Thames Valley International China event

We are delighted to invite you to the Thames Valley International China Event.

Thursday 24th May 08.00 – 10.30am
The Gateway Building, Thames Valley Science Park, TVSP Shinfield Campus, RG2 9LH

We are delighted to invite you to the Thames Valley International China event on 24th May at The Gateway Building, Reading.

The China event is a great opportunity for the owners and leaders of exporting businesses to meet, and understand more about China and how to work with other businesses in China. Past events have been well attended and received excellent feedback.

We are delighted to confirm that  Dr Kegang Wu, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce will be our first speaker and will provide a China market update highlighting recent market changes as a result of the economic rebalancing in the last few years. He will also inform new challenge and opportunities for British companies, which has will result from new policies introduced, further opening-up of sectors and new initiatives. He will cover what business support and service in the 21 cities and the Guangdong Province. Kegang will be happy to take questions including those on the Belt & Road Initiative, the view of Chinese investors on Brexit, Guangdong’s Free Trade Zones and the Greater Bay Area strategy, and other market priorities announced. Details of incoming Guangdong Forum event,  Chinese trade delegations and organised trade visits to Guangdong will be available.

Dr. Kegang Wu specialises on the China market for the last two decades in the UK with a track record of helping British SMEs across sectors. He advises on strategy, trade and investment promotion, contract negotiation and cross-cultural issues in partnership.   In recent years he has been focusing on linking the UK with China’s most prosperous region Guangdong Province and its 21 cities, for which He is responsible for the China-Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the UK (中国广东省驻英国经贸代表处). He also runs BCC LinkToChina (英国英中商会) and the China Desk of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (泰晤士谷商会).  Bilingual in Chinese and English, he has travelled over 80 times to China over the years and guided hundreds of British companies in China market, and more recently Chinese companies in the UK.  Kegang obtained his PhD in Geography from King’s College London.

Our second speaker is James Hardy, Chief Executive of Avenue51, which is a business takes British brands into China via e-commerce channels.  James was formerly Head of Alibaba in Europe. He was based in San Francisco for 10 years and Sydney for 3 years, and was formerly general counsel of the world’s largest technology communications agency, managing acquisitions and operations in the US, Europe, India and China. He holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is a UK qualified solicitor.

Parking is available for all visitors.

The International Event is supported by Barclays Bank, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Avenue51.


08:00 Registration, breakfast and networking
08:30 Welcome & Open
08:35 Dr Kegang Wu from the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
09:15 James Hardy Chief Executive of Avenue51
09:45 Martin Preater, Barclays
10:00 Panel Q&A followed by Networking
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China Guangdong – UK Business Seminar on Green, Recycling and Low Carbon Opportunities

Date and Time: 16:30 – 18:45, 27th July 2017

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Tower of London, London

This business seminar and reception has been organised for the visit of a senior group of Chinese delegates consisting of Vice-Mayors or senior officials of 12 Chinese cities and Deputy Commissioners or heads of departments from 12 functional/sector provincial authorities of the Guangdong Province, China. (see the attached 20170727 Guangdong – Seminar speakers and government delegates-V6).

City of Zhaoqing


The keynote speaker is Mr. Zehua Lai, Leader of Zhaoqing City Government and Head of the delegation, who will be speaking about the opportunities of doing business in Guangdong in particularly using the Li Zehua V7City of Zhaoqing and the green, recycling and low carbon sectors as case studies.

Mr Lai has thirty years of Chinese government experience at levels district, county, city and central government after obtaining his law degree. His range of experience covers market reform, economic development, high-tech development park, district governor, city mayor and central government department on price reform. Most of his work have been in the City of Heyuan and since 2015 the City of Zhaoqing where he is leading a number of initiatives to make Zhaoqing one of the most business-friendly cities in Guangdong. Environment industry is one of the five sectors Zhaoqing aim to build a £1 billion industrial output (see the attached 2016 Zhaoqing Environmental Industrial Parks).

images (1)As the hub of world manufacturing, China’s leading region in technology and enterprising, and a global trade & investment centre, Guangdong has been, in the last four decades, the Chinese economic power house where the Belt and Road Initiatives and the new strategy for a Greater Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao is overlapped to promise much future opportunities (see ‘1705 About Guangdong China 2017’ for details).

