Yorkshire firm secures business on PM’s China visit

Yorkshire firm secures business on PM’s China visit

ConnectChina has reported a number of new leads from CEOs of leading Chinese companies following a three-day trade delegation alongside the Prime Minister.

The Huddersfield-based international business consultancy was one of many UK businesses that joined the Prime Minister on her trip.

During the visit, which took place from 30th January to 2nd February, Theresa May announced around £9 billion of new deals for British companies.

With UK exports to China seeing a 60% growth since 2010, according to the Home Office, trade is already at record levels.

The visit aimed to develop existing commercial partnerships while supporting the delegation to take advantage of the trade opportunities available in China.

ConnectChina was selected by the Department for International Trade to join the PM and a multi-sector delegation of more than 40 businesses from across the UK on the visit to China.

Their invitation was a direct result of a recent contract win with Yunnan Investment Bureau, which will see ConnectChina work with UK companies on cooperation and investment opportunities in Yunnan Province in South West China.

The new contract has required the company to expand their team to meet the requirements of their growing client base.

Joanna Lavan, managing director of ConnectChina, said: “Having been a part of the PM’s delegation to China, we are delighted with the opportunities that have arisen; the visit has raised our profile in both the UK and China and the credibility it has given us is invaluable.”

“During the visit, we attended high profile business events in Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai, in which we were introduced to a number of CEOs from leading companies and has resulted in a number of new business leads.”

“In addition to the contacts we were able to establish during the visit, we also had a great opportunity to interact with other business delegates which we hope will lead to further business.”

ConnectChina was established in 2004 and has offices in Huddersfield and Shanghai.

It specialises in providing business support services to help both public and private sectors in the UK & overseas develop trade and investment opportunities with China.