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China – UK Trade Forum & Business Match-Making Event April 17, 2008

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28th April 2008, Liverpool – 15:15 pm – 18:15 pm

If you are looking to trade with China or partner with a Chinese company for import, export and manufacturing, Liverpool Chamber’s Chinalink are hosting two valuable events – The China trade Forum, Question Time and UK-China Business Matchmaking event plus an evening networking reception with a Chinese delegation of business leaders.

For full details of both events and how to book, click ‘more’.

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Survival Chinese – Language For Businesses February 20, 2008

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A Free Half-Day Taster Event 9.00am – 1 pm  Thursday 6th March 2008 at Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 8GG

Merseyside businesses who want to develop their international language and communication skills are invited to attend a free trial ‘taster session’ in mastering basic Chinese. Don’t worry if you have little or no experience, the workshops are designed for people who have no previous knowledge of the language. Help and support will be available all the way through.

The first part of the session will introduce China as one of the world’s most dynamic overseas markets, and will provide insights into Chinese business culture and practice.  Keynote speakers will outline:

  • how to find Chinese business partners,
  • how to develop a productive working relationship, and
  • what grants are currently available to small and medium size Merseyside companies who want to develop business overseas

Delegates will then have the chance to sample the basics needed to communicate when travelling and meeting potential business partners.

These sessions will take place in two of the school’s state of the art Multimedia Language Suites. This is a fabulous opportunity for Merseyside businesses, and opens the door to a fuller intensive Business Chinese course later this year for those who wish to develop their knowledge further.

Lunch is provided 12.00 – 13.00pm

For further information or to book your place, please contact:-Jacqui McIver,Modern Foreign Language Department. email  Jacqui.mciver@calday.wirral.sch.uk Or telephone on 0151 625 2727 Ext 289

Free International Trade Clinics – 14 September August 17, 2007

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The International Trade Centre (ITC) for Liverpool City Region provides
a one-stop-shop service for international business support on Merseyside with a team of International Trade executives, many of whom are overseas market specialists. Advisors from the Euro Info Centre North West will also be here all day to help yo to find your perfect business partner in Europe.

We invite you to take half an hour out of your schedule to reserve 1-2-1
slots with one or more International Trade executives.

During the day, pre-booked clinic sessions will be available for:

  • Markets: Ireland, Spain, China, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Australia, UAE
  • Export Documentation
  • UK Trade & Investment (UK Government international trade services)
  • SME grants for International Trade
  • Euro Info Centre North West
  • You can also book a more general discussion with an adviser to establish what your business will need to do in order to begin exporting.

Learn about our services including: subsidised consultancy, export
documentation, market research, international business training and
Continuous Professional Development, overseas Trade Missions,
inward mission programmes and international seminar and event
programmes.

The event will take place in Liverpool Chamber’s Council Chamber
No.1 Old Hall Street
Liverpool
L3 9HG

The cost is £30 +VAT (= £35.25), but eligible Merseyside SMEs may apply
to attend for FREE . Details and eligibility criteria are available on
request. Please give us a call on 0151 227 1234 or complete the International Trade Clinic Faxback Booking Form [PDF].

Trade Mission To Shanghai July 30, 2007

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Shanghai skyline at night

The trade mission takes place 16 – 28 September 2007.

With over a decade of experience in working with Shanghai, ChinaLink & Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has put together, with two of its partners, this unique Trade Mission to support both UK importers and exporters. The Trade Mission is open to applications from any company across the UK.

The mission will take both traders and exhibitors from the UK to two of the most important trade fairs in Shanghai. Early in July, ChinaLink and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce met their partners in Shanghai and secured the exclusive UK Partner agreement to represent the two trade fairs. We have pre-booked limited spaces for UK stands.

Shanghai is undisputedly the consumer capital of China, where global brands and local products battle it out for a share of the Chinese market. With the recent change in China’s policy to encourage imports into China, the 1st Shanghai International Import Commodities Fair (Shanghai Fair) is designed to show case foreign products to meet the ever increasing demands of the China market. British exporters should not miss the new opportunities.

Financial subsidies for travel & exhibition costs for this mission are available to qualifying companies in the Merseyside area.

For further information contact International Trade Centre, One Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9HG. 0151 227 1234 Email: chinalink@liverpoolchamber.org.uk Web: www.chinalink.org.uk

Shanghai Trade Mission Information Sheet. [PDF]

Shanghai Trade Mission – Notes for Applicants [PDF]

Shanghai Trade Mission – ChinaLink Application Form [PDF]

Trade Mission To Guangzhou, China July 24, 2007

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Chinese Flag

ChinaLink‘s Trade Mission to the Canton Fair 13 – 30 October 2007 offers both import and export opportunities.

For years this trade fair has been used by many British companies as one of the most effective ways to import or to arrange for products to be manufactured in China.

This year the trade mission introduces a new dimension – exporting to China.

It is now the China Import and Export Commodities Fair, a reflection of China’s new policy to encourage the importing of quality products from western countries.

ChinaLink is the UK partner of the Canton Fair and has pre-booked a limited number of stands for UK companies.

Financial subsidies for travel & exhibition costs for this mission are available to qualifying companies in the Merseyside area.

