Next Week: The SME China Forum 2016 in Glasgow

The 4th Annual SME China Forum will take place on 21st September at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

The China Forum is a leading event for SMEs around the UK looking to expand their business in the China market.

In 2015 it attracted 300 participants, including a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Mayor of Ningbo featuring representatives from 30 Chinese companies across a variety of sectors.

Previous forums have been held in Manchester (2013), Birmingham (2014) and Nottingham (2015).

This year will feature 15 speakers, a delegation from Shandong including representatives from 30 Chinese companies, and 6 Business Ambassadors.

As the leading event for UK SMEs looking to expand their business in the China market, attendees will hear from experts on a range of essential insights from: China market entry strategies – effective digital strategy – securing investment from China – intellectual property protection – investment pitching and receive 1-1 business advice.

Attendees will hear from China-savvy business people on a range of essential topics. Sessions include:

  • China Market Entry Strategies
  • The China Digital Opportunity
  • China Outbound – Securing Investment from China
  • Royal Mail TMall Ecommerce Workshop
  • Intellectual Property Workshop
  • SME Investment Pitching Session
  • One to One Business Advisory Sessions

More than 250 delegates from the UK and China will learn from the expertise of 19 industry speakers and 6 ‘China business ambassadors’ throughout the day with high-profile guests from the Chinese Embassy, Chinese Government, the Scottish Government and the business community.

Government and Trade Support Speakers include


  • Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Scottish Government
  • Ji Xiangqi, Vice-Governor of Shandong Province
  • Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor of the Economic and Commercial Office, Chinese Embassy
  • Paul Lewis, Managing Director SDI & International Operations
  • Jeff Astle, Executive Director in China, China-Britain Business Council
  • Natalie McGarry MP, Glasgow East Constituency

Company Speakers include:


  • Sir Tom Troubridge, Chairman, China Business Group, PwC
  • Harry Phillips, Chairman, Holmes Miller
  • Craig Thomson, Director – Patents, Murgitroyd
  • Gordon Kaye, Head of Business Development, Celtic Football Club
  • Rachel Jones, Managing Director, Totseat
  • Jasmine Chambers, Director of eCommerce – China, Royal Mail
  • David Wright, Director, Turquoise International
  • Domenica Di Lieto, Managing Director, Emerging Communications

For further information and a full agenda – Click here.