The 35-member strong group is visiting the UK to explore on the new development models of green, recycling and low carbon economies, although the group collectively covers government departments responsive for land resources, environmental protection, housing, urban and rural development, forest protection, industry and commerce administration, fisheries, food and drug administration, maritime education, health and safety and agriculture.

The seminar will be most suitable for British companies from all sectors above which is interested in China market and well as those in green energy, recycling and low carbon sectors. The seminar and reception is free and we have only 35 places for the UK attendees. Registered interest for a place will be confirmed by a formal invitation via email.

Other speakers include

Mr. Wenmu Huang, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Department, Guangdong Province;

Dr Kegang Wu, Chief Representative, Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the UK;

John Lelliott OBE, Chair of ACCA’s Global Forum for Sustainability and Chair of the Natural Capital Coalition, the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts


1630 arrival / coffee & tea

1700 presentations and Q&A

1845 reception & networking

1945 carriage

To register online:


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Business delegation from the Chinese advanced manufacturing hub – City of Foshan

China Guangdong (Foshan) – UK (Thames Valley) Business Seminar

10:00 – 13:00, Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Peacock Lane, Bracknell, RG403DF.

This is a unique opportunity to meet a group of businessmen from the City of Foshan, Guangdong province, China. The group (contact BCC LinkToChina for their details profiles) is consist of 12 senior business leaders and managers from manufacturers, importers and exporters, chambers and government. The delegates are seeking to buy British as well as providing Chinese-made products. The Chinese products they represent covering a number of sectors:

Lighting, FMCG, textiles, ceramic products, building decoration, fur and leather products, household items, electronic and hardware, foods and wines, electric appliances, and porcelain machinery, etc.  There are also companies in IT products, real estate development, construction, building material, and porcelain manufacturing. There is also a OEM.

The group is organised by the official chamber of commerce in Foshan – Foshan CCPIT and recommended by the China Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the UK.

Bracknell Forest Council, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, and BCC LinkToChina are co-hosting this seminar with CCPIT Foshan to afford this opportunity for local British companies to meet the group. There will be a number of presentations on the business opportunities of the City of Foshan, Bracknell and the Thames Valley Chamber’s Go Global initiative.

Foshan, located in the western suburb of Guangzhou (Canton), is at the heart of the famous ‘World Factory’ of Pearl River Delta area and one of the key prefecture-cites of Guangdong Province. It is known for its strong manufacturing in sectors such as household, electrical appliance, tool manufacturing, furniture, electronics and communications, stainless steel products, and ceramics.

The Foshan Government will make presentations on the economic and investment opportunities in a city that is ranked 15th in China 3rd in Guangdong and on the International Internet+ Expo.

British businesses that are interested in doing business with China and those that are already engaged with Guangdong are encouraged to make the most of this rare opportunity. To book a place please visit the link on the website of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

The seminar programme: 

09:30   Arrive and registration at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Bracknell Forest, Berkshire.
10:00   Victor Nicholls, Assistant Chief Executive, Welcome Remark
10:10   Feng CHEN, Deputy Secretary-General, City of Foshan – speech on business opportunities of Foshan
10:25  Cllr Paul Bettison, The Council Leader and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Bracknell Forest Council, presentation on Bracknell Forest a preferred business place for Guangdong companies
10:55   Hongzhan Chen, Vice-president, CCPIT Foshan, presentation on China (Guangdong) International Internet+ Exposition
11:10   Paul Britton, Chief Executive and Anne White, Head of International Trade and Compliance, Presentation on Thames Valley and Guangdong and The Go Global Initiative
11:30   Q&A session with contributions from the Foshan delegates and UK participants
11:50   Dr Kegang Wu, Guangdong Economic and Trade Office / BCC LinkToChina, Concluding Remarks
12:00   Lunch and networking
13:00 End of seminar

