Chinese delegates in Ipswich
Date: 20/08/2012. Story submitted by: nnn
A delegation of top level officials for the city of Nanjing in China visited Ipswich today to explore opportunities to trade with, and invest in, Suffolk.
Ten representatives from the affluent capital of the Jiangsu province in east China visited University Campus Suffolk to learn more about the university’s cutting edge research into bio-technology.
The delegation held meetings with representatives from some of the county’s top international companies and business projects, including the Port of Felixstowe, BT Adastral Park and Haverhill Research Park.
Following the business talks, the group travelled to Ipswich School where they held talks with the school’s headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, about setting up a cultural and educational exchange programme with schools in Nanjing.
Councillor Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said:
“It’s important for Suffolk that we develop strong and sustainable links with thriving economies, wherever they are in the world.
“Suffolk has much to offer, whether it’s our food and drink products, green energy expertise or cutting edge bio technology research, but we need to shout about to really capitalise on our skills.
“I’m confident that in the coming years, we’ll begin to see the benefits of our developing relationship with China.”
The visit will also be used to promote Suffolk as a key destination for Chinese tourists. Suffolk’s tourism industry is worth £1.75 billion a year to the local economy.
The visit comes just weeks ahead of Suffolk Business Month, which Suffolk County Council will use to hold up the county as a place to invest and expand businesses.
The first ever Suffolk Business Month is an opportunity to promote key examples such as Muntons, Adnams, Greene King, Willis and the ports of Felixstowe and Ipswich as proof of the international business success that can be achieved in the county.
It’s also a chance for business leaders to learn more about what is being done to make Suffolk a more business-friendly environment. Work to address local skills shortages in some sectors, improve the employability of young people and create a broadband network fit for the twenty first century are all major reasons for businesses, large or small, to think about Suffolk when they are looking to set up or expand.
A number of events will be held across the county to promote Suffolk, including the Ipswich Star’s Beacon Ipswich conference on 14 September. Supported by Suffolk County Council, the event continues the Star’s campaign to promote Ipswich as a place to visit, live and work.
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