Entering the Chinese Market: New Opportunities for Scottish SMEs
Issued: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:01:00 GMT
Date: Monday 30 April 2018
Time: 9.00 am to 4.15 pm - Schedule updated
Venue: Room 368, Gilbert Scott Building, Adam Smith Business School
Category: Entering the Chinese Market: New Opportunities for Scottish SMEs
Audience: Event is open to all University of Glasgow students and staff and external delegates
Admission: Free (lunch provided)
Registration: To register for this event, please visit eventbrite
Sponsorship: This event is sponsored by University of Glasgow, Shenzhen Creative Investment Group (UK) Ltd (SCIG) and Doctorate Association (DA)
The Adam Smith Business School (and its International Business and Enterprise research cluster) was pleased to announce its thematic seminar at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow on Monday April 30, 2018. The theme is “Entering the Chinese Market: New Opportunities for Scottish SMEs".
The UK has one of the world's strongest finance sectors, but it lacks access to the huge and rapidly growing Chinese market. After the Brexit vote and Theresa May’s visit to China, British entrepreneurs are keen to generate more opportunities for UK businesses to reach China's enormous domestic market. On the one hand, China offers an overwhelming number of business opportunities for Scottish firms. However, on the other hand, the rapid technological development and unstable nature of Chinese business will bring about new challenges for UK access to the Chinese market.
This seminar presented speakers with extensive experience in the Sino-UK policy, trade and culture industries who shared their experiences and discussed new opportunities for Scottish SMEs who wished to enter the Chinese market. Additionally, practical advice was provided to overcome the challenges faced of cultural differences and new e-commerce platforms in China.
The seminar featured several keynote speakers who are the authority in the field:
Mr Gordon McGregor is Managing Director of technology business Spot Sensor Technologies Ltd, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has more than two decades of experience working in the energy and utility sector, most recently serving as Environment and Innovation Director at ScottishPower plc (part of the international energy group IBERDROLA) where he led the company’s efforts on environmental management, regulation and R&D for the group.
Mr Xinchun Pan is the Counsel General of the People’s Republic of China in Edinburgh.
Dr Yee Kwan Tang joined the University of Glasgow as Lecturer in Management in 2011. She has over 15 years of postgraduate work experience, with nearly 10 years in areas of project management, financial management, and operational systems design and development in manufacturing and service multinationals. A significant part of her work experience involves business operations in mainland China
Mr Alasdair Gammack is Dean of The Merchant Guildry of Stirling, who also acts as a Director of Creative Stirling. He has provided a supportive and stimulating culture for Chinese students, researchers and entrepreneurs to start new businesses. In partnership with the Student Enterprise Programme the University of Stirling Management School offers a tried, tested and ambitious framework of ideas, facilities, experience and knowledge, as well as conference and administrative amenities.
Dr Jiangtao Ma is the General Manager of Shenzhen Creative Investment Group (UK) Co. Ltd. He plans and executes Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange (ESCE) business activities in UK. He previously worked in the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and Johnson & Johnson. He is also the president of Doctorate Association (DA), which is a global platform for international doctoral students and scholars to integrate and be involved in local community.
Dr Binghua Chen is a PhD research at the Department of Literature and language, University of Stirling.
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