UK-China Business Week 2020

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The China-Britain Business Council is delighted to launch UK-China Business Week 2020 – a comprehensive online programme of themed digital events: designed to support UK businesses of all sizes as the UK economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK-China Business Week 2020 will shine a spotlight on China’s economic recovery and call attention to opportunities for UK businesses of all sizes and sectors to re-engage with China. The event programme will highlight the importance of why now more than ever, China remains a vital business proposition for the UK: with thought leaders sharing cutting edge insights into bilateral trade and key members of the UK-China business community sharing macro perspectives and practical advice on doing business in China.
Bringing together dedicated and comprehensive sessions on Macro Economy & Policy, Retail & Consumer, Education & Employability, Tech & Innovation, an SME Salon and perspectives on China’s FDI; UK-China Business Week promises to be an unmissable opportunity for any organisation wishing to proactively seek opportunities within China’s resurgent economy post COVID-19.
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Start date: 15th June 2020; End date: 19th June 2020
Open for: Free to All
Format: Online Series 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

The UK-China Business Week promises to be an unmissable opportunity and an excellent platform for any organisation wishing to proactively engage with the UK-China trade agenda in 2020 and beyond. For more information about Sponsorship Opportunities at the UK-China Business Week 2020, read more or contact

This unique event programme will take place online from 15th-19th June 2020. Sessions will be held over five consecutive days addressing the primary areas of concern for businesses with existing or aspirational engagement with China. Registered attendees will be able to access the full event programme or select sessions according to your interests.
* Programme under development and subject to change. Speakers TBC and further announcements will be made in due course. 
Day 1 
Monday 15th June

UK and China: building business bonds for the future
9am BST / 4pm CST

Having officially left the EU, the UK is now looking to new international opportunities, under the banner of ‘Global Britain’ – and it’s clear that China is one of the key focus markets for UK business.  China is already the UK’s fourth largest trading partner, but with increasingly challenging global market conditions, and with China’s continued policy and regulatory reform, where is the UK-China economic relationship headed over the next five years and beyond?
A scene-setting session which presents opportunities and challenges from a UK and Chinese government perspective.
Day 2
Tuesday 16th June

The female face of Chinese consumer power: understanding the female economy in Post COVID-19 Era
9am BST/4pm CST

China has 400 million female consumers aged 20 to 60-years old. They represent £10 trillion spending power a year.  The growing ranks of affluent and independent women are making purchasing decisions to reflect their personality and identity. Brands, especially in fashion, beauty, health and wellness sectors, are responding and capitalising on the trend by transforming their approaches to this economy power group. 
This session will address the role and influence of the Chinese female consumer in a post-Covid era.


Going Digital: The next frontier for UK Cultural Institutions  
11am BST/6pm CST

The digital economy provides an important platform for cultural institutions looking to engage with Chinese consumers. With the world in lockdown, cultural institutions in both the UK and China are forced to adapt their virtual and online offerings, embracing everything from online collections and virtual exhibitions, to live streaming and collaborations.  This session will explore:
  • How institutions are innovating during the global lockdown;
  • Social Media as a long-term strategic tool for cultural institutions;
  • Lessons we can learn from China on the path to reopening and recovery;
  • Post pandemic digital opportunities for the industry.  
Day 3
Wednesday 17th June


China’s regional dynamics: emerging opportunities for international graduates

9am BST/4pm CST

Our international panel of speakers will discuss their views on the future of graduate employability and discuss potential changes to the global labour market in a post-COVID-19 era.
The session will explore the following themes and topics:

  • What are the skills needed by the global labour market and how are these likely to change in light of current and future economic and political policy shifts; how can universities keep up with these changes?
  • What do employers think about their current talent strategies and will these need to be adapted to achieve advancement in the market?
  • What are the challenges and mechanisms to support the global mobility of international talents?
  • What is the outlook for the most dynamic areas in China such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Greater Bay Area?
  • What are the emerging opportunities and where are they located?

11am BST/6pm CST

UK-China Tech Forum: re-imagining the UK-China tech relationship in the post-COVID era
Recently, we examined the impact of COVID-19 on China’s tech sector, and Chinese and UK tech firms have responded to the crisis. Building on this theme, we will explore the opportunities to accelerate two-way trade and investment for technology businesses in the post-COVID world.
The session will explore the following themes and topics:

  • What will the main opportunities and challenges in the medium-term for UK-based technology exporters?
  • Which sectors offer the greatest opportunities for two-way trade and investment?
  • What trends are expected to emerge in Chinese tech investment into the UK?
  • What opportunities are there for UK-based start-ups and scale-ups work with Chinese investors?
  • How will growing geo-political tensions impact UK-China tech sector collaboration?
  • How is market access changing in both markets, and what practical steps can tech companies take to circumvent these barriers.
  • How can companies connect, network and communicate with partners and investor effectively in a post-Covid world.
Day 4
Thursday 18th June

China Supply Chain – Managing Current Challenges and Beyond

9am BST/4pm CST

Covid-19 has caused widespread disruption and exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains not only in China, but across the world. Change might be inevitable, so how are companies responding to mitigate risk and ensure the resilience of their supply chains in the future.
Join our panel of experts as we discuss the following topics, as well as answering your questions.

