English handmade rug business secures future with investment from Chinese couple

The South West’s leading handmade rug and crafts business has secured its long term future thanks to significant investment from China. Hallatrow-based Oriental Rugs of Bath is hoping the agreement could open up a new trading route into the fast-growing Far Eastern marketplace. Manager Katya Maiseyeva said: “Our new investors Laurel and Ning Li heard […]

World’s first specially brewed beer to drink at 35,000ft made with Hong Kong and UK-sourced ingredients

Hong Kong’s home carrier announces the launch of Betsy Beer, the world’s first hand-crafted bottled beer specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet. Named after “Betsy”, Cathay Pacific’s first aircraft, a Douglas DC-3 which flew passengers around the region in the 1940s and 1950s, Betsy Beer will be first served to First and Business […]

Birmingham MPs visit University’s new institute in China

Birmingham MPs Shabana Mahmood (Ladywood) and Steve McCabe (Selly Oak) have visited the newly opened Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) in Wuhan, China. A partnership between Birmingham City University and Wuhan Textile University, BIFCA is the first non-profit, Chinese-foreign cooperatively run educational institution in Hubei province to offer undergraduate programmes. The MPs […]