For further information contact:
International Trade Centre
One Old Hall Street
Liverpool L3 9HG
T: 0151 227 1234
E: chinalink@liverpoolchamber.org.uk
W: www.chinalink.org.uk

Guangzhou – ChinaLink Trade Mission to China Info Sheet [PDF]

Guangzhou Canton Fair – ChinaLink Mission Application Form [PDF]

Guangzhou Exhibiton Application Form [PDF]

Guangzhou Canton Fair – Notes for Applicants [PDF]

Kegang Wu Talks About International Liverpool Day June 29, 2007

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On 28th June, Dr Kegang Wu, the Chamber’s Director of International Trade was interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside about International Liverpool Day on 12th July. The event includes a range of seminars aimed at encouraging and supporting businesses to trade internationally.

He explained that this event was also a re-launch of the International Trade Centre in One Old Hall Street which is now offering a One Stop Shop of International Trade Services and advice for all Merseyside companies.

Listen to the interview here [MP3, 6MB]

Visit Liverpool Chamber’s events page to book your place. 

International Liverpool Day – 12 July June 28, 2007

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The International Trade Centre for Greater Merseyside is re-launching International Liverpool Day, with national organisations SITPRO, UKvisas and the Border & Immigration Agency, packed with expert presentations and advice from practitioners.

The day will feature a full programme of seminars and networking opportunities. It offers all businesses a chance to learn more about trading abroad and navigating the what can at first appear overwhelming red tape and admin requirements.

Attendance for the full day (10am – 7pm) costs £75 +VAT. You can book online here.

The seminars can also be booked individualy, at a cost of £30 +VAT. Click on the seminar(s) you wish to attend to book online.:

Seminar 1: International Trade Made Simpler and Easier – 10:00 am

Seminar 2: New changes to visas and immigration and the Points Based System – 2:00 pm

Seminar 3: Growing International Business on Merseyside – 4:30 pm

5:30 pm Networking reception marking the re-launch of the International Trade Centre.

So whether you are new to import / export or trading abroad, or just want to get up to date with the latest international business developments, this event is one to catch.

International Liverpool Day – UK Visas Explained June 26, 2007

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Impending changes to the UK’s entry visa processes, work permits and student visas will have significant impact on businesses, educational organisations and professional services.

As part of the International Liverpool day, this seminar, is aimed at:

  • Employers who employ non-EU workers
  • Businesses who have overseas operations involving international travel
  • Educational and training institutions
  • Professional services handling work permits and overseas recruitment of immigrants and students
  • The tourism industry arranging for entry of overseas visitors

The event will cover:

  • Visa application processes & how decisions are made.
  • Biometrics
  • Point Based System to replace existing work
  • (employment) and immigration schemesQ&A sessions

The local International Trade market specialist team from Liverpool Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to offer local support and information, including grants, Trade Mission schedules, training courses, and overseas market specialists, including China, Australia, Spain, Romania, etc.

The seminar is followed by the Growing International Business on Merseyside seminar and a networking opportunity over canapés, wine and refreshments between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm

12th July 2007

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Liverpool Digital
Edge Lane
Liverpool

To book contact Belinda Doherty in the International Trade Centre on 0151 227 1234.

Kegang Wu Talks To Radio Merseyside May 11, 2007

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Dr Kegang Wu from Liverpool Chamber’s ChinaLink was on Radio Merseyside’s drive-time business slot last night (Thursday 10 May).

During his interview, he discussed the effects on business, both UK and international, that the recent interest rates had been having.

Listen to his interview here [MP3, 7MB]

On a similar topic, the recently closed quick poll on the Chamber’s homepage found that of 329 respondents, 48.3% felt that interest rates should be raised again, whilst 51.7% did not.

The current poll is asking if you thought Tony Blair had been good for UK business. Visit the homepage to cast your vote.

Shanghai – Liverpool Business Meeting 14 March 2007 March 8, 2007

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Shanghai skyline at night

Interested parties are invited to our Shanghai – Liverpool business meeting. The event is organised in conjunction with Shanghai Chamber for International  Commerce, with a delegation from Liverpool’s sister city Shanghai.

The meeting is open to ChinaLink‘s partners and its China Business Club (UK) members.

Industrial sectors in international business support, import & export, power transmission & distribution, retail, and real estate represents some of the fastest growing sectors in the rise of Shanghai’s economy. Twelve senior business executives from these sectors are in Liverpool on 14 March on the invitation of ChinaLink to discuss business co-operative opportunities. The visiting companies are:

Shanghai Power Transmission & Distribution Co. Ltd
Shanghai Chamber of International Commerce
Shanghai Yimin Department Stores Co. Ltd
Shanghai Zhongcheng Real Estate Management Co. Ltd
Shanghai Jinglong Co. Ltd
Shanghai Fuxing Construction Development Co. Ltd
Shanghai Wuxin Real Estate Management Co. Ltd
Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co. Ltd

Shanghai Chamber of International Commerce has been the twinned with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce for 14 years and the partnership has been its strongest in the last eight years with ChinaLink supporting hundreds of Shanghai companies and British companies, both larger companies and SMEs, in their frequent overseas visits, exchanges and co-operative projects.

11:00am – 1pm, Wednesday, 14 March 2007,
Council Chamber,
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce,
Number One Old Hall Street,
Liverpool L3 9HG

All enquiries and bookings to Ms Shiu Ling Shum, 0151 224 1855 or 0151 227 1233 (email: shanghai@chinalink.org.uk)