How to improve trade with China

One of Scotland's leading businessmen will provide an insight to conducting trade with China, in the second of four lectures on the subject.

Jim McColl, the Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers will give an analysis of doing business with China, the world's second largest economy.

Mr McColl has established Clyde Blowers as an international business conglomerate, with a portfolio of companies operating in over 25 countries and employing over 5,000 people.

The talk is the second of four lectures organised by the University of Edinburgh’s Confucius Institute for Scotland.

As China’s economic importance increases, these talks will provide an insight into understanding how trade opportunities for Scottish firms can be best developed.

Following Jim McColl's presentation, David Nish, CEO of Standard Life and Peter Budd, chairman of Arup Scotland, will deliver lectures.

We need to understand China's social fabric, its networks and hierarchies, and where decision-making lies, so we can play an active role in shaping the way business is conducted in China today. These lectures by leading China experts in the business community give access to such knowledge and insights to the "real business" with China.

Professor Natascha GentzDirector, The Confucius Institute for Scotland

The lectures are the idea of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s recently established Business Advisory Group, which aims to provide insight into the dynamics of the global context in which the Scotland-China business relationship exists.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland, established at the University of Edinburgh in 2005, is committed to the promotion and development of Chinese language and culture. Key objectives include the development of effective Chinese-Scottish business, cultural and academic links.

Details on the programme for autumn 2012 can be found here.