Conference Programme

Morning Session

Time Wednesday, 14 March - 2018
09.30 Registration - Coffee and Networking

Opening Plenary - China and the UK: A relationship for the New Era

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  • Lord Sassoon, Chairman, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
  • Video message from the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
  • H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK
  • Yu Yuantang, Deputy Director General - Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, People's Republic of China
10.30 Coffee and Networking
CIIE Session - St. James Suite 
11.15 Mark Field, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
11.30 Churchill Auditorium Westminster

Belt & Road: Project of the Century

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  • Chris Davies, CEO of Europe International, HSBC 
  • Huabin Wang, Deputy General Manager, Bank of China London
  • Priscilla To, Director General, HKETO
  • Richard Gurney, CEO Construction Division, JLT
  • Carl Miao, Senior Partner, AllBright Law Offices
  • Douglas Flint, Chancellor’s City Envoy to the Belt and Road Initiative

Chair:  Peter Budd CBE, Consultant, Arup

Selling Services in China

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  • John Simpson, CEO, RSL Awards 
  • Gavin Biggs, International Development Manager, Gaia Technologies
  • Emma Goodwin, CEO, WCBS
  • Matthew Kong, Head of International Business, Talent Spot 
  • Melody Yeh, Planning Director, Emerging Communications ​

Chair: Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard, Director Education and Innovation, CBBC

12.45 Keynote Address - Douglas Flint, Chancellor’s City Envoy to the Belt and Road Initiative
13.00 Lunch and Networking


        Afternoon Session

Time St. James Suite




Investor Matchmaking

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  Churchill Auditorium Westminster
14.00 Breakout Sessions

Future Cities - The Chinese Dream

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  • Zhang Jian. Chairman, China Real Estate Club
  • Jo Baker, Development Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Xuan Jin, Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud International
  • Barry Hembling, Partner, Fladgate LLP
  • Dan Vahdat, CEO, Medopad Ltd

Chair: Dr Wei Yang, Managing Director and Founder, Weiyang + Partners

Building Chinese Government Relations

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  • Katie Lee, Chief Operating Officer, Ensis Strategic
  • John McLean OBE, Chairman, China Resolutions
  • Mark Pinner, Managing Partner, Interel Group
  • Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Chinese Embassy in the UK

Chair: Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, CBBC

15.15 Break
15.45 Breakout Sessions

 The Chinese Consumer

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  • Yimei McCabe, Founder, The British House, Beijing 
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP (video pre-record)
  • Chris Joll, Head of Sales, Freshways 
  • Paul Tyce, Head of UK Office, VIP Shop (China) Co. Ltd
  • James Hebbert, Managing Director, Hylink Digital Solutions UK
Chair: Jack Porteous, Retail Sector Lead (UK), CBBC

Getting Goods to China

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  • Rosanna Choi, Founding Partner, CW CPA 
  • Lilly Liu, Head of Government Affairs, CCIC London
  • Nichola Silveira, ‎General Manager Logistics, DP World
  • Gary Wilcox, CEO, JAG UFS
  • Zhang Ting, Founder & CEO,
  • Kristina Coluccia, Director, Woodburn Accountants & Advisors

Chair: Alex Makino-Farrell, China Business Advisor, CBBC


Closing Session

  • Lord Sassoon, Chairman, CBBC
  • Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State, Department for International Trade
  • Stephen Perry, Chairman, The 48 Group Club
  • Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, CBBC
17.00 Networking Reception
18.00 Close

Session Introductions

Themes for the 2018 Conference:

Plenary session – China and the UK: A relationship for the New Era

The 19th Party Congress has set the scene for China’s direction and focus for future development, with the aim of creating a ‘prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful’ country by the middle of this century.
With China’s increasingly international role and the UK’s focus on opportunities beyond Europe, what are the implications for bilateral relations – and what are the consequences for business?

This plenary session will set the scene for subsequent in-depth thematic sessions, will explore three areas where the UK has a strong offer to China:
- ‘Future Cities – the China Dream’
- The Belt & Road Initiative
- The Chinese Consumer

Belt and Road - Project of the Century

Described by President Xi as the ‘project of the century’, the Belt and Road Initiative is now gathering momentum as driver of global economic growth. $50 billion has already been invested into BRI projects to date, across a wide range of infrastructure projects throughout region.

Rising consumption amongst an emerging middle class is helping to drive demand for a wide range of products and services, from healthcare to financial services. The UK is uniquely well-positioned to partner with China on BRI projects, especially in terms of our world-leading expertise in financial, legal, technical and professional services. This panel session will examine the opportunities for UK-China collaboration, the principal challenges, and how UK businesses can best capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Selling Services in China

This year the UK will export almost £3.5 billion of services to China. In areas like travel, business and financial services and education not only does the country run a significant trade surplus with China, but opportunities in these sectors grow more every year. Learn some of the techniques that service companies have used to enter and build their business in China.

Future Cities - The Chinese Dream

At the recent 19th Party Congress President Xi Jinping emphasised the need for reform to protect the environment and to engender a more ecologically conscious model for national development. Following President Xi’s call to action, a new paradigm is upon us with a focus on urban regeneration, green technology innovation, environmental safeguarding and eco-friendly services as levers for a new model of urban planning and industrialisation.

In this panel, the speakers will bring practical experiences and insights to the challenge of  delivering an integrated approach to solve the challenges of future cities in China covering issues of planning, technology, energy saving and low carbon design.

Building Chinese Government Relations

Developing long term relationships with the Chinese government can be the key to getting local support for a project in China. For most companies new to China they have no idea where to start. Come to hear from professionals with experience in government relations and learn about how to meaningfully engage with China’s government.

The Chinese Consumer

According to the China National Bureau of Statistics consumption accounted for 64.6% of the country's total 2016 GDP growth. With import tariffs falling and trade barriers being slowly dismantled, Chinese Consumers are increasingly at the heart of Western brands' growth strategies across all sectors - from healthcare and education, to retail, entertainment and food and drink. Indeed McKinsey reported that Chinese consumers of luxury goods are increasingly sophisticated, and will by 2025 make up 44% of total global luxury purchases volume. Meanwhile, competition from home grown brands is intensifying - WPP and Kantar Millward's BrandZ report noted that negative perceptions of Chinese brands are declining, product quality has improved, and Chinese brands can be nimble and quick to adapt. Join us at this panel to hear from experts from across the sectors most affected, and how they put the consumer at the heart of their growth strategies.

Getting Goods to China

China offers tremendous opportunity for British brands and products, but what are the practicalities of shipping my goods to market? Joined by leaders in the logistics and trade industry, this session will discuss the various and best ways to export to China. Topics covered will include common mistakes when exporting, optimising multi-modal solutions including the freight train to send goods to China and the benefits of fulfilment centres located in Free Trade Zones.