Business Delegation 1st - 4th March 2016
A Hezhou Bussiness Delegation lead by Mr Huang Daoming of 14 delegates arrived in Worcester on 1st March. Their visit included:
1. An Inward Investment Day.
They visited 4 key sites in Worcestershire and learnt about the potential for Inward Investment. Those sites included the West Midlands Safari Park, University Park, Worcester 6 and Malvern Hills Science Park.
2. Exhibiting at the Chamber Expo in Malvern.
Mr Huang addressed the Businesses of Herefordshire and Worcestershire at the Business Breakfast after which the delegation exhibited their products at the event.
3. Business to Business Meeting.
Along with the Chamber of Commerce, the Ambassadors organised 36 Business meetings between the Hezhou delegation and Worcestershire Businesses.
A number of potential inward investment opportunities were discussed on the 3 day visit including a potential investment in the new Water Park planned at the Safari Park and the purchase of a unit at Worcester 6.
The Friendship City Agreement between Worcester and Hezhou - What does this entail?
It sets out the areas the 2 cities will work together and co-operate on.
Each City will support businesses to establish links in the UK and China to aid trade.
Grace Pan Ming is now the Head of Tourism for the Guangxi Region which incorporates Hezhou. Hezhou have agreed to translate material from Visit Worcestershire into mandarin and link it to their tourism website. The Chamber of Commerce has agreed to link the English Version of the Hezhou Tourism site to Visit Worcestershire.
There are 2 threads:-
1. Building relationships between the University of Worcester and Hezhou University by organising delegations for
- Student Summer Schools to Worcester (2-3 weeks’ duration)
- A Staff development delegation to Worcester (2-3 weeks’ duration)
- Hezhou Student progression into University of Worcester 'top-up' programmes in Business
- Staff research / PhD study - occasional 3-4 month visits to UK.
2. High School Exchange. The Hezhou Education Bureau are discussing with Worcestershire County Council reciprocal High School Exchanges. The first of these took place in February 2016.
A number of the Chinese business people have expressed a desire to invest in the UK. Through Ambassadors, Gary Rouse of BDO and Andrew Manning- Cox of Gowlings both of whom have offices in Guangzhou, we are investigating how we create appropriate investment structures to facilitate this.
Hezhau High School Exchange 22nd - 26th Febuary 2016
16 high school students from Hezhou were hosted by Worcester City schools. This was the first visit outside of China for the students. As well as spending time in Worcester Schools the students had the chance to sample traditional english cusine and visit key tourist locations in Worcestershire.
Hezhou and Worcester sign Friendship City Agreement at the Guildhall June 2015.
Vice Mayor Zhu Dong brought a delegation of 5 Government Officials and 10 businesses to Worcester.
The Ambassadors organised an Itinerary including a Breakfast Seminar to highlight World Class Worcestershire, a Civic Reception to execute the Friendship City Agreement and in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, 30 Business Meetings with local Worcestershire businesses were organised for the business delegates. In addition, the delegation enjoyed a tour of the counties tourist attractions including the Severn Valley Railway and West Midlands Safari Park.
Trade Delegation to Hezhou and Huizhou November 2014
The second trade visit to China was made up of all the key partners in Worcestershire including Robin Walker MP, Adrian Gregson of Worcester City Council, Simon Geraghty Deputy Leader of Worcestershire County Council, Peter Pawsey Executive Chair of the LEP, Mike Ashton of Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Frankie Tsang of the Worcestershire Chinese Association. The delegation was also joined by Worcestershire businesses. The Delegation visited the cities of Huizho and Hezhou.
Simon Geraghty signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor of Hezhou the next stage in establishing Friendship City status and Hezhou arranged one to one business meetings for the Worcestershire businesses trying to find potential partners for trade.
The Delegation was met by the Mayor of Huizhou. The Worcestershire delegation were able to present their mandarin version of World Class Worcestershire to the City Leadership Team and we learnt more about Huizhou.
This city is more advanced in its development than Hezhou and there are synergies with Worcestershire as it is an area designated by Government for Technology.
Hezhou Delegation return to Worcester July 2013 Letter of Intent Signed for Friendship City Status
The Worcestershire Ambassadors hosted the Hezhou delegation creating a detailed itinerary for them including Factory tours, London Visit (including meeting the 4 Worcestershire MPs in Parliament) and culminating in execution of Letter of Intent for Friendship City Status and a Civic Reception at the Guildhall. Grace Pan Ming was made an honorary member of the Worcestershire Ambassadors.
Building the Business Relationship with Hezhou and Huizhou
Worcestershire Ambassadors Trade Mission to China October 2012
In 2012 Phil Dutton lead the first Worcestershire Ambassadors Trade Mission out to China visiting the cities of Guangzhou, Nanning and Hezhou. The cities were selected as 3 Graduates from University of Worcester had achieved high ranking positions in local government. Guangzhou already had close links with Birmingham and Bristol and had little synergies with Worcestershire.The location identified as having the greatest opportunity for trade was the city of Hezhou. University Graduate Grace Pan Ming had achieved the position of Vice Mayor. Her time in Worcestershire was the happiest of her life and she was keen to develop formal links between Hezhou and the County.
For more information please contact Phil Dutton. firstname.lastname@example.org