Minister for Trade and Export Promotion Listens to the Voice of British Businesses in China

Published on 2017-11-08

On Monday, 6 November, more than 50 British Chamber Shanghai business members attended an exclusive lunch with Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion.

Also in attendance were Dame Barbara Woodward, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Richard Burn, Director General China, Department for International Trade (DIT), and John Edwards, British Consul General Shanghai. The lunch was held at the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong.



As newly appointed Minister for Trade Promotion and Export, Baroness Fairhead chose China as her first foreign visit. The visit is to grow bilateral trade and investment between the UK and China, as well as to start a conversation with the British businesses operating here in China.



During the lunch, Baroness Fairhead moved between tables to listen to the voice of British company representatives, understanding their businesses in China and collecting feedback on how DIT can provide better support.

On the Minister’s visit to China, Baroness Fairhead is also joined by Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth. The Ministers have led a 100 strong business delegation to represent Britain at the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) 2017, where the UK has been named ‘Country of Honour’.