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Guangdong Leader Chunhua Hu visited the UK


A largest trade delegation consist of more than 200 businesses from the Chinese economic powerhouse Guangdong Province visited London today and staged a seminar that is attended by hundreds of British companies. The delegation is led by the Leader of Guangdong Mr Chunhua Hu who is seen here (left picture) shaking hand with Andrew Dumpsty, Chairman of The Enterprise Forum and asking him “Are you a fan of Guangdong” when he spots an badge of the Guangdong Britain Business Chamber that Mr Dumpsty is wearing. Mr. Greg Hands, MP and just appointed Minister of State for International Trade hours earlier, is seen here with Dr Wu and Mr Dumpsty before he delivers the welcome speech to the 700 audience at Guangdong business seminar.


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Thames Valley Chamber forged new partnership with BCC LinkToChina

Thames Valley – Going Global Launch

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce today launches a brand new initiative to support more of its members in the Thames Valley for global markets. Further to an agreement signed last week between BCC LinkToChina and The Chamber. Dr. Kegang Wu, who is Executive Director of BCC LinkToChina, will work with the Chamber to advise the chamber and its members as the China Market Specialist.

“Both the Thames Valley region and China, particularly Guangdong, have much to offer each other. The China Desk, as a part of the Chamber’s Global Membership, will help businesses in the area to tap into the huge opportunities available in the country through a great group of resourceful partners and services. It is an exciting time ahead. I am delighted to be continuing my long association with chambers of commerce and working closely with global members in this region,” said Dr. Kegang Wu

1705 TVC China Desk – LTC and TVC partnership

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Vice Governor of Guangdong Province visited BCC LinkToChina


A senior government delegation, led by the Vice-governor of Guangdong Province, Mr. Zhongyou He, visited BCC LinkToChina and China Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the UK today and discussed with Dr Kegang Wu the work of Guangdong British trade and investment.

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Doing Business with China (Guangdong) Roundtable

14:00 – 16:30, Monday, 31st October 2016,

Thames Room, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, 150 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough SL1 4SS

A high-level delegation from the Guangdong Government is visiting the UK on the invitation of BCC LinkToChina and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Guangdong and Thames Valley have been working closely over the last few years through the BCC LinkToChina programme. A roundtable meeting will be organised for chamber members and the partners of the LinkToChina programme and other organisations to meet the delegates. The speakers will provide updates on the economic and trade opportunities in the China market, the recent policy changes such as the newly setup Free Trade Areas and how can British regions and companies can work in the Guangdong. The group is also keen to listen to UK companies on their interest in China market, including export to China and engaging with Chinese investors.

Roundtable Programme:

14:00 Opening
14:05 Doing Business in Guangdong – China’s most open economy region Zhaoxian Qiu, Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangdong Committee (including a short video about Guangdong)
14:35 Thames ValleyUK’s Silicon Valley Paul Brittan, Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
14:55 China (Guangdong) Free Trade Areas – the Case Study of Nansha Yuan Yao, Director, CCPIT Nansha, China (Guangdong) Free Trade Areas – Nansha Area (including a short video about Nansha)
15:15 Guangdong and the UK: New Opportunities – updates on recent initiatives. Dr Kegang Wu, Director of BCC LinkToChina and Chief Representative, Guangdong Economic and Trade Office in the United Kingdom
15:40 Questions and Answers
16:15 Networking 16:30 Conclusion

Guangdong Province makes up 10% of China’s GDP and is the international trading hub that channels through one quarter of China’s global import and export. It also has the Chinese Silicon Valley – Shenzhen – arguably and is the largest manufacturing hub in China. It has been a hotbed of doing business with China over the last three decades.

Attending of this roundtable is by invitation only, if you are interested in attending please contact BCC LinkToChina based in Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce on 01753 870 752 on send an request through the contact us page

Due to restriction on places, please only attend if you receive an offer of place after your request.

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