CBI member Huawei announced that Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the U.K. Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, attended the closing ceremony of its undergraduate programme ‘Seeds for the Future’.
As part of Baroness Neville-Rolfe’s visit to China, the IP Minister and members of the U.K. Intellectual Property Office and other delegates met with Huawei’s Council General, Dr. Song Liu Ping, to learn more about Huawei’s strategy and achievements to date in IP.
The visiting party was also given a tour of the Huawei R&D centre and headquarters campus. As part of Huawei’s work to address the gap in STEM skills, Seeds for the Future provides U.K. undergraduates with the opportunity to travel to China, learn about Huawei’s international business culture and values, and receive ICT training from some of the best professionals in the industry.
The undergraduates also had the opportunity to work alongside Tsinghua University students and hear from organisations including the British Council and other major multinationals to learn more about their business operations in China. This year, 40 U.K. undergraduates from 16 leading U.K. universities participated in this month-long programme. Huawei has now implemented its Seeds Programme in 80 countries.
Since 2011, Huawei has provided 134 U.K. undergraduates with the opportunity to learn about China and to experience the development and business application of cutting-edge technologies in Huawei’s global HQ in Shenzhen.
Please find attached below the latest CBI Member Success Summary for August 2016. More than 37 CBI members are referenced covering sectors as diverse as Speedo swimwear to Universities. A full interactive summary document can be found at the bottom of the company list.
CBI member Rolls-Royce won a US$1.5 billion order from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft.
The order also includes long-term TotalCare engine support services. The aircraft are in addition to the 51 Trent 700 powered A330s that China Eastern Airlines already operates. The Trent 700 delivers the best fuel burn, emissions, and noise performance, resulting in market leadership on the aircraft.
The engine has won 70% of new orders over the last five years and accounts for a similar percentage on future A330 deliveries. Rolls-Royce currently has more than 1,600 installed engines on the A330s worldwide, with a market share of close to 90% in Greater China.
China Eastern Airlines also has 20 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on order. The aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient civil large engine in service.
Andrew Heyn OBE was appointed as the new British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Non-Resident Consul-General to Macao.
Mr. Heyn will succeed Caroline Wilson CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. He will take up his appointment in September 2016. Mr. Heyn joined the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989 and served in Caracas, Lisbon, and Dublin before his most recent overseas posting as Ambassador to Burma.
After leaving Burma in 2013, he returned to a role at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Heyn said, “I am very honoured to be given this opportunity to experience the extraordinary vitality of Hong Kong at first hand.
The new Foreign Secretary has talked about creating a new identity for the U.K. abroad – a Global Britain which is open for business, committed to peace and security, and a leading supporter of the international rules-based system. Our relationship with Hong Kong will be a key part of this process with our longstanding ties across so many different spheres.”
CBI member The University of Lincoln announced that a neighbourhood in Lincoln was transformed into a street fashion studio and catwalk through a collaboration between local residents and designers from the University of Lincoln.
More than 100 residents from the Sincil Bank area got involved in the Street Fashion project, which offered them the opportunity to try their hand at printing on fabrics and designing and making items of clothing at the event.
The final pieces were showcased in a community fashion show. All items used to create the garments were found locally, using up-cycled everyday pieces, including a scrap car door and an abandoned ironing board, to create unique, eye-catching prints.
The event, organised by Dave Bramston, Programme Leader for the MA International Design Enterprise (MAIDE) in the School of Architecture and Design, and student Miyoung Jang, is the second of its kind, following on from the success of an original project run by the University in Liu Village in Guangzhou. Mr. Bramston said, “The three-day project in the Chinese village attracted more than 150 residents and involved them in printing, making, and modelling their work.
The response was unexpected and inspiring. When we were invited back to China to conduct more street fashion projects in other Chinese villages, we decided it would also be good to replicate the concept in Lincoln with the aim of bringing our own communities together. Anyone who printed a fabric was able to name that specific print for future reference, and eventually there may be opportunity to connect the Chinese and Lincoln communities with an international street fashion show.
The City Council invited all residents in Sincil Bank to the show, which was a huge success. We are already looking at possible spring, summer, autumn, and winter collections and shows.
On 23 August 2016, Tencent, the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), and the International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China (IPCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further the protection of IP on Weixin, China’s leading social communication platform.
More than 806 million people use Weixin and its sister app, WeChat, both in and out of China. The signing was witnessed by U.K. Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe as part of her official annual visit to China.
The MOU between Tencent, the CBBC, and the IPCC is the product of shared common interests and objectives regarding intellectual property protection and was arrived at following extensive communication and exchange. Through the signing of this agreement, the three parties expressed their intent to work together towards their shared objectives over the coming months and years.
CBI member British Airways boosted its network between China and the U.K. with a new partnership with China Eastern Airlines, one of the three major airlines in mainland China.
Under the agreement, customers of China Eastern Airlines are now able to buy tickets for onward connections to seven cities in the U.K., namely Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, and Newcastle with British Airways, with a China Eastern Airlines flight number added to the sectors.
By the same token, British Airways customers flying to China can connect to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Chongqing with the Shanghai-based airline. These tickets are now available for booking on ba.com, with a British Airways flight number added to the sectors.
British Airways currently operates direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu to London.
What’s more, British Airways customers flying to the five Chinese cities leveraging the new code-sharing facilitation will have the additional benefit of earning Avios loyalty points on the China Eastern sectors.
Richard Tams, British Airways’ Executive Vice President for China, said, “The U.K. is home to such a unique blend of incredible cultural heritage, modern innovations, as well as marvelous shopping and sight-seeing delights, we are ready to welcome more Chinese travellers to the U.K. to see for themselves. This agreement not only opens up further the China market to our U.K. customers, but also gives our China-based air travellers access to our extensive network in the U.K.”
He added, “With an extensive worldwide network and a reputation for great customer service, China Eastern Airlines is a partner of choice for British Airways. Our collaboration will allow us to serve an even bigger spectrum of the blooming outbound travellers from China.”
CBI member The University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce announced that they are joining forces with the Sheffield University Confucius Institute and other partners to establish a world-class Sheffield Confucius Business Gateway for China in the North of England.
In the week prior to the University of Sheffield’s announcement, the Sheffield City Council announced a 60-year partnership, worth £1 billion, with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, marking the largest investment by China in the U.K. outside London.
CBI member Pentland Brands announced that Speedo had launched its brand new website, speedo.com.cn, for the Chinese market, representing a new form of brand content and e-commerce integration for Speedo.
The preparation for this strategic launch day spanned across 18 months, involving many Speedo teams from Nottingham, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, as well as teams from Pentland Brands in both London and Hong Kong.
China stands to be a great opportunity for Speedo’s market growth between now and 2020 as the country’s swim market and swim participation are growing rapidly.
The website is the first of its kind for both Speedo and Pentland Brands as the website features a new approach to an e-commerce infrastructure, blending brand content, social media features, and e-commerce functionality, making it the first Speedo brand commerce site worldwide. The logistics, customer service, IT, and e-commerce teams all worked hard together over the last year and a half for the website, which is designed to display seamlessly across mobile, tablet, or desktop.