China-Britain Business Council brings SME China Forum to the South West

The annual SME China Forum will take place in Bristol on 26th September 2017, an event which will see delegations from China meeting with British companies.

The SME China Forum 2017 - 26 September
Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Rd, Bristol, BS3 2EJ

This is a unique, national event designed to assist UK SMEs expand their business in the China market. In 2016 it attracted over 250 participants, including a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Governor of Shandong featuring representatives from over 40 Chinese companies across a variety of sectors. Previously held in Manchester (2013), Birmingham (2014), Nottingham (2015) and Glasgow (2016) the event will comes to the South West for the first time.

Now in its fifth year, the SME China Forum will be held at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol on 26 September 2017. As the leading event for UK SMEs looking to expand their business in the China market, attendees will learn from experts across a range of key issues, including developing a China market entry strategy, opportunities in the Chinese consumer market and creative industries, and partnerships in innovation, technology & investment.

The SME Forum will also include further sponsor breakout sessions, 1-2-1 meetings and networking opportunities with visiting delegations.Alongside networking, presentations and 1-to-1 meetings the event will host the first round of an innovation and entrepreneurship competition, with finals to be held in Guangzhou, China later in the year. Prizes of up to USD100,000 are on offer for the winners, plus the chance to travel to China to pitch to a number of leading VCs & technology investors. The organisers would welcome applications from UK start-ups/entrepreneurs in the areas of: new energy, agriculture technology, environmental technologies, new materials, robotics/AI, biomedicine, internet & big data.

Mark Hedley of the China-Britain Business Council describes the event as “an opportunity for innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs to get some visibility in China and to engage with potential Chinese investors/partners. There is also specific support for companies in the manufacturing & healthcare sectors who can attend specific sessions organised by Business West to prepare for business in China.” To find out more including the full agenda and workshop content please visit the CBBC event page.