Free Expert Panel Business Events – October & November 2008

Reserve your place in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, or Glasgow for one of the three China Expert Panel events running October and November organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

As a culmination of the ten month long China Now in Scotland festival, the Confucius Institute is organising three evening events for Scottish businesses. With sponsorship from the Confucius Institute, Arup Scotland and venue hosts, these events are offered at no charge. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win two business class return tickets to any destination in China served by Lufthansa.

Each event will operate under a well respected and high profile chair, whose own insight and experience will be enhanced by the panel members who will share their knowledge of doing business in or with China.

As the credit crunch bites and the economy wobbles, every business should consider its strategy to survive and flourish. Reserve your place today and come along to learn from the expertise of others whilst sharing your knowledge and concerns.

Click here for Information Flyer and Registration Form.

Click here to download a registration form in word which can be emailed back to reserve a place.

Dates, Venues, Timing

Edinburgh: Friday 31 October
Chair: Sir Richard Needham
Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

Sir Richard Needham is Director for International and Commercial affairs at Dyson and has been largely responsible for the development of the company`s overseas operations in Europe, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.

As Minister of Trade in the early 1990s, he overhauled and reinvigorated Britain`s export strategy. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1994 and knighted in 1997.

Doors open 4pm, business session begins 4.30pm
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

Click here to see the Edinburgh panel profile.

Aberdeen: Wednesday 05 November
Chair: the Right Honourable John Prescott
Venue: Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Deputy Prime Minister from May 97-June 2007, John Prescott chaired the China Task Force from 2003-2007 working to forge increased co-operation between the UK and China in the fields of education, international development, health, trade and investment, science, culture and sustainable development.

Doors open 6pm business session begins 6.30pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

Perthshire: Thursday 06 November
Chair: Peter Budd, Chairman, Arup Scotland
Venue: Edrington Distillers, West Kinfauns, Perthshire, PH2 7XZ

THIS EVENT IN PERTH HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

A civil engineer to profession, Peter is chair of Arup Scotland and vice-chair of the China-Britain Business Council. With the significant contracts his company has in China, he is a frequent visitor to China where Arup`s contracts include work on Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, the Bird`s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube.

Doors open 5.30pm business session begins at 6pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session

Glasgow: Thursday 13 November
Chair: Sir David Brewer,(prov) Senior Consultant, Asia – International Financial Services
Due to commitments either side of the scheduled event it has not been possible for Sir David to travel up and down to Glasgow to take part in this event. An alternative chair will be arranged.
Venue: University of Glasgow

Doors open 6pm business session begins at 6.30pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session

Details of panel members will be added to the website as the panels are confirmed.

Click here for Information Flyer and Registration Form.
Click here to download a registration form in word which can be emailed back to reserve a place.