British Chambers of Commerce in China 'Door Knock' Outreach in London

Published on 2019-05-22

Since the launch of the Position Paper 2019 last week, the British chambers of commerce in China kicked off its first ever ‘door knock’ outreach to London on Monday 13 May.

This is the first ever delegation to London presenting the inaugural Position Paper that represents the united voice of British business in China. The main purpose of the British chambers’ visit is to inform British politicians, officials and business organisations on the issues impacting the operations of UK companies in China and the opportunities for the UK post-Brexit.

Day 1

(British Chambers' outreach delegation at the British Chambers of Commerce in London)

The door knock began with a launch event hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) based in London. Director General of BCC, Adam Marshall announced that the China chambers are now “official international affiliates linking into the UK national network as well as the global BCC network”. This is an exciting milestone for UK-China member interconnectivity.

The delegation then moved to the Houses of Parliament, where we met with officials from the All Party Parliamentary China Group. Nicholas Holt, Chairman of BritCham China, presented the Position Paper 2019 along with several of our delegation members, which was met with a warm reception from Richard Graham MP. He welcomed future discourse and looked forward to the Paper feeding into the upcoming Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) taking place in June.

(Outreach delegation presenting to All Party Parliamentary China Group)

Day 2

On day two of our London outreach we presented to various UK business organisations, and Tom Tugenhat MP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. We discussed UK-China relations past, present and future, as well as the perspective of UK businesses doing business in China. The delegation presented the challenges British businesses face in China, and called for greater engagement, understanding and collaboration between the UK and China governments.

(Meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee)

(Meeting with Confederation of British Industry)

Day 3

Our door knock outreach continued on Wednesday as the business delegation held meetings with the International Trade Committee, HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade (DIT). In speaking with Members of Parliament and senior government officials, the delegation presented the key recommendations from the Position Paper 2019 to improve the business environment for British firms in China, while also highlighting the ways in which UK businesses are well-placed to compliment China’s economic development.

day 3 

(Meeting with International Trade Committee)

DIT/ HM Treasury

(Meeting with DIT and HM Treasury)

Day 4

Day 4 of BritCham’s outreach began with a meeting at the Chinese Embassy in the UK where the delegation presented the Position Paper’s key findings to Minister Counsellor Madam Bao. The discussion focused on the business environment both for UK firms operating in China, and Chinese ones operating in the UK. Madam Bao expressed her support for further collaboration and strengthening of the relationship between the British chambers in China and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce based in London. This was followed by another meeting with the Institute of Directors, who found the Position Paper 2019 particularly relevant for their members as they increasingly look to export goods and services to China.

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(The delegation at the Chinese Embassy in London)

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(Meeting with Institute of Directors)

The final stop of the 'door knock' journey was a visit to the Bank of China in London, where the delegation met with Mr. Fang, who is Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the UK as well as President of the Bank of China in the UK. Both parties looked at ways to increase collaboration, including the potential set-up of roundtable meetings between two chambers around the construction and real estate industries, which has been facilitated by the recent MOU signed between DIT and MOHURD on increasing market access in licencing.

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(Meeting with Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Bank of China) 

Please click here to download a digital copy of the Position Paper 2019.