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  • Yantai: Opportunities for UK Businesses 04:21

    Yantai: Opportunities for UK Businesses

    Date created: Jan. 25, 2012

    Yantai, in Shandong Province, is some 400 kilometres south east of Beijing. It has a population of around 7 million. Shandong is China's biggest agricultural province in terms of output and growth. Foreign investment is encouraged, and there are many opportunities here for UK companies involved in a wide variety of agriculture-related industries. Yantai is well placed to benefit from the ambitious plans for Shandong province's economic expansion, and its coastal location, low pollution and pleasant climate make it a good location in which to live and work. This video is one of a 20 part series on China's regional cities. Each video shows the size and scale of the city, its overall attractiveness as a place to live and work, and introduces potential business opportunities. UK business interest in China has been focused on a few large established cities on or near the coast. However, these markets are maturing, competition is intensifying and costs are increasing. As a consequence companies are considering alternative locations for business expansion and development. Regional cities are fast becoming the target for local and foreign investment. The rapid rate of urbanisation, expansion and economic growth of these cities offers considerable opportunities across a wide range of industrial sectors and business activities. For more information on doing business in China, see our seven part 'Breaking the Barriers ' series, which introduces some of the business challenges faced by UK companies in China. Find out more about China's regional cities at - http://bit.ly/pNuxgJ Profiles of China's regional cities can be downloaded here - http://bit.ly/n44Zg5

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  • Qingdao: Opportunities for UK Businesses 05:33

    Qingdao: Opportunities for UK Businesses

    Date created: Jan. 25, 2012

    Qingdao is some 400 kilometres south east of Beijing. It's Shandong Province's main economic centre and one of its four major ports. Shandong is China's third most populous province, and also the third in terms of GDP. The interplay between the province's key cities, along with good transport links with the rest of China and, through its ports, with international markets, plus the diversity and dynamism of its economy, make it one of the most attractive areas in China for UK businesses. This video is one of a 20 part series on China's regional cities. Each video shows the size and scale of the city, its overall attractiveness as a place to live and work, and introduces potential business opportunities. UK business interest in China has been focused on a few large established cities on or near the coast. However, these markets are maturing, competition is intensifying and costs are increasing. As a consequence companies are considering alternative locations for business expansion and development. Regional cities are fast becoming the target for local and foreign investment. The rapid rate of urbanisation, expansion and economic growth of these cities offers considerable opportunities across a wide range of industrial sectors and business activities. For more information on doing business in China, see our seven part 'Breaking the Barriers ' series, which introduces some of the business challenges faced by UK companies in China. Find out more about China's regional cities at - http://bit.ly/pNuxgJ Profiles of China's regional cities can be downloaded here - http://bit.ly/n44Zg5

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  • Design in the DNA 09:08

    Design in the DNA

    Date created: Feb. 3, 2012

    What is the role of design in a 21st century business? For many people, that question may make them think about slick advertising campaigns and plush corporate headquarters. But design is not, and never was, just about image. Design - as practised by the world's most innovative companies - is a multi-skilled discipline that involves engineers, product innovators, brand wizards, technologists and even expert psychologists. Today, the "design thinking" that has turned the likes of Apple into a global leader is closely studied by top managers all around the world. Alasdair Ross discusses Design in the DNA: How a design ethos can drive business growth. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) report commissioned this report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report seeks to examine how design thinking might shape corporate strategy and drive business growth over the coming decade and finds that design is key to tackling big global issues.

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  • Design in the DNA: panel discussion 06:57

    Design in the DNA: panel discussion

    Date created: Feb. 3, 2012

    What is the role of design in a 21st century business? For many people, that question may make them think about slick advertising campaigns and plush corporate headquarters. But design is not, and never was, just about image. Design - as practised by the world's most innovative companies - is a multi-skilled discipline that involves engineers, product innovators, brand wizards, technologists and even expert psychologists. Today, the "design thinking" that has turned the likes of Apple into a global leader is closely studied by top managers all around the world. A panel of experts from the UK and Brazil examine how design thinking might shape corporate strategy and drive business growth over the coming decade and finds that design is key to tackling big global issues. With Alasdair Ross, Senior Editor EIU, Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of the London Design Festival, Paul Priestman, Director of Priestman Goode, Ricardo Abelheira, Design Manager, EMBRAER, and Charles Bezerra Executive director GAD' Innovation.

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  • Theo Paphitis at UKTI's Explore Asia Conference 01:49

    Theo Paphitis at UKTI's Explore Asia Conference

    Date created: Feb. 10, 2012

    UKTI's Asia Task Force are running a campaign to encourage UK businesses to export to Asia with practical business events around the country, in partnership with RBS. In these videos, you'll hear from real businesses and high profile speakers at our flagship "Explore Asia" conference about the opportunities for UK businesses in Asia, and their advice and tips for success in these markets. The Explore Asia conference on 9th Feb in partnership with RBS featured Theo Paphitis (Dragons' Den, Rymans and Boux Avenue), Tamara Mellon (founder of Jimmy Choo), BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders, RBS Group Chief Economist Andrew McLaughlin, Chris Dodson OBE of Torftech, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Green and Neil Bentley, Deputy Director General, CBI. For more information or if you have a great Asian export story to share, visit www.businessinasia.co.uk, join the UKTI Asia Task Force LinkedIn group http://linkd.in/AEiGCF, or follow them on Twitter @ukti_atf

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