Forum Programme

The programme for the 6th SME China Forum is under development. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Chris Lethbridge.

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From 09.00 Registration & refreshments
From 09.30 Opening Plenary   
  • Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council
  • Ms Bao Ling, Minister Counsellor of the Commercial Section, Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer, Heathrow Airport
Session 1 - Runway to China – strategies and tactics for a soft landing in China.         
As the Chinese economy continues to transform from a construction to consumption led economy, new opportunities for British businesses are developing across a broad range of sectors. However, China remains a challenging market for exporters. Join us as we hear from SME's who have successfully entered the Chinese market and some of the lessons they learnt along the way. Topics explored include: partner selection and due diligence, top tips for success, the types of support available for SMEs and more.

  • Kristina Koehler-Coluccia, Founder, Woodburn Accountants & Advisors 
  • Nick Aston, Chief Enterprise Officer, WorldFirst 
  • Ed Salt, Managing Director, Delamere Dairy
  • Roger Kemp, Chairman, Focus SB
  • Moderator: Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard, Education Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council 
Session 2 - Understanding the Chinese Consumer – a new wave of consumers for UK products        
China’s middle class is projected to exceed 555million people by 2020, with such a large market presenting a clear opportunity for British business. This session will explore the question of what drives Chinese consumption patterns. What is it about British products that appeals to Chinese consumers, and how can SMEs take advantage of this?

  • Allan Boyd, Asia Pacific Business Development Manager, Unipart Group
  • Rahin Kidy, Director of Export Sales, Cofresh Snack Foods
  • Joy Issacs, CEO, ARgENTUM Apothecary
  • Moderator: Jack Porteous, Retail & E-commerce Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council
Session 3 - Innovation and Tech Partnerships – China moving up the value chain        
As China's working population ages, productivity, innovation and efficiency will become increasingly important for China's long term growth. Supported by an ambitious transformation policy Chinese companies are increasingly looking to import technology, and partner with British companies in the high-tech and advanced manufacturing sector. This session will look at the opportunities for the UKs high tech and advanced manufacturing business and how they can leverage China's increasing need for innovative products and solutions.

  • Michael Le Goff, Chairman, Plymouth Science Park 
  • Colin Evans, Managing Director, Thruvision
  • George Frangou, Founder & Executive Chairman, Massive Analytic
  • Greg Sutch, CEO, Intralink Limited 
  • Moderator: Mark Hedley, Technology Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council
From 13.00 Networking Lunch
From 14.15 Digital China – the e-commerce powerhouse    
In 2017, China's online ecommerce sector was worth more than US$1t. China accounts for 42% of global e-commerce, conducts 11 times more mobile payments than the United States per year, and has more ecommerce users than the EU and US combined.
For many SMEs, ecommerce and digital marketing presents an important opportunity, route to market, and opportunity to bypass non-tariff barriers. Join us as we unpack the key elements required for online success in China.

  • Jimmy Robinson, Co-founder and Director, PingPong Digital
  • Tosshan Ramgolam, Brand Advisor, INCOPRO
  • Mark Ray, Managing Director, Sovereign (China) Limited
  • Ian Brooks, Senior Sales Manager, ChinaCache
  • Jamie Fairall, Global APM Product Development, Elavon
One-to-One Meetings
Seek advice on all your China business issues with fast, confidential, 1-2-1 clinics from a range of China business experts. Service providers at the Forum include:
- China Britain Business Council
- Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank
- Unipart (Suzhou) Logistics Co Ltd
- Ping Pong Digital
- Sovereign Group Services Ltd
- Woodburn Accountants & Advisors
- Incopro
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