The ninth Chester Forum entitled “The Marco Polo Initiative – Reflections on Internationalisation, Sustainability and Key Challenges Facing SME’s: Now and post Brexit” was held at Churchill House on the University of Chester’s Queen’s Park Campus on Wednesday 18th July 2018.
The proceedings were opened by Dr Fran Hulbert, Chairman of Chester Forum and University Business Advisory Council and Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director of the University of Chester’s Business Research Institute and China Centre.
Dr Hulbert welcomed the delegates and guests in an opening speech which set the scene for the day ahead. Simultaneous translations were given throughout the day.
Delegates from China and UK received presentations and took part in discussions within four main topics:
- Review of the Economy, Brexit, Politics, International Economy and Partnerships with China
- Reflections on Developing Business and Entrepreneurship in China and the UK: Exports, Investment, Tourism Trends and Issues
- Developing Business:Open Panel Session to explore potential collaboration and sharing experiences chaired by Mr Robert Ellis, Director, Ellis and Co; Discussant Professor Paul Manning, University of Chester Business School
- Open Panel Session to explore potential collaboration and sharing experiences chaired by Dr Wing Lam, Business Research Institute; Discussants: Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director, Business Research Institute, University of Chester, Professor Danny Moss, Director, Centre for Corporate & Public Affairs and University of Chester Business School.