  • China’s emergence from Covid-19 lockdown, how supply chains have been impacted and the challenges currently faced by UK businesses such as increased volatility, new regulations for operations and logistical bottlenecks.
  • Implications for strategy and how supply chains need to be changed to build in value, visibility, agility and resilience
  • Practical advice on effectively communicating and managing relationships with Chinese suppliers and manufacturers in these uncertain times.
  • A look into the medium and long-term future of China in the supply chain: key considerations for companies wanting to understand trends, potential risks and opportunities.
Realising the China opportunity from a distance: finding clients and partners  
11am BST/6pm CST

In the current situation, dealing with the Covid-19 situation and with travel restrictions likely to be in place for some time, this session looks at how this will impact the way in which companies go about finding clients and partners in China in the future.  In particular we will be considering any immediate changes but also expectations for different approaches over the longer term.
We will be joined by leaders with experience of the market, from various sectors and seeking their views on a number of aspects. We look forward to them sharing how they have approached the market in the past and what they would expect to do differently, now and in the future.
  • What have been the typical routes to markets?
  • Which have been most effective?
  • How does the current situation affect these routes?
  • What can be done differently to overcome current restrictions?
  • What lasting changes are anticipated in approach over the long term?
Day 5
Friday 19th June

The UK pitch: how to present the UK to a Chinese investor from a national strategy to regional implementation
9am BST/4pm CST

According to the Rhodium Group, the UK is the number one destination for Chinese investment across Europe. What are the national policies being pursued by the government and how are regional leaders working to implement those strategies? Hear from leaders in government about such topics as:
  • How national investment strategies relate to regional ones and how municipalities and project owners can use those strategies to shape a message?
  • How regional delegations are received in China, and how companies can build on those visits to create meaningful partnerships?
  • What incentives are in place for foreign firms to setup in the UK?
  • How to encourage Chinese firms to think beyond London?
  • From a Chinese perspective are we getting it right?
What excites Chinese investors

11am BST/6pm CST

The UK boasts 13,000 companies that are part of a China-owned corporate or are majority held by a Chinese national. What are the driving factors that led so many Chinese companies and so much capital to the UK? How can we better understand how Chinese investors think about foreign deals and create a narrative that captures their attention? 
  • What are the current trends in Chinese investment to the UK?
  • What are the sectors or IP that are in the most demand?
  • Get the perspective of a Chinese company investing into Europe, learn what they are they looking for in opportunities and what gets their attention.
  • Hear from a UK firm that was acquired or received funding from China, to learn how it happened and what integration actually looks like.
  • How to sell to a Chinese investor? What are the common mistakes firms make seeking Chinese capital?
  • What to expect from the Chinese investment community in light of current market conditions?
Confirmed Speakers

Elsa Hu, Executive Director, GP Bullhound​

Elsa is an Executive Director at GP Bullhound. Based in Hong Kong, and with more than 14 years of cross-border and cross-market M&A and capital market experience, Elsa is expanding the firm’s Asia and especially China outreach.

Before joining GP Bullhound, Elsa led the cross-border M&A effort at China Renaissance, where she brought together high quality overseas internet, media and technology startups and Chinese strategic and financial investors in over 12 transactions totaling $6bn. Before China Renaissance, Elsa worked at HSBC in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Lazard in Beijing, and Goldman Sachs in New York.

Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics from Mount Holyoke College (magna cum laude).​

Graham Griffiths, Chief Business Officer, Vaccitech

Graham joined Vaccitech as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. Previously he was COO and co-founder of Agalimmune Limited, a clinical stage Biotech developing directly administered immunotherapies for oncology indications. Graham qualified as a solicitor in London in 2005, before moving to co-found technology company MET, which was subsequently sold to a group of private investors. He was an investment fund manager at Matrix Securities and then worked for 9 years as an operator and investor to develop a portfolio of life sciences companies held by Animatrix Capital LLP. Graham’s focus has been on operating and developing early stage products and companies targeting the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. One of these was Agalimmune, where Graham led the licensing, funding and development of a novel cancer immunotherapy and played a lead role in the company’s successful sale to NASDAQ-listed BioLineRx in 2017. Graham holds a BA Hons degree in Law with French from Newcastle University.


Confirmed Speakers

Day 5: What excites Chinese investors