By Claire West
Chinese businesses can grow and succeed in the UK, Lord Green said today.
Lord Green was in Birmingham this morning to welcome Chinese Premier Wen Jia Bao to Longbridge, the home of MG Motors, for the launch of the new MG6C.
The visit is part of Premier Wen’s three day visit to the UK.
The MG site is owned by Chinese car-maker SAIC. The site is the assembly line for the MG6 and is also home to the SAIC Motor Technical Centre, the global lead centre for advanced engineering for the company.
Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister for Trade and Investment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Premier Wen to Birmingham. SAIC has been a pioneer for Chinese investors in the UK. I hope other Chinese companies will learn from their example and see how successful they can be in Britain.
“One of the main reasons for the decision to invest here is the research and development available to them in the UK. They will be able to develop new products, export and become more profitable because of the advantages of doing business here.”
SAIC now employ 400 people in the West Midlands and last year was presented with the UK Trade & Investment Chinese Investor of the Year award.
The production of the new MG6 at Birmingham is the first step into the European market for SAIC with the MG brand. It is the first new MG model in 15 years.