Spare a thought for Christmas

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As Christmas approaches you may spot a seller on a street corner selling roasted chestnuts over an open brazier.  Surely one of those evocative Christmas sights and aromas.   But stop if you will and spare a moment to consider how those Chestnuts arrived there.  They may well have travelled over 5000 miles!   Many of the…

How to take control of your future during Brexit

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What can businesses really do to cope with the uncertainty of Brexit? As the deadline of 29 March grows closer the uncertainty surrounding Brexit seems to heighten.  One might have hoped the long awaited parliamentary vote on Mrs May’s deal would bring some clarity and resolution but sadly the fiasco continues unabated. So as you…

A successful year with record trade

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This year has been a very successful year for China-UK Trade Consultants. We have seen record trade volumes and helped more customers than ever before. Our customers have ranged from large corporate entities through to small start up businesses. Two of our biggest growth areas has been in sourcing products for those looking to buy…

Trade Delegation from Jinan Visits UK

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A successful innovation and cooperation seminar was hosted in the UK by China Britain Business Council. The meeting held at the Cafe Royale in London was attended by many dignitaries and business leaders from Jinan including Wang Zhonglin, Party Secretary, Jinan Municipal Party Committee who delivered the Keynote speech.  Also in attendance, and a measure…

China Returns to Work

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As China returns to work after it’s Autumn national holiday what changes can we see in trade between the UK and China in the run up to Christmas and into 2019? What has now become a trade war between China and the US is set to escalate over the coming months as planned rises in…

Last Minute Rush For Christmas

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As summer draws to a close many retailers will now be focusing on their Christmas marketing campaign. Probably the most important time of year for many. It’s vital therefore to get this campaign right, from the products they are going to sell through to the way they are markets and priced. Most retailers have ordered…

Building Material Purchases Soar

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Last month we saw record supplies purchased for the construction industry, with wholesalers and construction companies placing orders through us looking to reduce material costs to maintain profit margins.  We also had a record number of new enquires from this industry sector with companies asking us to resource products for them. So what are the…

China Opens It’s Doors to Foreign Businesses

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As Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un the rhetoric and threats of trade sanctions between the US and China rumble on.  The next looming deadline. the 15th June when Trump publishes his latest list of affected products to face higher tariffs.  This follows the announcement at the end of last month that the US were going…

Wake Up Britain!

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New trade wars – opportunity or threat? By now most people will be aware of the new trade sanctions imposed by the US government.  This has led to reprisals from Canada and Mexico.  The EU is also considering a response but as with all things EU it might take many months to reach an agreed…

New Year – New Opportunities?

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New Year is always a difficult time for overseas traders with China.  The whole country shuts down for a National holiday lasting two weeks with many factories closed for a month.  Its a time of great celebration in China and the Spring Festival as it’s known in China is the most important celebration in the…

China Goes Green

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As China enforces its ban on imported plastic waste the western world reels.  China recycled over 30% of the worlds plastic so it’s refusal to accept imports of plastic waste is not to be under estimated.  What is surprising is the shock an surprise expressed by countries such as the UK given that this change…

The Price of China’s New Green Credentials

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China has in the recent past been notorious for its levels of air pollution.  This was highlighted during the Bejing Olympics where special measures were taken to reduce pollution as world attention was focused on the Chinese capital.    Since then the government has taken considerable steps to reduce pollution and clean up the air.…