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Partner with the Dashiqiao Magnesium Association


In July 2013, Prospect Chinese Services reached an agreement to partner with the Dashiqiao Magnesium Association. The Association has given Prospect Chinese Services the full right as their overseas platform to promote to UK businesses their significant investment opportunities.

Prospect Chinese Services will also provide information on Chinese local government initiatives and incentives that aim to promote foreign enterprise investments in the region.

The 114th China Import and Export Fair - Canton Fair 2013


Canton Fair
The 114th China Import and Export Fair - Canton Fair 2013

Canton Fair, also known as the China Import and Export Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn, with a history of 55 years since 1957. In 2013, Canton Fair will welcome its 114th anniversary. The 114th Canton Fair (Canton Fair 2013, Autumn Session) has been announced to be held at China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou from October 15 to November 4, 2013. You can't miss the 114th Canton Fair!

Canton Fair in China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou has attracted large amount of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

In China, The China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) is the most comprehensive trade show with the longest history, the highest level, the largest scale, the most complete in exhibit variety, and the broadest distribution of overseas buyers and the greatest business turnover in China.

Exhibit Categories and date of the 114th Canton Fair (Canton Fair 2013, Autumn Session)

Phase One: 15th-19th October

Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances
Lighting Equipment
Vehicles & Spare Parts
Hardware & Tools
Building Materials
Chemical Products
International Pavilion
Phase Two: 23rd-27th October

Consumer Goods
Home Decorations

Phase Three: 31st October - 4th November

Textiles & Garments
Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, and Recreation Products
Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products
International Pavilion

China Import and Export Fair Complex (Canton Fair Complex for short) which, the largest modernized exhibition center in Asia and the venue of Canton Fair, is located in Pazhou Island, Guangzhou, China. It is a perfect integratation of human and ecological concerns and high technology and intelligentization sparking the world like a shining star.The first stage project of Pazhou Complex covers a ground area of 430,000 square meters with the structural area of 395,000 square meters. With 13 exhibition halls on the first and second floors, Pazhou Complex has an indoor exhibition area of 130,000 square meters and an outdoor exhibition area of 22,000 square meters, being the largest exhibition center in Asia. The Complex has been in operation since the end of 2002.


Sharma hails local export success story


Sharma hails local export success story
By admin Created 07/15/2013 - 22:00

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Friday 12 July 2013, visited local music composer, Robert Hartshorne, to hear about his business’s exporting success story and the support he received from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ex Cantibus Gaudium Ltd (ECG), translated from Latin as ‘Enjoyment Through Melody’, is a music production company based in Caversham, providing music for corporate productions, television commercials, theatre productions and other live events. ECG’s wide portfolio includes composing music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Andrew Marr’s History of the World.

ECG enlisted the help of Prospect Chinese Services to help expand into the Chinese market and the two businesses have been working together for nearly three years. Prospect Chinese Services, also based in Reading, have provided ECG with translation and interpreter support as well as helping to select appropriate Chinese business partners and provided the introduction to Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP). Alok first met Lily Yuan Li, the Director of Prospect Chinese Services at the “Exporting for Growth” seminar, which Alok organised last year.

ECG was the first company to successfully secure a business loan from the TVB LEP’s business expansion loan scheme. The funding has enabled ECG to seek new opportunities for partnerships in China. Robert Hartshorne recently concluded a business trip to China, accompanied by Lily Yuan Li, during which he successfully set up a new business relationship with Chinese music company, Beijing Qiang Run Media. ECG have in the last week, also been asked to produce a song in China for a short film.

ECG are also developing a completely new strand of business by creating and producing a new children’s animation series for China and the international market, in partnership with a Chinese producer, Wang Xiao Li and a successful production company based in Newcastle, Dene Films.
The partnership have secured support from a an investor from China, an animation production company in China, the support of the Chinese government through the Minister of Culture, an International distributor and an international licensing company. Production has started on a promotional trailer and will be ready for broadcast by early 2015.

The business expansion loan scheme was launched by TVB LEP in February as part of a £7.3 million Funding Escalator offering finance to SMEs in Berkshire. The Funding Escalator comprises a series of repayable loans and went live on 1 February 2013:

£1.75 million has been allocated for a commercialisation scheme, which will support newly established companies that need limited support to enhance their market position. £4 million has been allocated for an expansion scheme, which will support development to scale up a business and accelerate its growth.

£1.5 million has been allocated to a growth or equity scheme, which is designed to support ambitious growing businesses and will be released when matched with private funds.

Alok Sharma, who recently took part in a Parliamentary trade delegation to Beijing and Chengdu said: “Helping local businesses to start exporting has been one of my priorities as an MP and I am therefore very pleased to hear that ECG has been successful in starting to export, having taken advantage of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s business lending scheme.”

Alok continued: “Some of the biggest opportunities for the UK are in markets like India and China, which in recent years have seen their economies grow at a consistently high rate, despite the global economic slowdown. Starting to export to these countries can initially be a daunting prospect for a small or medium sized business, but as ECG have shown, with the right support it can prove rewarding.”

Lily Yuan Li, Director of Prospect Chinese Services, said: “It is really positive to have an MP that takes an active interest in helping businesses to export. The exports seminar Alok held last year was extremely interesting and I hope to do more work with him in the future on helping businesses to trade in China.”

Lily continued: “It is important for local companies to have the financial support that they need to grow in new markets, especially in geographies such as China whose recent Five Year Plan encourages Chinese companies to engage foreign companies in industries such as the creative industry.”

Robert Hartshorne, Composer and Producer at Ex Cantibus Gaudium said: “To do business in China properly requires time and commitment. Since April 2012, things on all fronts were beginning to take root and blossom in a major way. But, by January 2013, without any extra funding, all visits to China would just have to stop until funds allowed. The inflexibility of the banking system meant that raising funds for exploitation of overseas markets was impossible for a small business. So the support of TVB LEP, at an absolutely crucial point of development, really saved the day.”

Photo: Alok Sharma with, Robert Hartshorne, Composer and Producer at ECG; Lily Yuan Li, Director of Prospect Chinese Services; and ECG sound engineer Jack Buckner

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