Doors to China open for Yorkshire businesses

Doors to China open for Yorkshire businesses

Links with China have been forged for Yorkshire businesses thanks to a new partnership agreed by Chamber International.

The export specialists have joined up with the British Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China to agree a partnership that will open doors for businesses in Yorkshire to meet potential buyers and customers in that crucial export market.

The Southwest China Chamber has 240 member companies and many more links with local Chinese businesses, organisations and government departments.

Under the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two Chambers agree to provide access for members visiting each other’s area, including the support of staff, and to promote each other’s member companies and publicise trade and investment between the two regions.

Southwest China is one of the fastest growing regions of China, with Chengdu and Chongqing, recording 8.9% and 10.9% growth respectively in 2014, compared to a national average of 7.9%. Chongqing has been the fastest growing city economy in China for the last two years.

Matthew Grandage, Chamber International’s China specialist, paved the way for the partnership during a business trip to Chengdu.

He said: “This new agreement is a great opportunity for businesses in both the UK and Southwest China to forge direct partnerships and strengthen trade.

“We want to show UK businesses that there is far more to China than Beijing and the coastal regions, this area has a population of nearly 200 million people, includes major cities such as Chongqing, Chengdu and Kunming, and has an increasing desire for high quality goods and services.

“It’s great to see how more and more Yorkshire businesses are getting this message and finding new markets in Southwest China.”