Manchester-China Forum

What is the Manchester-China Forum?

查看本页的普通话版,请点击这里 The Manchester-China Forum is a new business-led initiative aimed at increasing Greater Manchester’s commercial connectivity with China. The Forum is a network open to companies, from both UK and China, who are interested in strengthening ties between the city region and China.

George Osborne launches the Manchester-China Forum

Why has the Forum been established?

The Forum has been established to provide a focus for organisations looking to increase their connectivity with China, and to encourage more businesses to explore opportunities in China. China has been identified as a strategic priority for Greater Manchester, with a strong potential for growth in trade, inward investment, tourism and education. The Forum will leverage local and national assets in order to develop these areas.

What is the structure of the Forum?

The Forum is directed by a board chaired by Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of M.A.G. (Manchester Airports Group), Rhys Whalley its Executive Director, and Lord Nat Wei of Shoreditch, Non-Executive Director. The Forum’s founding members are: Charlie Cornish (M.A.G.), Mike Blackburn (BT and Chair of Greater Manchester LEP), Neil Jones (PTG Holroyd Precision), Neil Lees (The Peel Group), Jon Lovell (Deloitte), Michael Oglesby (Bruntwood), Xing Yan (BCEG),Tom Glick (MCFC), Baron Frankal (M.A.G.), Tim Newns (MIDAS) and Andrew Stokes (Marketing Manchester) The Forum works with a number of key partners to help GM businesses further develop relationships with China. These include AGMA, GMCC, Pro-Manchester, Visit Manchester, the Chinese Arts Centre, CRCC Asia and Greater Manchester’s universities.

What are the aims and objectives of the Forum?

The objectives of the Forum are:

  • To increase Greater Manchester’s connectivity with China
  • To facilitate the business climate that enables companies in Greater Manchester to further develop relationships with China

In achieving these objectives the Forum aims to:

  • Support the growth of Manchester’s exports to China by 2018
  • Increase inward investment into Manchester from Chinese companies
  • Grow inward tourism from Chinese visitors
  • Increase Chinese student numbers in Greater Manchester’s educational institutions
  • Increase student retention
  • Secure direct air routes between Manchester and China

How can a business or individual get involved with the Forum?

Joining the Manchester-China Forum is free of charge. If you are interested in joining or finding out more, please contact Justine Royle at:











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