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Old March 7th, 2012, 06:44 PM   #41
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Sam Wa were the delegates at the Town Hall yesterday. Their representative was quite tidy as it happens
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Old March 12th, 2012, 12:31 AM   #42
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http://www.britishchamber.cn/content...g-blocks-trade

The Building Blocks of Trade




By the end of 2013, northwest England should have a new international trade centre full of Chinese goods ready for sale into the European market, all thanks to the initiative of CBBC member The Peel Group.
Lindsey Ashworth had this particular flash of inspiration returning from one of his many China visits, this time to the Yiwu trade centre which hosts 60,000 businesses holding year-round product displays to attract both domestic and international buyers. Intrigued, Ashworth decided to create a European centre, closer to one of China’s largest export markets.

Ashworth had also become increasingly impressed with the growing quality of Chinese-made goods. A trade centre in Europe would help to promote the right reputation of Chinese manufacturers globally. He draws comparison with another one-time cheap manufacturer. “For years, Japan’s products were known for their poor quality before they decided to go upmarket,” he notes. “It took Japan decades to come to this realisation. China has an opportunity to accelerate that process.”

By the time Ashworth had disembarked in Manchester, the idea had evolved into a clear business prospect. By the end of 2013 this centre should be open for business.

Peel’s Ambition

A leading UK infrastructure, transport and real estate company with a special northwest focus, the Peel Group owns – among other things – Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, Manchester’s? Trafford Centre, Salford’s MediaCityUK and the Manchester Ship Canal. The Peel Group has already acquired planning permission to build an international trade centre on17 million square feet of Wirral’s derelict docklands, the other side of the Mersey from Liverpool.
This international trade centre will enable companies from around the world to exhibit, sell, assemble and distribute their products into the UK and Europe. The £200 million project will be divided into four phases, with its initial phase focusing on Chinese business.

The project has also found favour with the UK government, since it supports exports as well as help contribute towards local regeneration. Mersey Waters, which includes the Wirral site, has been designated one of the four “Enterprise Zones” in the UK.

Securing a Chinese Partner

However, while Peel had the capacity and the financial resources to build the project on its own, securing cooperation of a Chinese partner would mean not only investment but also access to and vetting of Chinese businesses keen to take in the centre.
Another draw to any Chinese partner, besides the links between twin cities Liverpool and Shanghai, is the region’s historical reputation as an industrial and trading hub since the 19th century. The area is also home to two of the world’s biggest football clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, both of which arguably have more supporters in China than in the UK.

Peel’s partner is the Zhangyin-based Sam Wa Minerals, who, although their primary business is mining, was keen to participate in the trade centre. The company has offered half the total investment and is currently lining up and/or screening potential tenants. “We are looking for a good mix of tenants, those that are likely to pay, likely to stay and likely to have products that appeal to the European market,” explains Lindsey Ashworth. Peel is also sounding out Chinese banks about lending towards the project.

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The next steps will involve securing commitment from prospective tenants. Peel Group has developed a sophisticated e-book and website that serve as a targeted marketing campaign containing information about business in the UK, visas, immigration, taxes and establishing companies, as well as Britain’s living and working conditions.
Peel hopes that the international trading hub will generate Chinese interest in their other area projects. Their extraordinarily ambitious scheme of development is worth around £50 billion over the next half-century and stretches over 50 miles to help create what the company calls the “Atlantic Gateway.”
“The trade centre is a test case. The banks are interested because they are looking at our future projects. We believe we are an ideal partner; the Chinese appreciate that we are privately owned and can take decisions quickly. We also own the land and have the vision for massive development,” says Ashworth. “The potential is enormous.”

Take Note

As a unique project, the International Trade Centre involves specific considerations. Nevertheless, some axioms apply across the board for any UK company keen on doing business with China. Lindsey Ashworth offers three immediate lessons:
“Don’t go with preconceived ideas. When I went first, people told me that the Chinese had no sense of humour and did not drink; I found exactly the opposite!
“Make sure you are able to visit regularly and show your face. Just using emails doesn’t work.
“Build up trust. Don’t expect things to happen overnight. In my case, I have been holding regular meetings with Stella Shiu, my opposite number in Sam Wa, for close to two years. Each meeting advances that feeling of understanding and trust.”
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Old March 12th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #43
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Old March 12th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #46
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Id be interested to know what the later phases will include, as £200m would buy you about 5 kilometres worth of warehousing along the waterfront if it all looked like that. Good investment though.
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Old May 7th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #47
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Could be an interesting development? http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/...9623-30915550/
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 12:29 AM   #48
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Deal clinches 'Shanghai-style' scheme for Liverpool region
by Nick Webster. Published Mon 21 May 2012 19:21

The dream of seeing a major Chinese investment on the banks of the River Mersey will take a major step forward with the signing of a deal in Bejing.

