Andrew Seaton, CBBC Chief Executive, said:

“Restoring economic growth is at the top of the UK political agenda. Exports are a key driver of that growth. The latest trade figures show the importance to the UK economy of our exports to China.

Despite political headwinds, both countries recognise the importance of a mutually beneficial trading relationship.

We’ve already seen a jump in Chinese consumption after restrictions were lifted at the end of last year. We expect this trend to continue as business travel returns to normal.

Demand for quality British goods and services from China’s 400 million middle-class consumers presents a key opportunity for UK companies looking for new international markets and business growth.

Taking full advantage of this is vital for UK growth and prosperity. There is no way to build global trading Britain without a sensible and healthy trading relationship with the world’s second biggest economy.”

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The China-Britain Business Council and its members:

CBBC is the UK’s leading business network supporting trade, education, and investment links with China. Our membership includes over 400 UK businesses and universities.

Since 1954 we have acted as the independent voice of business, and past Chairs include Lord Powell, former foreign affairs advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Sir David Brewer, former Lord Mayor of the City of London. The current Chair is Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles. Lord Sassoon is President.

Members include some of the most recognisable British businesses such as abrdn, Arup, Atkins, BP, Diageo, EY, HSBC, IHG Hotels and Resorts, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Legal & General, PwC, Reckitt, Rio Tinto, Smith+Nephew, and Standard Chartered.


Kenrick Davis, Senior China Policy Analyst at the China-Britain Business Council