By Claire West

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk will visit China and Hong Kong this week to strengthen bilateral trade relations and to see for himself the many opportunities that exist for UK companies in the world’s second largest economy.

The visit, which is organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), will demonstrate the Coalition Government’s commitment to engage with overseas business partners.
Whilst in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, Minister Prisk will meet Government ministers, UK companies that are successfully trading in China and Hong Kong, and businesses leaders and investors.

Ahead of his visit, Minister Mark Prisk said:
“China and Hong Kong offer countless opportunities for UK companies of all sizes that want to take that next crucial step and extend their business overseas. China’s economy is growing rapidly and there has never been a better time to engage with this market.

“International trade is at the heart of the UK’s economy and I look forward to strengthening our already close business ties with China.”

China provides opportunities for UK firms across a wide range of sectors including financial services, ICT, creative industries and advanced engineering.

Whilst in Shanghai, Minister Prisk will attend the opening of an office of UK SME Sondrel Ltd, a global design services and consultancy for the semiconductor industry, which entered the mainland Chinese market in early 2009.

They initially hired a small number of engineers in Xi’an in central China to support their global operations and are now opening a second centre in Shanghai in order to provide closer support to their customers and partners.