Chinese delegates welcomed to BracknellBy Becky Barnes
September 24, 2012
Chinese businessmen and women toured Bracknell Forest as part of an event aiming to bring an Eastern business boost to Berkshire.
Fifty delegates attended a two-day conference on Monday and Tuesday, which included a tour of Wellington College, Crowthorne, a visit to Ascot Racecourse and a Chinese banquet in Slough.
Victor Nicholls, assistant chief executive of Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We’re really excited about the whole trip – we have got great responses from the Chinese. I think they have liked what they have seen and they have seen the borough as having real potential. It’s all about helping our businesses locally do really well.”
The event was organised by Bracknell Forest Council in partnership with LinkToChina in a bid to match-make Thames Valley businesses with Chinese delegates.
It is hoped the visitors who are experts in areas such as ICT, pharmaceuticals, construction and investment will develop relationships with like-minded businesses in the UK.
One of the organisers Jia Hui, deputy director-general for the China Council for the promotion of international trade (CCPIT), said he was delighted to have the opportunity to bring so many high-powered Chinese business people together with Berkshire businesses.
He said he thought Bracknell Forest was beautiful and liked the trees.
A Chinese buffet, translators and parts of the business trip were organised by Lily Yuan Li, director of Prospect Chinese Services.
For further information visit www.prospectchinese.com or call 0845 287 5582.
Twenty delegates visited the world-renowned Wellington College, in Dukes Ride, on Tuesday and were able to sample Mandarin lessons at the £500,000 Chinese culture centre, which was opened by the Chinese Ambassador, his excellency Liu Xiaoming, in June.
David Wilson, international academic advisor at Wellington College, said: “We have strong connections with China – we opened a school in Tianjin near Beijing in August 2011 and are due to open a school in Shanghai in September 2014.
“It’s great for the delegates to see what Bracknell Forest has to offer – it has gone very well – everyone seems to be very happy.”
The delegates also visited Maxis, a new eight-acre office campus development overlooking Farleymoor Lake.
The business people were assisted by translators and had the chance to exchange gifts with representatives from Bracknell Forest Council.
Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councillor Jennie McCracken said: “These two days have been absolutely wonderful we are very honoured these charming people have chosen us to be part of their visit.
“We hope they will like us enough to eventually bring business our way as it will be a great boost for Bracknell Forest.”
LinkToChina is a partnership project between the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
For a video of the delegates visit go to www.getbracknell.co.uk.