We support business, local government and community bodies in developing links with China through language training, cultural immersion and networking.

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UK-China Business Briefing

The UK-China Business Briefing is an annual event which takes place at Lancaster University with the aim to bring together inspiring people in forums such as this to explore the insights, opportunities and challenges of business cooperation between the UK and China.

The next UK-China Business Briefing will take place on Thursday 23 May 2024.

UK time: From 1.45pm to 5.45pm. Followed by a Business Briefing Dinner, please scroll down for dinner registration details.

Venue: Lancaster University Management School

Opening by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Engagement Sarah Kemp with Consul General of the PRC in Manchester, Mr Tang Rui, in attendance.


  • UK-China Relations and Business Opportunities
  • Seizing New Opportunities in UK and China Business

There will also be networking opportunities.


To see the speakers and to register for the next UK-China Business Briefing, please click on the links below:

Business Briefing Dinner

The dinner will take place at approximately 6pm at Lancaster University.

Registration has now closed for the Business Briefing Dinner.

Dinner registration

Company stall at UK-China Business Briefing

The UK-China Business Briefing will take place on 23 May 2024 in the Lancaster University Management School.

The event is open to business people and students.

Registration has now closed for the company stalls.

Company stall registration

Previous UK-China Business Briefings

2023: Doing business with China​: Opportunities and Challenges

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2022: Working in and with China

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Intercultural Business Communication Training

Communication in a different culture is more than speaking a language. We run short workshops and longer courses to help businesses across the North West overcome the challenges of working in a different culture.

Workshops are run by Lancaster University academics including Dr Amily Wang Guenier who teaches this subject as part of the Intercultural Communication Master's degree at Lancaster University.

Our training can be tailored to the needs of your business, whether you are preparing for one meeting or for a longer trip to China.

Bespoke sessions can include cross-cultural communication. Topics can cover working procedures, strategies to interact effectively in English, business-to-business relationships, management and teamworking in intercultural teams.

We also offer consultation services, pre-departure group briefings and can provide Chinese business communication representatives.

We can run a short lunchtime session, an intensive one-day session or a longer series of workshops. These can take place in your office or here at Lancaster University Confucius Institute, in groups or one-to-one.

We are also able to offer Chinese language for business at any level. For those who would like to take their Chinese language learning further, we are an official Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test centre. These formal language qualifications are recognised worldwide.

For more information about Intercultural Business Communication Training, please email .

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Asia Careers Fair

Our fair is held in Autumn each year in collaboration with Lancaster University Management School and Lancaster University Careers.

International and local businesses can recruit high-calibre graduates with Chinese language skills and an understanding of the global job market, for roles in the UK, Europe or Asia.

A wide range of companies take part, from multinational corporations to innovative startups, from sectors as varied as finance, education, technology, healthcare and catering.

Students from a wide range of subject areas have the chance to interact with recruiters, learn about potential career paths and gain insights into the skills and qualifications sought by employers.

The fair is also a platform for professionals to enhance their visibility in the North West business community and foster international industry connections with those already working in China.

Connections can be made with undergraduates seeking work placements and our alumni community who are already forging international careers.

If you are a business that would be interested in having a stall at the next Asia Careers Fair, please email Dr Amily Wang Guenier:

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