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Her Majesty's Ambassador to China Opens the New British Chamber Shanghai Office

2017-06-02 09:00
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SHANGHAI, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On the evening of Tuesday 16 May, the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai welcomed Chamber members and distinguished guests, including Her Majesty's Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE, and the Mayor of Jing'an District, Mr Lu Xiaodong, to the official opening of the Chamber's new office in Zhang Yuan (张园), Jing'an District. 

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE, unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE, unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening

 

Front door of the new Chamber office
Front door of the new Chamber office

To mark the official opening of the new office, the Chamber was honoured to invite the Ambassador and the Mayor of Jing'an District to unveil a plaque to commemorate the official opening. The unveiling took place in the presence of British Consul-General in Shanghai, John Edwards, Area Director East China at the British Council, Matthew Knowles, along with representatives from the Jing'an Government and Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce (SFIC), Chairman of Jing Gong Group, Li Chunnong, and Chamber members.   

By drawing links between the historical significance of the Chamber's new office, located in the heart of the former British Concession, and the vision for the Chamber's new home, the Ambassador expressed her support for the Chamber, commenting that: "The new office is a wonderful space, providing the organisation with even greater potential for the future. Organisations like the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai continue to pioneer new and innovative opportunities for British companies in China. I look forward to continuing to work with the British Chamber in this golden era of UK-China relations."

Sharing with guests the Chamber's vision of building a hub fit for all members, the Chamber's Chairman, Barry Piper, noted that: "The new office has open spaces that can accommodate our hub initiatives such as the successful off-shore wind hub, and other similar hubs to follow. This is a space for members to drop by to do business with or help other members; a place not just for small start-ups but any business needing temporary co-working space." By providing members with the practical means to foster collaboration, the Chamber offers the foundations required to enhance business opportunities and strengthen the collective voice of the Chamber's members to both the British and Chinese governments.

The Chamber would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors for their great support to make the new office, which including: Diageo, Pret A Manger, PureLiving, Red Design, Red Field, Rentokil Initial, Twinings, and Westwood Ales. Through the combined efforts of the sponsors, the new Chamber office, equipped with a small café and a British pub, will provide members with a location well suited for leisurely breaks, entertainment and event space. 

Address of the New Chamber Office: No.9, Sub-lane 56, Lane 590, Weihai Lu, Shanghai; Tel: +86 21 6218 5022.

About The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

The history of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai dates back to 1915, when it was first founded. Now 100 years on, as one of the oldest foreign Chambers still operating in China, the Chamber's original ethos of helping each other in the interests of growing British trade with China, is as true today as it was 100 years ago.    

By holding over 120 events every year, the Chamber offers a vast amount of information and is able to promote the exchange and sharing of expertise among its professional community. The large network to which we offer access to also assists members to raise their profile locally and rapidly expand their business contacts here in East China. Currently, the Chamber represents over 350 companies with around 1500 cardholding members.

In January 2017, the British Chamber Shanghai launched the UK-China Offshore Wind Hub. The Hub is a flexible, dynamic, low risk, cost-effective and professional means for UK companies to create business opportunities in China.

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Source: The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

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