Manchester China Forum
Established in 2013 by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, Manchester China Forum is the city region’s special purpose vehicle for driving forward the Greater Manchester-China relationship. The Forum has received acclaim as a highly innovative and successful initiative that works to ensure Manchester is equipped and ready for China’s rapid growth and the opportunity that this presents. We are a unique public-private partnership with strong links and influence putting us in a unique position to drive forward the Greater Manchester-China agenda and ensure growth in commercial connectivity between the city and China.
Manchester China Forum’s unique approach has strengthened the region’s relationship with China and has resulted in an increase in commercial activity, the launch of direct routes to Beijing and Hong Kong, and President Xi’s visit to the city. Since the inception of the Manchester-China Forum, Chinese firm have invested in projects with a development value in excess of £6bn in the region. Notable projects include the Far East Consortium investment into the £1bn Northern Gateway project and the £1bn Airport City development involving Beijing Construction and Engineering Group as a major equity partner.
Alongside the growth in direct investment, Manchester has seen a rapid rise in both Chinese tourist and student numbers since the Forum began. As the Manchester-China relationship strengthens we are continuing to welcome a vast number of high-level political visits, reaffirming senior level appetite in China to engage with Manchester. In February 2018, the successes of the Forum were recognised at the Hurun business awards where the organisation was awarded for its commitment and success in enhancing UK-China relations.
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The Forum is directed by a board chaired by David Percival MBE, Managing Director for Deloitte in China, led by Executive Director Rhys Whalley, and Non-Executive Director Lord Nat Wei of Shoreditch, an influential advisor to the UK Government.
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