London mayor Boris Johnson has opened a new scheme called the Mayor’s International Business Programme, which will support fast-growth SMEs in the capital that plan to scale overseas.

Launched on 2 February, the programme will support companies in tech, life sciences and urban sectors. It comes after the mayor pumped £285,000 into 20 creative enterprise projects in September 2015.

Full story here.

Read more: SME global International Business Programme for London

Sponsors to fund five small business trade missions run by EN

With UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) having to cope with budget cuts of £42m over the next four years, small business network Enterprise Nation (EN) has stepped in to run some of the smaller trade missions in 2016 that would otherwise have been dropped.

Full story on Business Matters website.


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Around 30 people gathered at the Oxford Science Park on Thursday 26th November to hear talks from Dr Tim Watkin, a patent attorney at Marks & Clerk, Alison Haill (host) from Oxford Professional Consulting, Helen Simpson from UKTI and Maggie Ma from MOLAES Chinese Business Consultancy.

Unfortunately Jenny Plaister-Ten of 10 Consulting was unable to speak due to illness but Alison Haill ably deputised with the help of Jenny's slides.

Topics covered ranged from the cultural differences toward intellectual property to the practical issues of doing business in the ASEAN region.

Attendees enjoyed an excellent meal after the talks and the panel session and networking continued long into the evening. We are exceptionally grateful to Marks & Clerk for their support with this event and hope that the attendees found the event worthwhile.

Read more: ASEAN Event summary - November 2015

Maggie (Maiqi) Ma - OIBC Steering Committee

By Maiqi Ma, 29 Oct 2015

 ‘At the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, His Excellency President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China undertook a State Visit to the UK from 19 to 23 October 2015. His visit opens a golden era in UK-China relations featuring enduring, inclusive and win-win cooperation.’ (

Despite the wishes of both governments to take the UK/China relationship to ‘ambitious new heights’; despite the effort of numerous individuals and organisations to ensure success; despite the £30 billion worth of trade and investment deals and thousands of job opportunities, many raucous and hostile voices within British society, mainstream media and the tabloid press have been raised in protest against this.

From accusations of global steel dumping, and the clichéd ‘Human…

Read more: To the British people, from a Chinese person


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