Put a face and a story behind a name. We asked Stephanie to briefly explain her role. So grab a coffee and have a quick read.
I started working at Invest Liverpool as the China Co-ordinator in January 2016.
I first became interested in China after visiting the country on a school trip in 2006. I went on to study Chinese Studies at university, which included learning Mandarin. As part of my degree course I spent the 2nd year studying in Nanjing, China. In 2015 I lived in China for a further 6 months doing two internships in Beijing and Nanjing.
My main role as part of the Invest team is to work with Chinese delegations and individual investors to facilitate investment into all sectors of Liverpool and to encourage bilateral trade links between Liverpool and contacts from all over China. This includes organising events to give Liverpool based businesses a chance to network and start dialogues with both Chinese government officials and businesses. As part of the Liverpool China Partnership Committee I also actively promote the Liverpool City Region and the Isle of Man working to expand business links with China. My role also encompasses co-ordinating the many Chinese delegations who will be visiting the city for the International Festival of Business in June.
Last year the visit to Manchester by China’s President Xi and recent visits to China by the Chancellor George Osborne have re-invigorated Chinese interest in the Northern Powerhouse. Liverpool has a lot to offer potential investors, the comparatively lower cost of office space, land, and employee wages are just the tip of the iceberg. The combination of a culture rich city, with world-class universities and a highly skilled workforce provide the ideal environment for creativity to flourish. China as an academically focused society is looking to the West for new ideas and products to invest in. Many investors are looking to grow British companies in order to bring new products and services to both the UK and Chinese markets. Furthermore, the Chinese associate British brands with high quality and are eager to import quintessentially British products to China. In terms of imports and exports Liverpool’s port is also a huge advantage for direct trade with China’s major ports such as Shanghai and Hong Kong.