Essex
International

We find the right route to China for businesses. For nearly 30 years we have been helping Chinese and UK organisations connect and work together.

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We focus on answering the question ‘is there a market in China for my product or service?’ and then we concentrate on introducing you to interested Chinese buyers.

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A significant opportunity, China’s economy is the 2nd largest in the world

INVEST Essex
INVEST Essex

Helping businesses to establish a foothold in the UK and European markets. Promoting the opportunities of a location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent links to Europe to companies in the UK, Europe and globally.

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Essex Enterprise Centres
Essex Enterprise Centres

Providing a flexible, stimulating and supportive business environment for companies, typically micro and small, looking to take their first steps into occupying premises. Our Enterprise centres are located in Basildon, Clacton and Ongar.

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Essex Innovation Programme
Essex Innovation Programme

Helping companies, both early stage and established, to develop their creative and innovative commercial development ideas. Providing experienced professional private sector support to help businesses to grow and commercialise their innovative ideas.

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Essex International
Essex International

Helping companies and organisations to access the Chinese market.  Providing unique access through an exclusive 27-year relationship with the Jiangsu province in China.  Essex International have the right connections to help businesses to export, pursue partnerships, the right expertise and in market presence develop connections and partnerships and the right experience to help organisations increase their presence in the Chinese market.  

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Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

+44 (0) 7907 025 155

Biography

Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.

Zheng Ruifeng
Zheng Ruifeng

China Chief Representative

+86 (0) 25 8662 3332

Biography

Zheng Ruifeng heads up our China office in Nanjing, providing market research and business introduction services to international companies seeking new buyers in China.  Zhen Wenjing has a rich knowledge of how to reach real customers in a wide range of Chinese industry sectors.

Ge Jing
Ge Jing

Senior Professional Training Manager

+44 (0) 7789 187661

Biography

Ge Jing heads up our team providing development and training for Chinese government civil servants. Ge Jing draws on her previous experience of working for a Chinese provincial government department to provide Essex International’s business and local government clients with advice on how to manage and develop government relations, which is often a key aspect of doing business in China.

Paul White
Paul White

Senior Export Services Manager

+44 (0) 7738 885007

Biography

Paul leads our export team. He has lived and worked in China for many years and now works with companies to help put their products and services into the Chinese market. Paul works with businesses in the UK to identify their China-specific USPs and then identify interested buyers in China, with our China-based team. 

Lin Perry
Lin Perry

Senior Investment Services Manager

+44 (0) 7740 900359

Biography

Lin Perry heads up our inward investment team, helping UK companies to source investment from China and assisting Chinese companies to land in the UK.  Lin has previously worked in China for an inward investment promotion agency and as a professional translator.