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ACOLINK CEO invited to China Bites Seminar to talk about China’s New E-Commerce Law

2019-02-19 7 minute read UK, North West, Manchester

Anita Zhang speaks at the China Bites Seminar in Manchester / ©ACOLINK

After being invited to speak at the 14th annual Greater China Awards, during the China Bites seminar, ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang, presented on China’s New E-Commerce Law.

The annual award seeks to recognise the trade successes of UK businesses in throughout China. It’s organised by the Manchester Growth Hub (Department for International Trade) and sponsored by Cathay Pacific.

Across three awards, the ceremony champions businesses in the North West who have developed business links with China, including trade, investment and education.

China Bites Seminar is the official accompaniment to the awards, encouraging and informing guests on the newest developments of China’s market.

Anita Zhang speaks about the New E-commerce Law in China at the China Bites seminar in Manchester, Feb 2019 / ©ACOLINK

It involved a panel of China trade experts and practitioners, including ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang, HM Trade Commissioner for China Richard Burn, Regional Director for DIT North West Paul Stowers, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University Professor Abigail Gregory, Jason Hill from Eden Brewery.

Representing ACOLINK, Anita delivered a presentation on China’s New E-Commerce Law and its impact on trading with China.

She said, “I think this is a great opportunity for UK exporters because, during my journey coming across different brands, they may say [when considering export] what about my IP? What about my trademark? Clearly, the law now is protecting it.”

ACOLINK have gained a lot of insight into the initial effects of the law on the Chinese market. Both through our client experiences and through big data sourced from our partnership with leading customs and data information government agencies in China.

(left-to-right) ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang, Interim Faculty Head of International Jane Ledbury, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Abigail Gregory, Regional Director for DIT North West Paul Stowers/ ©ACOLINK

Anita explained at the seminar, “The reason I’m sharing all these case studies with you is that, for any UK businesses who want to enter the Chinese market, they have to do it by understanding the new law — so they can understand what their opportunities are.”

China Bites Seminar was a wonderful chance to discuss and explore China’s trade opportunities. The panel led a diverse range of topics on aspects of trade and investment. ACOLINK are proud to be part of a campaign encouraging knowledgeable and sustainable entry into one of the world’s largest retail markets.

“Most importantly, in China, we like to share things,” said Anita. “If we like something, we like it, we love it, we’re going to send it to everyone. Literally, we’ll take a photo and share it (on social media). The next thing you know, your friend may be asking you ’Where do I buy this?’ and there you are – that’s where you double and triple your sales.”

For further information, read our initial analysis of the new e-commerce law. Head over to LetsDoChina.org to find dates for our next E-Commerce Law presentation workshop or request personalised corporate workshops and training.

ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang (left) and the HM Trade Commissioner Richard Burn (right) at the Greater China Awards in Manchester, Feb 2019 / ©ACOLINK

Greater China Awards 2019

The North West England Greater China Awards are open to any companies or organisations in North West of England which have made a significant contribution to developing business or collaborative innovation/partnership with mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan during 2018.

This year’s awards saw a number of entrants in three categories:

  • Business Award (for businesses with innovative & successful partnerships in Greater China for over 3 years.)
  • Education Links Award (for universities and businesses offering innovative training and successful education partnerships in Greater China)
  • Rising Star Award (for businesses with innovative & successful partnerships in Greater China for less than 3 years)

The finalists were: Access China UK Education, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, ATG Access, Chocolat Madagascar, Eagle Technical Products, Instasmile Limited, Intern China Ltd, Investar Property Group, Kendal Nutricare Ltd, Mardon plc, Monarch Solicitors, Nuuk Digital, The Beatles Story, The Hut Group, Tranmere Rovers Football Club Ltd, Ucargo Pacific Logistics Ltd, University of Liverpool, Wood pls, Ying De Group, Zilico Ltd.

(North West England Greater China Awards 2019 event / ©ACOLINK

The awards winners were:

Business Award
  1. Monarch Solicitors (Winner)
  2. Ying De Group (Runner-up)
  3. Kendal Nutricare Ltd (3rd place)
Education Links Award
  1. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Winner)
  2. Intern China (Runner-up)
  3. University of Liverpool (3rd place)
Rising Star Award
  1. ATG Access (Winner)
  2. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Ltd (Runner-up)
  3. Zilico Ltd (3rd place)

In addition, a Recognition Award has been presented to Manchester China Forum.