China trip to broker multi-million pound investment

East of England-Jiangsu Joint CommitteeEssex International (EI), Essex County Council’s (ECC’s) international trade team, is currently on a business visit to China to boost links between the East of England and China’s Jiangsu province which could lead to millions of pounds of investment in Essex.

Essex International, and Cllr Kevin Bentley (Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth at Essex County Council), will meet business leaders and Government departments within Nanjing, Changzhou city, Wuxi city, Suzhou city and Shanghai where agreements will be signed to renew business contracts and set up new deals between Essex and China.

Meeting with the East of England-Jiangsu Joint Committee

Governor Li Xueyong & David Finch Leader of Essex County CouncilThe trip will also see the second meeting of the East of England-Jiangsu Joint Committee to discuss co-operation initiatives. The Joint Committee was set up last year following the visit of Jiangsu Governor Li Xueyong to Essex to promote two-way investment and trade in the areas of science and technology, education, culture, health, social care, environment protection and sustainable development.

“The links between Essex and Jiangsu have now been in place for 26 years, and have developed from a cultural and educational tie to an important economic and trade partnership.

We have in many ways been ahead of the game in terms of building an ongoing relationship with China, and have seen real tangible benefits from this relationship, bringing around £14 million pounds into the Essex economy, and in recent years broadening of these links to include Suffolk and Norfolk.

Jiangsu is a large province and many sectors based there, such as Medtech and advanced technology match industry here in Essex and the rest of the East of England. Through this trip we will be looking to forge a new partnership that will help Essex hi-tech businesses receive grant funding to form R&D collaborations with Jiangsu businesses.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth, Essex County Council

Business with China as a result of Essex-China links

Phoenix Publishing Group, Essex The Jiangsu-Essex relationship has already seen a number of Essex based business such as e2V and VitalCare expand into the Chinese market, whilst companies such as China’s largest publishing company, Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, has opened its UK headquarters in Basildon.

About Essex International

Essex International works with companies and organisations to help them make the most of the opportunities of a UK and Chinese market across a number of specific business themes . . .

  • Export to China – we connect your company to interested buyers in China
  • Inward Investment from China – we help UK regions attract inward investment
  • Student Recruitment in China- we help recruit students from China for universities, colleges and schools
  •  Development of Chinese Professionals – we provide training to Chinese professionals through UK professional training institutions

Essex International also manages the long standing East of England-Jiangsu partnership on behalf of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, helping businesses, schools, universities, vocational colleges, museums, cities and regions develop profitable partnerships. This has increased exports to China and attracted new inward investment to the East of England.

See here for more information on services offered by Essex International.

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

+44 (0) 7907 025 155


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.