Doing business in China


The Cambridge Enterprise & Technology Club is raising money for the Tsunami appeal at its next event on Thursday 27 January, when the topic is 'Doing business in China'.

As the subject will be turning everyone's thoughts to the Far East, the CETC will be donating the seminar registration fees for the event at St John's Innovation Centre to the Tsunami appeal (via the Disasters Emergency Committee Tsunami Appeal, which is co-ordinating the fund raising for many of the big charities).

China is rapidly becoming the manufacturing base for the world. With a population of 1.3 billion, GDP growth of 8.1%, GDP per head of $1,360 and inflation at 2.5 %, it is hard to compete with. How will it affect you or your company? If you would like to know a bit more about China, come, listen and question the speakers.

Ke Yang is a business service manager with China-UK Innovation Park Ltd (CIPUK) located in Cambridge. Ke has a BSc in Computer Science & Technology from Nanchang University and two British MSc's, one in Finance & Economics and the other in International Management. She has worked in the IT sector in China, covering the installation of equipment, providing technical support and customer training. The she moved on to marketing, before coming to the UK. Ke will give us an introduction to Chinese history and culture and how it still affects business relationships and ethics today.

Simon Rodwell works for the China-British Business Council (CBBC). He is a strategy adviser to companies doing business in China and as the director of CBBC'S Business Group, responsible for the organisation's consultancy and research services. Simon qualified as an interpreter in Chinese in the early 1970s and has been visiting China as a businessman for more than 25 years. He was resident in Beijing for two years representing British Aerospace and has spent much of his career in Hong Kong working in telecommunications. He has more recently led a joint CBBC/ Cambridge University Institute For Manufacturing study mission to China.

Dr Brian Cox is a Director of Shelford Business Consultants Ltd and has some 20 years experience of doing business in and with China, including a five-year stint as chief executive of a Sino-Swiss machinery manufacturing joint venture company employing 650 staff. He worked for ten years for Cambridge Leica Ltd, much of the time looking after the Asia Pacific region from a Hong Kong base. Brian is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1970 at Bristol University. He is currently working with a major UK/US company in setting up Chinese production. His talk will cover Chinese business with emphasis on buying and manufacturing there.

Prior to the seminar, the Club's Chairman Roy Cuthbert (who also organised this seminar) will chair the CETC's AGM. Members who wish to raise agenda points or who are interested in standing for the committee should let the Honorary Secretary know by Monday 24 January. Non-members are welcome to attend the AGM as observers.

AGM at 5:45pm. Finger buffet at 6:00pm. Talk starts at 6:30pm.

Cost: Free to CETC members, 10 to non-members. Booking (with payment, if a non-member) is essential. If you wish to attend, please email ( or telephone (01223-720256) providing your name, company name, telephone number and e-mail address. If payment is required, please send your cheque (made payable to CETC) to:

Guy Mulley, Hon Secretary CETC

c/o NW Brown Employee Benefits

Richmond House

16-20 Regent Street

Cambridge, CB2 1DB

More details at or by phone from Guy Mulley on (01223) 720256.

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