The Business Environment and Market Access (BEMA) Initiative Overview

Published on 2018-07-11

This paper gives an overview of the first year of the BEMA initiative, showing the results of the BEMA survey, along with the key points from the completed sector reports.

1530524926282169.jpgThe Business Environment and Market Access (BEMA) initiative was launched by British business organisations in November 2017, with the objective to understand the major issues faced by British business and provide recommendations to the UK government on what changes they could push for that would improve the ability of UK firms to successfully conduct business in China.

The BEMA initiative was led by the British Chamber of Commerce in China (BCCC), and together with the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and the British Chambers of Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangdong, following consultation with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The key aims of the BEMA initiative were set out as follows:

  • To provide a channel to represent the views and experiences of members into UK and Chinese policy-makers and regulators.
  • To help identify and prioritise policy and regulatory issues or developments with the greatest potential to benefit UK businesses seeking to invest into, enter, or grow their business in and with China, and vice-versa.
  • To provide a mechanism to advise the DIT on impact and risks related to changes to the business landscape in China.
  • To communicate & provide feedback to members.

A paper, which can be downloaded at the end of this article, gives an overview of the first year of the BEMA initiative, showing the results of the survey, along with the key points from the completed sector reports. In this paper, you will read about:

The BEMA Survey 2018 

  • Survey respondents 
  • Business sentiment 
  • Brexit 
  • Business environment and market access issues

Summary of Sector Specific Findings

  • Automotive
  • Built Environment Services
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Legal