Trip to China to develop business links and forge new agreements

Cllr Dick Madden & Madam Xu Donghong Essex International (EI), Essex County Council’s (ECC’s) international trade team, is currently on a business visit to China to further develop business links, sign agreements and renew business contracts between the East of England and China. The visit is the latest exchange in a relationship with Jiangsu Province going back almost 30 years and which has brought nearly £15 million into the Essex economy.

Essex International, and Cllr Dick Madden, Cabinet Member responsible for Adults and Children at Essex County Council, will meet business leaders and government departments within Nanjing, Hangzhou and Zhejiang. This is the first time Essex International has made an official visit to Zhejiang Province and the team will explore developing exchanges and new opportunities with the province.

Focussing on technological and medical trade opportunities

Medical IT conference The trip will focus on technological and medical trade opportunities between Essex and Jiangsu with Essex International and Cllr Madden meeting members of the medical profession as well as Jiangsu’s finance office, the Department for Commerce and the Department of Education.

Building economic and trade partnerships

Adrian Flowerday Docobo Medical IT conferenceDuring the visit Essex International will also meet the Vice Governor of Jiangsu to welcome him to Essex for the third meeting of the East of England-Jiangsu Joint Committee in December to discuss current projects and propose potential new areas of co-operation.

The Joint Committee was set up in 2014 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.

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.