A tenth-anniversary trade mission to Ningbo which takes off this autumn was officially launched today at a special event to help Nottingham businesses find and manage commercial partners in China.

City Council Chief Executive Ian Curryer officially announced the mission from 31st October to 7th November in the opening presentation at today’s ‘East Midlands China Masterclass’ at The Council House.

The event was hosted by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and the Nottingham China Forum, a partnership of local businesses and organisations which supports the City Council’s China ambitions.

Ian Curryer said: “Our Trade Mission will provide local businesses with a great opportunity to further develop the commercial links that have grown so strongly over the ten years since Nottingham and Ningbo became twin cities.

“We have seen a tremendous growth in trade and educational links over this period but there is huge potential for further development. Nottingham has a much greater presence in Ningbo and in China than our size would suggest. Ningbo itself is a city of more than seven million people, the fifth-largest port in the world.

“As well as informing companies about the trade mission and encouraging them to join it, this event will be a great opportunity for those who are already trading with China or who are developing a China strategy to exchange information and benefit from the expertise and experience that’s already been gained.”

Councillor Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth said: “If companies are trading with China or have ambitions to do so, this event could provide them with essential information to help them meet the unique challenges this poses. I am keen to see as many local companies as possible take full advantage of it.”