Manchester firms invited to send executives to China

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Andrew Rochfort Photography

As the centre of the world’s economy continues to shift eastwards, companies from Greater Manchester are invited to sign up to a work and cultural exchange programme backed by Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) and the Manchester China Forum.

The CRCC Young Professionals Programme – delivered by a partner of the Manchester China Forum, CRCC Asia – involves executives spending one month working for a local Chinese company in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen.

During this time the executives are expected to gain business contacts, a deeper understanding of the Chinese market, and tips on Chinese business culture, and etiquette which will help their company to better understand the Chinese market.

The program fee is £1,795 and covers accommodation, cultural training, networking activities and the secondment to a corresponding company in China; however, Manchester China Forum members can access a scholarship fund to cover part of the cost for some taking part.

The scholarship is funded by the LEP who will have an active role in selecting candidates for the programme.

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Rhys Whalley, executive director of Manchester China Forum said: “The ability to demonstrate an understanding and respect for Chinese business culture will give firms a significant advantage if they are serious about tapping the complex Chinese market. The CRCC Asia Young Professionals Programme provides a good opportunity for companies looking to invest in their brightest talent and equip them with an understanding of the opportunities and complex nuances of doing business in China.

“The recent Airport City announcement illustrates growing connectivity as well as the importance of enhancing cultural and business exchange between both regions. On the ground work experience in China serves as an excellent first step. I look forward to meeting the candidates for the 2014 programme.”

Mike Blackburn, chair of the Greater Manchester LEP, said: “The chancellor has made it clear that China is a primary business focus for the future development of UK plc. With that in mind, we’re extremely keen that Greater Manchester’s employers get the best possible opportunities to build relationships within the Chinese market.

“We’re delighted to support CRCC’s exchange programme and confident that, along with the ongoing support of the Manchester China Forum, we will put Greater Manchester into a leading position when it comes to trading with China.”

Daniel Nivern, director at CRCC Asia, said: “CRCC Asia is proud to be working as a key partner of the Manchester China Forum to increase Greater Manchester’s connectivity with China. The Young Professionals Programme builds on our years of expertise in arranging placements and secondments in China, with over 3500 completed so far.

“With the provision of a comprehensive programme, including cultural training, networking and business development opportunities, support services, and accommodation, the LEP’s funding of the Young Professionals Program is an excellent opportunity for organisations of all sizes to gain a first-hand insight into China”.

For further information about the programme and to apply, please contact Justine Royle on [email protected] / 0161 875 2256.



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