Seminar to explore west Suffolk trading links with Hong Kong

Cap David Marsden, Daisy Ip and Louisa Chung from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, with Depu

Cap David Marsden, Daisy Ip and Louisa Chung from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, with Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Patrick Chung, Leader of St Edmundsbury Cllr John Griffiths, St Edmundsbury Cabinet Member for Economic Growth Cllr Alaric Pugh, Nikkos Savvas, principal of West Suffolk College. - Credit: Archant

The “encouraging” interest shown by west Suffolk companies for business opportunities in Hong Kong has sparked a second seminar in Bury St Edmunds next Thursday.

The event, on May 12, aims to boost trading with Asia and is held by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in partnership with St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, as well as the China-Britain Business Council.

The strong links between Bury and Hong Kong have been encouraged by town mayor Patrick Chung, who is originally from Hong Kong, and this is the second time the seminar has been held.

Mr Chung said: “We know that the businesses that attended last year found the event really useful. This is about helping them make the connections, and gain the insight and advice, that will enable them to forge international trade links with Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.”

The free-of-charge Think Asia, Think Hong Kong seminars take place between 9am-1pm at The Athenaeum and include a networking lunch. Guest speakers will include Chris Cotton, director of the China-Britain Business Council and David Marsden, UK director of the trade development council.

Mr Marsden said: “The interest shown by Suffolk companies to business opportunities in Hong Kong and China is very encouraging.

“We’re now looking to build on the momentum; this seminar will allow us to explore how we take things forward. It’s also a chance for delegates to network and gain insights into how to do business in Asia.”

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St Edmundsbury’s leader John Griffiths said development of the Haverhill Research Park and the expansion of the Suffolk Business Park, near Bury, would mean further opportunities to work with west Suffolk companies.

To book a place call 020 7616 9500 or email