ACOLINK Ltd has wrapped up the first round of Let’s Do China, a roadshow bringing China opportunities closer to UK businesses.
Stopping in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, this roadshow provided an introduction in a series dedicated to bolstering the Northern Powerhouse to trade internationally. In 2019, Let’s Do China will be expanding on the topics to help businesses boost their export potential.
Let’s Do China’s first round was delivered with support from BQ, Ward Hadaway, and Department for International Trade (DIT).
ACOLINK works alongside UK and China government and the private sector to recognise China export possibilities for British businesses. While delivering the workshop, CEO Anita Zhang shared the benefits of China’s relaxed policies for cross-border e-commerce retail imports - newly announced by Premier Li on 21 November.
The additional measures will further reduce barriers to entry for first-time exporters, whose first imports will be treated under the more relaxed rules for imports of goods for personal use. Consumer limits on the value of export goods they can buy will be raised, the policy will apply to a further 22 cities, and will extend to a further 63 tax categories of high-demand goods.
The Q1 2019 workshops will take a closer look at this new policy, which comes into effect on 1 January 2019, together with exploring some example business cases.
Ken Cuthbert, DIT’s senior regional operations manager for the Northern Powerhouse, highlighted the department’s links with the private sector.
He said: “This is where ACOLINK and Ward Hadaway come in. We take you so far with your export strategy and hand you over to a more expert private organisation. But we’ll still be there for you. We’re always there for businesses.”
Let’s Do China’s interactive sessions offer a fresh approach to trading with China. From an overview of China’s national and international initiatives to provincial perspectives, they help exporters learn about and understand trade developments.
Elaine Chan, a partner in Ward Hadaway’s Commercial Litigation team, highlighted the firm’s international network of support for businesses wanting to go global.
She said: “I think it’s really important to emphasise ACOLINK’s experience with Chinese business. We’re really delighted to be supporting our friends at ACOLINK with their series of seminars on doing business in China.
"As you all know, China is a huge marketplace with enormous potential - and it’s really important to get things right from when you start off. We work closely also with law firms in China and in Hong Kong, specialising in different areas with different properties.”
China’s openness for business has invigorated UK firms with an appetite for exporting. In the long run, Let’s Do China will cover a range of topics to ease exporters' journeys to China. It will cover policies, regulations, taxes, product screening and certifications. In addition, it will help businesses understand customer voices, marketing, social commerce (including WeChat & AliPay), and cultural etiquette.
Let’s Do China joined forces with BQ’s PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards in association with HSBC and the Department for International Trade, and Exporting is GREAT, to bring export opportunities closer to local businesses. Workshops ran in November across the Northern Powerhouse, with more to come throughout 2019 across the UK.
PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, in association with HSBC and the Department for International Trade, seeks to recognise the most entrepreneurial exporters from across the North of England.
For more info visit www.northernexportawards.co.uk.
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