Forum Programme

The programme for the 6th SME China Forum is under development. Please see the outline below. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Alex Makino-Farrell.

The SME Forum 2019 Programme
0930 – 1000 Opening Plenary
1000 – 1100 Panel discussion 1         
  Session 1:

‘China – new export horizons?’    
An in-depth look at the China opportunity for UK SMEs
After several decades of rapid growth, China is rebalancing its economy and targeting sustainable development. Ambitious plans to reform manufacturing, improve the environment and raise living standards are all key drivers that map directly to UK strengths. Join us as our experts go behind the headline stories to discuss China today, the opportunities that exist for SMEs and why the world’s second largest economy cannot be ignored.
Moderator: Jeff Astle, Managing Director - China Operations, CBBC
  • Wu Chen, Public Affairs Senior Director, Fosun
  • David Pilsbury Pro Vice-Chancellor & CBBC Board Member, Coventry University
  • Matthew Kong, Head of International Business,Talent Spot
  • TBC
1100 – 1130 Coffee/networking
1130 – 1230 Panel discussion 2     
  Session 2:

‘Been there, done that’    
SME insight on doing business in China
China remains a challenging market for exporters and there are definite do’s and don’ts to be mindful of. This session we hear from SMEs who have successfully entered the Chinese market, the lessons they have learnt along the way and how it has changed their businesses/affected their bottom line. Topics explored include: partner selection and due diligence, top tips for success, the types of support available for SMEs and more.  
Moderator: Stewart Ferguson/ David Gregory, CBBC
  • Mussa Mahomed, Group CEO, Nylacast
  • Douglas Gray, Sales Director, Natgraph
  • Steve Rowley, Sales and Marketing Director, Royal Crown Derby
  • TBC
1230 – 1330 Lunch/networking
1330 – 1525 ‘China Gateway’ presentations One-to-One Meetings
Essential information you need to know in order to succeed in China.  Hear practical guidance straight from the experts, with clear take-aways that will help your organisation.
Seek advice on all your China business issues with fast, confidential, 1-2-1 clinics from a range of China business experts.
1525 – 1530 Close