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Midlands Engine Creative and Design Trade Mission to Hangzhou, China

19 – 23 September

Deadline for expression of interest 20 July

Are you thinking of growing your design, creative or digital business, or selling your products, in China?

You can dip a toe into this massive market or meet more customers by joining a paid-for Nottingham and Midlands Engine trade mission to the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo.

Why Hangzhou?

Nottingham local authorities and the Midlands Engine are establishing a strong partnership with Zhejiang Province, one of China’s largest and most wealthy regions. This relationship was started by Nottingham City and County councils and has been scaled-up to the Midlands Engine region in order to make the most of the opportunity.

The key focus of the relationship is to boost trade and investment links with Zhejiang and help Midlands businesses to grow through exporting.

With a population larger than London, the historic city of Hangzhou (Zhejiang’s capital), is a key cultural hub in China. The Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo has been running for more than ten years and attracts 250,000 business visitors. The Expo ranks as one of China’s top five industry events and attracts significant international attention.

Zhejiang have offered to sponsor Nottingham and Midlands creative, digital and design businesses to attend and exhibit at the Expo this year. It is hoped that this trade mission will be the the first of many commercially focused creative and cultural exchanges between Midlands and Zhejiang.

What is the offer from Zhejiang?

Through the Hangzhou Creative and Design Centre, Zhejiang have committed to pay for:

      • 10 Midlands based creative, digital and design SMEs to travel to the Expo, covering flight and hotel costs.
      • Shared exhibition space at the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo from 19-23 September 2018

What businesses should come?

Businesses with high-quality products and an ability to sell into China are encouraged to attend. Businesses with products and services that represent the Midlands’ tourism offer are also welcome. All businesses attending will have the opportunity to meet with Alibaba, China’s biggest online retailer, wholesaler and payment platform.

Interested? Contact Rob.avery-phipps@midlandsengine.org The deadline for expression of interest is 20 July.

City of Wolverhampton Business Breakfast

GTG Training and Conference Centre, Bearing Drive, Willenhall WV11 3SZ

Thursday 27 September, 8am- 10.30am

Business journalist and broadcaster, Steph McGovern, will once again host the annual Business Breakfast as part of the highly anticipated City of Wolverhampton’s Business Programme.
The event will focus on how foreign investment in Wolverhampton Wanderers football club is creating opportunity for the region. Delegates will also hear from the City of Wolverhampton’s new Managing Director, Tim Johnson on how Wolverhampton is becoming the City of Opportunity.

Who is it for: The Business Breakfast is for businesses, developers, investors and representative bodies, and represents a chance to network with key players from the West Midlands’ business community.

The breakfast is free to attend but booking is essential.

Annual LEP Conference

Lincolnshire Showground

28 September

Tickets are being snapped up fast for the annual Greater Lincolnshire LEP Conference, which will take place at the Lincolnshire Showground in September.

This year’s theme is The Future of the Lincolnshire Economy and hundreds of business people in Greater Lincolnshire have already signed up for their free delegate pass.

The keynote speaker will be Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, who will talk about the future of the economy and how Greater Lincolnshire fits into the Midlands Engine’s vision.

Midlands Engine: US Automotive Market Visit to Detroit

Detroit, Michigan, USA

21 – 26 October 2018

Join this Midlands Engine trade visit to Detroit, designed specifically for companies operating within the automotive sector: OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 supply chain companies. This is an excellent opportunity for UK companies to navigate their way through the US automotive market.

  • Receive support from Joshua Williams, Vice Consul – Head of Automotive, Michigan, USA and his team.
  • Participate in a pre-visit webinar to help you prepare for and make the most of the opportunity.
  • Once in market, there will be a briefing / networking event from the Department for International Trade sector specialists alongside key US partners.
  • Hold pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings with potential partners, based on your specific company requirements.
  • Visit Engine Expo Novi in conjunction with seven other shows and symposiums.

Midlands Engine Market Visit: Food Hotel China 2018

Shanghai, China

10 – 18 November 2018

Register your interest in joining this Midlands Engine market visit to Shanghai, designed specifically for companies operating within the food and drink sectors. Suitable for both new and experienced exporters, this is an excellent opportunity for UK companies to navigate their way through this vibrant market.

You will be taken to Food Hotel China (FHC) – China’s Global Food and Hospitality Expo – and will also benefit from
additional events and opportunities to showcase your products to key Chinese buyers, decision makers and opinion

Transport-Led Development in the Midlands

Gowling WLG, Birmingham

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Transport-Led Development in the Midlands returns with the latest opportunities and solutions for unlocking growth in the Midlands, through the delivery of new and improved transport infrastructure. This year’s event will provide the latest insight and updates on planned transport projects, plus guidance on future developments and how these projects can be successfully delivered.

Express your interest in one of six market visits that form the core of the Midlands Engine trade missions programme for 2018. Each focuses on key target markets and sectors of strength from the region.

Automotive Trade Visit to SIAT, India

Oxford Golf Resort, Hill Top, Pune

15 – 19 January 2019

Join this Midlands Engine trade visit to the Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) in Pune, India. This visit is designed specificallyfor companies operating in the future mobility sector including Electric Vehicle Technology, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Low Carbon Technologies…

The Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) is widely acclaimed by the global automotive fraternity, is a benchmark biennial international event, organized by ARAI, that serves as a forum for exchange of ideas and brainstorming for the automotive industry, with participation of eminent worldwide experts in various automobile arenas.SIAT 2019 will focus on recent advances in various automotive areas, such as Safety, Emissions, Engines, Noise, Electric Mobility, Electronics, Intelligent Transportation, Vehicle Dynamics, Materials, Alternate Fuels and Simulation & Modelling. It will also bring to fore innovative ideas and solutions in automotive technologies to meet future challenges.

Midlands Engine Market Visit to Arab Health 2019

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai

Sun 27 Jan – Thu 31 Jan 2019

Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region, held annually in the last week of January. In 2018 it welcomed more than 84,400 visitors from 160+ countries, highlighting its strength as the Middle East and North Africa’s leading exhibition in the healthcare industry.

Benefits of being part of the delegation include:

  • An exclusive insight into the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Research on market trends and competition from both the UAE and wider global markets
  • Information on the challenges of doing business in MENA markets and how to overcome them
  • Local hospital visit
  • Networking with buyers, press and exhibitors to establish new contacts
  • Meetings with Commercial Officers and buyers from UAE and other markets
  • Access to expert advice and support from dedicated advisers at the exhibition
  • Invaluable help from International Trade Advisers at DIT Midlands
  • A wide range of promotional opportunities organised by Midlands Engine and the wider network