Wirral Council’s newly elected Leader Cllr Phil Davies will East to witness a deal to develop the Peel International Trade Centre (ITC) at Wirral Waters.

The signing of the joint venture agreement between Peel Holdings and Sam Wa Minerals will see building work begin on the Birkenhead docklands site early in 2013.

Cllr Davies, along with Cllr Jeff Green, Leader of the Conservative Group, and Cllr Tom Harney, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, will meet Chinese investors and representatives from Suzhou and Taicang - Wirral’s 'sister cities' - before attending the signing of the agreement on Tuesday 29th May in Beijing.

The deal will represent the largest single Chinese investment into the UK and will be witnessed by senior representatives from both the British and Chinese Governments.

Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies said: “Signing this agreement represents a hugely significant milestone in the history of the £4.5bn Wirral Waters project.

"The International Trade Centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and represents an investment of £175m by Peel and its partners in China. It will create upwards of 3000 jobs and will be the catalyst for further investment in the wider Wirral Waters site.

"A lot of work has gone into getting us to this point. It is why the Council has always supported Peel in their efforts to attract Chinese investment and will continue to do so.

"The benefits to Wirral’s economy and our residents from such a major investment and the jobs it will create mean that there is no more important priority for me as I begin my Leadership of the Council."

The ITC is a four-phased development totalling in excess of 2.5 million square feet with plans to enable up to 1,000 separate companies from China, India, South Korea or other emerging economies, to exhibit, sell, assemble and distribute their goods into the UK.

Each building will comprise individual trade showroom units, storage and assembly facilities, serviced offices, a flexible exhibition space and ancillary services.

Lindsay Ashworth, Development Director at Peel said: "Wirral Council has had the courage and vision to work with us to develop links with China. The work we have done together is now reaping significant rewards – rewards that will see the Wirral Waters vision coming to fruition and much needed jobs and regeneration delivered.

"National and local Government support is crucial when conducting negotiations in China. I am very pleased that the Leaders of all three Groups will be supporting this important signing and would like to thank them for their invaluable support to date.”

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Old May 22nd, 2012, 02:56 PM   #49
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Excellent news.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 01:23 PM   #50
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Dunno if this has already been posted somewhere but... a video flythrough of the site http://vimeo.com/ruststudio/peelitcv1e
dodgy music aside its a good vid!

I didn't realise it would have 2 floors of 'showrooms' so presumably that's at least 640 jobs? 2 people working in each?

I like the anchors outside the entrance too, hopefully that's an actual idea an not just a bit of colour for the video.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 07:33 PM   #51
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Thanks for the link

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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:16 AM   #52
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I'd say some of the staff in the 'showrooms' may be Chinese delegates although there could be local employees too, to assist...
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Old May 24th, 2012, 02:38 PM   #53
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Realise this ITC is all about selling Chinese goods, but I'm pretty sure there will be UK services required, such as commercial contract lawyers, distribution/logistics, warehousing, and financial services required at the UK end..

Must admit, the real prize would be engineering/innovation joint ventures, so there is a bit of two way traffic. If local manufacturers can get together with Chinese manufacturers in the business space/meeting rooms then this could happen.
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I suppose "west Float" is now a construction site? sunday 27 May
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Wirral International Trade Centre multi-million pound deal signed in Beijing

A MULTIMILLION pound deal to local the UK's first international trade centre in Wirral has been signed in Beijing.

he signing ceremony was the culmination of a 10-day trip by Wirral Council's political leaders to support Peel Holdings, who are behind the venture planned for the Birkenhead dockland.

Labour Council leader Phil Davies led the council's delegation, including Tory leader Jeff Green and Lib Dem Tom Harney to present a show of political unity to the Chinese investors.

Cllr Davies said the signing 'is a milestone in the development of the international trade centre.'

Speaking from China yesterday, he said: "This afternoon I spoke to over 100 Chinese businesses who are already demonstrating real commitment to locating in Wirral. This demonstrates our ambitions for proactively pursuing Chinese investment and will yield direct benefits for our local economy and the people of Wirral."

The £200m ITC project will be a 50-50 equity partnership between Peel Holdings and Sam Wa Minerals and is thought to be the biggest Chinese investment in a scheme of this type in the UK.

Stella Shiu, described as 'a high ranking member of the Chinese government' as well as chairman of Sam Wa Minerals, said: "The timing of this project is excellent as Chinese businesses are being encouraged to move out and invest overseas."

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Did the Chinese choose Wirral as a result of the Expo?

Did Wirral contribute any money towards the Expo?
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Not sure, but Peel certainly did and Wirral waved through Wirral Waters for them quicker than you can blink, so they get the reflected glory.
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