Launch of 2019 British Business Sentiment Survey Results

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  • When:
    Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Where:
    Orchid Chamber, 3/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 上海静安香格里拉大酒店 3楼
    1218 Middle Yan An Road
  • Price:
    Free of charge. Members only.
  • Why does China's domestic slowdown have more of an impact on British business in China than the trade war?
  • How meaningful do you think recent efforts by the government to improve the business environment have been?
  • What does the future look like for your business in China?

The British Business in China: Member Sentiment Survey 2019/2020 is the second public survey of British businesses in China. Over 200 business members of British chambers across China participated in the survey and provided their reflections on their business experience in 2019 and their outlook on 2020.

The 2018/19 Survey showed that the three most critical issues facing British businesses were:

  • Cybersecurity requirements.
  • Intellectual property protection.
  • Licensing restrictions.

What has been improved and what are the top challenges of 2020? Join us, as we analyse the results from this year's edition, as well as hear from an expert panel who will discuss the prospects for British businesses in 2020.


Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks by James Dunn, Head of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

Key findings from the 2019 business sentiment survey. Presentation by St. John Moore, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce in China; Partner & Head of Beijing at Brunswick

Panel Discussion
Ray Chisnall, At-Large Member (Co-opted) of The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai; Asia Pacific Regional Director & Country Manager (China) at Gleeds
St. John Moore, Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce in China; Partner & Head of Beijing at Brunswick
Rebecca Soquier, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York, USA), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


Networking and Event Closes 

Afterwards, members are welcome to join our Christmas Mixer (RSVP required) at The 1515 WEST (4/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai) for further discussion and to enjoy the festive season!

Venue Sponsor

Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

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Speaker Introduction

St. John Moore

Partner & Head of Beijing, Brunswick; Chairman, BritCham China

St. John has over 15 years’ experience in Beijing working with foreign companies operating across China, and Chinese companies going global. He regularly advises on government engagement, public policy issues, market access challenges and cross-border M&A and looks forward to bringing these experiences to the Exco.

Ray Chisnall

Asia Pacific Regional Director & Country Manager (China), Gleeds; At-Large Member (Co-opted), British Chamber Shanghai

In a career spanning 30 years, Ray has lived & worked in China for 19 of them and before Gleeds worked for ABB, Johnson Matthey and ICI. Ray was Chair of the Construction & Property Focus Group for the British Chamber Shanghai; as well as being active with the Manchester China Forum & the Chamber’s Manchester Working Group; he sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus. Ray was co-author of the inaugural Position Paper on behalf of all four British Chambers in China and was part of the London outreach delegation presenting the Paper to the UK government and other stakeholders.

Rebecca Soquier

Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York, USA), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Rebecca works as a senior associate in the dispute resolution team at Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the leading international law firms in Asia. In her work here, she has helped both multinational and local companies in the resolution of large and complex disputes, often times involving their overseas' projects and transactions. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehill's Greater China team in March 2015, she worked for several years in the Middle East where she advised clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including local and international commercial arbitration claims.

Rebecca sits on the Chamber's Executive Committee and is also the Chair of the Chamber's Women in Business Focus Group. 

Event contact

Hilary Wu