Opportunity for small businesses to attend China trade mission

Go Global Mission is offering 40 UK entrepreneurs chance to forge trade links with the world's fastest growing economy

A three-day trade mission to China to help Britain’s small businesses establish trade links in Asia has been announced for September 2015.

The Go Global Mission is offering 40 of the UK’s “most ambitious” start-ups the opportunity to become global enterprises, by forging business connections with the country which is commonly regarded as having the world’s fastest growing economy.

The scheme will be subsidised by sponsors HP, PayPal, HSBC, UK Trade and Investmentand the British China Business Council, with an aim to help businesses that don’t have the resources to undertake the trip alone.

There will be six free places available for finalists in the HP Go Global Awards, with two overall winners receiving an award for Best Breakthrough Exporter of the Year and Next Breakthrough Exporter of the Year.

The mission is looking for applications from small business owners that want to source production in China and sell to consumers in China. Flights, accommodation, visits with Shanghai’s leading entrepreneurs and introduction to Alibaba contacts at its Hangzhou headquarters will be included on the trip.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation – the organisation that launched the mission – commented: “Exploring the Chinese market is an unprecedented opportunity – and yet the majority of home-grown businesses shy away from international trade because of perceived language, cultural and business barriers.

“The reality is that the booming Chinese market would welcome British firms with open arms through the right approaches, contacts and introductions.”

Businesses have until Friday May 29 to submit applications here.

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