UKTI boss hails China matchmaking

Clive Drinkwater
Clive Drinkwater
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Businesses in Lancashire are being encouraged to attend a business match-making event hosted by UK Trade & Investment and Bank of China.

The China-UK SME Business Match-Making Event, held in Manchester on October 23, will enable businesses to meet new contacts courtesy of Bank of China, who will find suitable companies for UK SMEs to work with from its extensive customer network of over 10,000 branches and 60,000 customers.

The event, being held in the UK for the first time, will allow businesses to explore potential new markets and discover how to sell products and services into China. Representatives from Bank of China will also provide insights into how to find distributors or business partners.

Key sectors being targeted include food and drink, healthcare and medical, retail and consumer, clothing, aerospace and renewable energy.

Interested SMEs need to register interest now by completing a match-making form (downloadable from Bank of China will then match companies to potential partners in China, flying in the Chinese businesses to Manchester to meet UK matches at the event.

Clive Drinkwater, regional director, UKTI North West, said: “China is a huge and expanding market for UK businesses. UK exports have increased by over 37 per cent in the last two years and we are determined for that figure to increase. This match-making event is an excellent opportunity for UK and Chinese businesses to share industry insights, discuss market developments, break down trade barriers and develop relationships.”