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Event on: 28 Jun

Date: 28 Jun

Time: 5:00pm — 7:45pm

In a series of recent high-level visits, the UK and China entered a new “Golden Era”. Leeds City Region is keen to see tangible benefits for businesses in our region from this reinvigorated bi-lateral relationship, and so our latest events bring you access to experts working with and in China to inform your own business strategy and operations. There will be short presentations and a question and answer session, as well as networking over light refreshments. Make sure the Year of the Monkey makes a difference to your business relationships with China and register to secure your place at this informative event.

DATE: Tuesday 28th June 2016

TIME: 17:00 - 19:30

VENUE: The Rose Bowl 408, Portland Way, Leeds Beckett University

PRICE: £15 - To purchase tickets online please click here

PROGRAMME

17:00 REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS

17:30 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKSANDREW DISBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE, LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

17:45 PANEL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION CHAIRED BY ANDREW DISBURY AND FEATURING:

BRUCE PERCY - MANAGING DIRECTOR, SAMPLERITE

Bruce was responsible for setting up SampleRite’s sampling facility in Qingdao in 2011 to meet the scale and continued growth of the Chemical industry in China. The Qingdao facility mirrors the UK site and offers a fully legal alternative to existing practices and in the process deliver a unique business model to worldwide chemical companies based in China.

JON GELDART - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARKETS DEVELOPMENT (GREATER CHINA), GRANT THORNTON INTERNATIONAL

Jon is in charge of strategic markets development of Grant Thornton (Zhi Tong) China and is responsible for advising leadership on the development of inbound and outbound work flow. Author of ‘Notes from a Beijing Coffee Shop’ and ‘The Thoughts of Chairmen Now’ which share insights into modern day China through a series of real life personal stories.

NACRESSA SWAN - SERIES PRODUCER, MERIDIAN LINE FILMS

Nacressa is a producer with over 10 years’ experience working in factual television. Meridian Line Filmshave a long association with China, including an award-wining series on the Beijing Olympics. The Team isalready in production with a YouTube Channel about China named China Icons.

JOHN SHUTT - EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF EMPLOYMENT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT LEEDS BUSINESS SCHOOL, LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

John teaches on a consultancy basis at Leeds Business School, where he has had extensive experienceteaching on the Leeds MBA Masters in Change Management and Masters in International Trade and Finance. He also teaches regional business development at the College of Business and Management, Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), Hangzhou, China.

RAFAEL JIMENEZ - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR, EU SME CENTRE

Rafael offers advice for European SMEs in developing practical market entry strategies in China. Following a career at senior level within the F&B and ICT industry, he arrived in China in 2009 as Director of a Spanish F&B company involved in the restaurant and trade business. He helped the company set up a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in China, ran operations for three years and led a team of more than 100 employees. More recently he was Shanghai Office Director at a Management Consultancy Firm.

18:35 OPEN DISCUSSION: SOLUTIONS TO SCENARIOS

18:40 NETWORKING RECEPTION INCLUDING FOOD AND DRINK

19:45 SESSION CLOSES