The Partnership, which began in 1998, is now helping South West businesses forge links with China and is assisting Chinese businesses that want to bring their products and services to the UK.
Dianne Francombe, Chief Executive of the newly-formed company, explained: “We have incorporated to enable us to expand activities to cover the whole of the South West and to bring together a team of business professionals to make the most of links between the region and China.
“The Partnership was originally set up by local business people and Bristol City Council in 1998 to forge links with China. That led to the signing of a sister city agreement with Guangzhou in 2001.
“Since then there have been huge progress in building understanding and many important business and educational links have been made. China is the world’s second largest economy and holds huge potential for the region.
“We have a very active and successful Chinese community in the South West and many Chinese students at the region’s universities and we are building on these links to benefit all.”
Bristol-based co-founder of the Partnership and businessman Wallace Kwong remains as Chairman of the partnership with a team of business people making up the directors. Paul Hardman Partner of Bristol law firm of Gregg Latchams becomes Company Secretary and six prominent business people have joined as directors with responsibilities for six areas of the business.
They are Richard Lowe, Managing Director of HR Training Solutions, who is Director of Business Initiatives; Tony Prescott, who has retired from his role at Bristol University is Director of Culture and Community Initiatives; Wang Lei, President of Bristol Chinese Students and Scholars Association, who is Director of China Affairs; Phil Joannou, a building and construction consultant is Director of Education; Eric Dolling, who worked in education in Bristol and China is Finance Director and Martin Powell, Managing Director of Empica public relations agency is Director of PR and Marketing.
Bristol’s Lord Mayor and the Mayor of Guangzhou and Secretary General of Guangzhou hold honorary positions within the organisations.
Bristol China Partnership led a Bristol delegation to China last year and intends a repeat visit later this year opening up opportunities for businesses from throughout the South West.
Further information can be found at www.bristol-china-partnership.com.
Issued on behalf of Bristol China Partnership by Empica. For further information contact Martin Powell (01275) 394400.