Business Graduate Helping to Develop Worcestershire's Trade Links with China

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The Head of the Worcester Business School, Mark Richardson, was recently part of a Worcestershire delegation which visited China to strengthen the links first established by a Worcester graduate.

Pan Ming returned to her home city of Hezhou after completing her Master’s degree at Worcester, intent on fostering trade links between the county and Hezhou, a city of about 1.5m situated in southern China.

An initial Worcester delegation travelled out to the city three years ago, and then welcomed a return visit of Chinese delegates during the following year.

In November, Worcester MP Robin Walker led a follow-up delegation which included Mr Richardson, Vince Hopkins, Chairman of Worcestershire Ambassadors; his predecessor, Phil Dutton; and representatives from both the county and city councils and the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The group visited Hezhou and Huizhou, a larger city with a population of around 5m, looking to initiate trade discussions in both cities.

Mr Richardson says: “I am delighted that alumni of the MBA programme at the University of Worcester are developing such a strong relationship with Worcestershire that they are actively seeking to foster engagement between their home cities and the county. 

“Our expectation is that the development and growth of these long-standing relationships will underpin positive social and economic collaboration.”

Hezhou will be returning to Worcester in September 2015 to repeat the ceremony on English soil.

Members of the group now meet each month to review and progress action points and to ensure that momentum is maintained and opportunities are researched, progressed and documented.