACOLINK, a Northern business bridging and enabling trade opportunities between the UK and China, wrapped up the first round of their Let’s Do China roadshow in Manchester on the 28th November.
This was the kickstart of a series dedicated to encouraging local business to go global — promoting export prosperity between the Northern Powerhouse and China.
For ambitious Manchester and North West businesses, it was an opportunity to learn how to sustainably grow and develop in the new Golden Era 2.0 between the UK and China.
ACOLINK works alongside both UK and China government, as well as firms like Ward Hadaway, in order to endorse and champion this while staying at the front of insights, developments and policy changes.
While delivering the session, ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang was able to share with the attendees the benefits of China’s relaxed policies for cross-border e-commerce retail imports — newly announced on the 21st November.
Elaine Chan, a partner in Ward Hadaway’s Commercial Litigation team, highlighted the firm’s international network of support for businesses wanting to trade and export internationally.
“I think it’s really important to emphasise ACOLINK’s experience with Chinese business,” she said. “We’re really delighted to be supporting our friends at ACOLINK with their series of seminars on doing business in China. As you all know, China is a huge marketplace with enormous potential — and it’s really important to get things right from when you start off. We work closely also with law firms in China and in Hong Kong, specialising in different areas with different properties.”
China’s openness for business and its long-term government-led initiatives has invigorated entrepreneurial UK firms with an appetite for exporting. DIT International Trade Advisor for North West, Penny Wang-Orme spoke to the attendees about the department’s help for businesses considering export.
Let’s Do China seeks to recognise, celebrate and bolster the possibilities of exporting to China, in partnership with principal UK and China government agencies, business associations and experienced private sector organisations.
The interactive sessions offer a fresh alternative to trading with China and understanding local market opportunities: from an overview of China’s international and national initiatives to a provincial perspective. Let’s Do China not only highlights China’s vibrant market, and its international openness, but also strengthens local businesses’ confidence in exporting.
ACOLINK’s ambition is to bring global opportunities closer to local businesses while also furthering international exchange and collaboration. Their Let’s Do China initiative has joined forces with Northern Powerhouse Export campaign and Exporting is GREAT to bring export opportunities closer to local businesses. Workshops ran in November in three key Northern Powerhouse cities — Newcastle, Leeds, and Manchester — with more to come throughout 2019 across the UK.