The 5th Annual CBBC China Business Conference (2017)





        Morning Session

Time Tuesday, 28 March - 2017
08:30 Registration - Coffee/networking - PICKWICK SUITE

Opening Plenary

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  • Lord Sassoon, Chairman, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
  • A video message from the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
  • A video message from H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK

UK and Chinese Business - A Conversation

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  • Gudjon Reynisson, CEO, Hamleys
  • Andrea Ghizzoni, Director – Europe, WeChat

Moderator James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times


Keynote Speech: Gordon Orr

  • Board Director - Lenovo, Swire
  • Chairman, WestChel & CBBC Board Member
11:15 Coffee/networking - PICKWICK SUITE
11:45 Churchill Auditorium Westminster St James

Building Britain - Prospects for Capital Flows from China

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  • Christopher Walters, Senior Consultant – Development and Regeneration, London & Partners
  • Simon Wilde, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie
  • Nick Ogden, Partner, Head of Client Relationships, Infrastructure, Pinsent Masons
  • Helena Huang, China Economist, China Markets Strategy, ICBC Standard Bank

Moderator Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, CBBC

British brands – Winning China’s Curious New Consumers

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  • Duncan Innes-Ker, Regional Director Asia, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Sohail Shaikh, Managing Director Asia, Mothercare
  • Mark Batty, Head of International Development, Boden
  • Tom Griffiths, Creative Strategy Director, Qumin
  • Leah Zhang, Senior Business Development Manager, Alibaba

Moderator - Jack Porteous, Assistant Director Retail and Consumer, CBBC

Developing your China Market Strategy

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  • Paul Stepanek, President, Complete Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Jeff Astle, Executive Director, China-Britain Business Council
  • Mark Ray,  Director of Consulting, Sovereign Group
  • Simon MacKinnon, Chairman, Sinophi Healthcare 

Moderator - Avi Nagel, China Business Advisor, CBBC


12:45 Lunch/networking - Gielgud, Burton, Olivier & Redgrave Rooms


        Afternoon Session

Time Churchill Auditorium Westminster St James
14:00 Breakout Sessions

Entrepreneurship & Innovation as a Driver of the UK-China Partnership

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  • Simon Bond,  Innovation Director, SETsquared Partnership  
  • Alistair Tebbit, Head of Government Affairs, UK RELX Group
  • Jiang Sunan, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the PRC in the UK
  • Tom Butterworth, Director of Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank (UK)

Moderator: Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard, Director - Education & Innovation, CBBC

The changing taste of China – Digital and Innovation as the New Drivers for Food and Drink Sales

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  • Tim Render, Director - Food and Farming, DEFRA
  • Ed Salt, Managing Director, Delamere Dairy
  • Antoaneta Becker, Director - Food & Drink Sector, CBBC
  • Nick Miles, Head of Asia-Pacific, IGD

Moderator: Claire Urry, Executive Director, CBBC

Practical Guide to Doing Business in China

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  • Pierre Gargatte, Senior Consultant, Koehler Group
  • Peter Heather, Managing Director, Access To China
  • Tim Smith, Executive, Rouse

Moderator - Avi Nagel, China Business Advisor, CBBC

14:50 Break
15:15 Breakout Sessions

Hong Kong - The Creative & Tech Innovation Hub in Asia

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  • Session Leader: David Marsden, Director, UK, Benelux & Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

Priscilla To, Director-General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London) Q&A with Martin Barrow, Director, Matheson and Co. Ltd

Panel chaired by Andrew Davis, Head of Investment Promotion, InvestHK (UK Office)

  • Anton Christodoulou, Global Chief Technology Officer, The Imagination Group Limited
  • Cherriss Firbank, Sales Manager at The Cambridge Satchel Company
  • Louise Leonard, Partner, 1.0 Co Ltd
  • Jane Ollis, Global Director Sales & Marketing, Quvium UK

Closing remarks - Andrew Seaton, Executive Director, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

'Healthy China' – Delivering Integrated Care

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  • Deborah Kobewka, Managing Director, Healthcare UK
  • Emma Sheldon, Group Marketing Director, Vernacare Limited
  • Mike Robson, Health, Social Care & Enterprise Director, Agencia Consulting Ltd
  • Daljit Lally, Deputy Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Richard Lewis, Partner and Healthcare Lead, Ernst & Young LL

Moderator: Chris Cotton, Director, CBBC

China Digital & Ecommerce Workshop

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  • Chris Townsley, Director of Sales, CDNetworks
  • Aman Anand, Co-Founder, Lyla Loves
  • Tom Nixon, Client Services Director, Qumin

Moderator - Mark Hedley, China Business Advisor, CBBC


Closing Plenary

  • Alok Sharma MP, Minister for Asia and the Pacific
  • Stephen Perry, Chairman, The 48 Group Club
  • Gordon Luo, Chief Executive, Huawei UK
  • Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, CBBC
17:00 Networking Reception - Gielgud, Burton, Olivier & Redgrave Rooms
18:00 Close



Themes for the 2017 Conference:

Opening plenary : A new stage in the UK/China relationship

UK-China bilateral trade and investment has never been better, with growth on both sides.  However, it is clear that more can still be done to realise the full and great potential of the relationship, not least given new opportunities following Brexit.

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Building Britain - Prospects for capital flows from China

Investment into the UK has risen sharply in recent years and many regions across the UK are now looking to Chinese investors to address their infrastructure, regeneration and housing needs. Are such expectations reasonable? To what extent can Chinese capital fill the UK’s infrastructure gap? How can the UK make Chinese investors aware of investment opportunities?

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UK and Chinese Companies - A Conversation

UK and Chinese companies have increasingly common goals and aspirations.  This plenary will explore what it’s like for UK companies in China, and for Chinese companies in the UK: what are the opportunities, what are the challenges, what can make it easier and more effective?

The format will be a conversation between a facilitator and representatives from two companies: one British and one Chinese.

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Entering the China Market Workshop

Now more than ever, British companies should be exploring the China market – but there are perceptions that it’s difficult, costly and time-consuming.
China is indeed a complicated market, but there is a huge amount of help available for companies new to the market. 

These workshop sessions will look at the fundamentals of doing business in China, offering practical solutions, and examining real-life case-studies. The workshop will include sessions covering:

  • Developing your China Market Strategy - After several decades of rapid growth, China is now firmly established as the second largest global economy after the US. As the country makes its gradual transition to a consumer-led economy, new opportunities are emerging for UK exporters across a number of different sectors. Gain a better understanding of which sectors and regions offer the best opportunities for British firms. Come here to learn about finding and developing effective partnerships and how to conduct meaningful market research in China.

  • Practical Guide to Doing business in China - China can often seem an unfamiliar and daunting place, especially to companies with limited resources to tackle such a large and complex market. SMEsface a variety of practical challenges including creating the appropriate corporate structure, how to repatriate profits, securing and protecting intellectual property and how best to localise content for the China market.

  • Ecommerce & Digital - China has the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile and Ecommerce markets. However, UK firms face a number of challenges when trying to harness the power of digital in China. Hosting and web performance issues, selecting the right E-Commerce channels, localising content and building a presence on social media platforms (including WeChat) are just some of the many difficulties foreign businesses face when approaching China. Attend this practical workshop for in-depth advice on how to build an effective digital strategy that works for China.

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Healthy China – Delivering Integrated Care

A recent joint report from the Chinese Government, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation recommended that China moves from its current model of hospital-centric healthcare delivery to one that focuses on health outcomes from care for the patient, delivered in the community, providing a cost effective and high quality service.

The healthcare session at the China Business Conference ‎will focus on the outcomes of the recent healthcare mission to China in December 2016 and will highlight the range of opportunities that exist for UK organisations across the integrated health and care sector in China.

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The changing taste of China – Digital and innovation as the new drivers for food and drink sales

China was the fastest growing market for UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports in 2016, with sales up by 51.1% to £439.5 million (according to FDF). Yet the full potential of the opportunity is nowhere near fully exploited. Emphasis on food safety, a desire to buy from trusted sources and interest in healthy foods are driving growing purchases of foreign food and drink products amongst Chinese consumers. The evolution of the retail landscape is also driving sales of food and drink with e-commerce and m-commerce platforms making food and drink products accessible to millions of consumers across China.  This new session at the China Business Conference will explore the future trends for sales of food and drink into China market, potential impact of China’s New Food Safety law and how British companies are working with partners and considering product innovations to remain relevant to Chinese consumers.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation as a driver of the UK-China Partnership

Much happened in 2016 around the overall innovation agenda, including the following milestones: China released its 13th Five Year plan with innovation as a core tenet of the Plan, demonstrated by the subsequent Innovation Driven Development Strategy. In September, the UK was the Country of Honour at the Pujiang Innovation Forum in Shanghai which was attended by Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson who also opened the UK China Innovation is GREAT Showcase in Shanghai. During that event the CBBC Innovation & Joint R&D in China Toolkit was launched.

In December 2016, during the UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue, China and the UK signed an agreement to jointly develop a strategy for future UK-China science and innovation collaboration, which will identify key areas, new models and funding mechanisms for collaboration. Much more happened and we expect increased activity around innovation and entrepreneurship to continue in 2017.

So join us for an exciting session that will explore the latest trends and opportunities on entrepreneurship and innovation!

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British brands – Winning China’s curious new consumers

China’s economic growth rate is higher than 6%, and official policy is pushing for a shift towards increased consumption to drive GDP increases – indeed it is said that consumption is now the greatest driver of growth in China. But who are these new consumers, what do they want, how do they spend, and how do you reach them? As the upper-middle class burgeons over the coming years and we see increasingly savvy consumers, knowing your customer and developing a strong brand impression will be ever-more important as the national economic landscape develops.

The Consumer session at CBC 2017 will focus on understanding where the growth in China will come from, and what can be done to equip British consumer-facing companies with the tools they need to make the most of the opportunity this presents.

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Hong Kong - The Creative & Tech Innovation Hub in Asia

The Hong Kong SAR consists of 7.3 million people and boasts nearly 60 million visitors - 40 million from the mainland - per year.

Internationally Hong Kong is known for its ease of doing business, sound legal environment, and advantageous geographical location. According to the Heritage Foundation Hong Kong has ranked first globally in terms of economic freedom for 23 consecutive years.

In addition to its traditional businesses and industries Hong Kong is now a fast growing tech startup hub, where its core strengths form an ideal basis for a competitive FinTech and IoT (internet of things) ecosystem. Which when coupled with the city’s significant creative and consumer base, it provides a very dynamic location for innovative companies.

The session will provide an overview of the business climate and opportunities in Hong Kong, mainland China and the wider region. In addition to two key note speeches it will feature a panel discussion during which experienced business people will share their experiences of doing business in and via Hong Kong.

What has Hong Kong to offer UK companies? What help is available to do business in and via Hong Kong?

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