China: so much more than just trade

Caption: Just add friends. Good food will do the rest

I am sat with three friends around a table at a local restaurant in Wuhan, China. The table itself is round of course, with a circular glass plate, laden with dishes, rotating slowly at its centre. Our bowls are blessed with delicious food, our glasses are full, our chopsticks are busy, friendly conversation fills the small private dining room, and the world is put to ...

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‘CAMBRIDGE NOTES’: one British family’s love affair with China over 140 years and 6 generations

Ashwell, Herts.
15 November 2019

Dear Friends

Re: Publication of Cambridge Notes, promoting friendly exchange between Wuhan and Britain

It gives me great pleasure to announce publication of ‘Cambridge Notes’, a book written by renowned Hubei author and journalist Mr YU Tantan of the Yangtze River Daily. Mr YU uses my family’s long association with Wuhan and China over a period of 140 years and spanning 6 generations to illustrate the power of friendly cross-cultural exchange ...

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UK-China oncology Mission comes to Wuhan

November 2019 is an important date for international science in Wuhan: it was the date when the UK-China Oncology Mission came to town, placing Wuhan firmly on the map as a key location for UK technology companies.

The mission was organised by the UK Department for International Trade with assistance from CBBC and Window-on-Wuhan – a program designed to raise awareness of Wuhan in the UK. Attendees included three key UK cancer institutions (The Christie Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital and the ...

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Another free lunch in China?

It was at about this time of year, seven years ago, that I set off on a journey that was to prove transformational for my business and for my life: I made my first trip to China.

So now I am hoping to persuade others to embark on their own China journey as we support the UK Government’s upcoming “Oncology Mission to China” in October. This is a business matching trip set up to establish new relationships between UK and Chinese ...

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What is it REALLY like to run the London Marathon?

Most of you know by now that I have proved conclusively that couch potato to Marathon finish line CAN be achieved, from a reclining start, in a period of 6 months. But only just.

Last Saturday evening I caught the train down to London, waved off by my darling wife and youngest daughter at the station.

I was destined for a tiny hotel in Docklands – close enough to the Marathon start point for me to be sure that ...

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I CAN run a marathon!

Today I proved something extraordinary to myself: even I – non-running, unfit, couch potato well into his late 50s – am capable of running a marathon, and I know it for certain.

For me, that is amazing. So how do I know?

Late in 2018 I signed up to the London Marathon 2019 as a member of the Dementia Revolution team. My wife tells me that it always takes a ‘The’ to motivate me, as in: The Virgin Money London Marathon, or ...

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George Freeman MP supports new China:UK link

This week saw the launch of the Window-on-Wuhan Program in Cambridge UK, led by British entrepreneurs Dr Simon Haworth, Richard Leaver and team.

The Launch Event included senior government delegates from Wuhan in Hubei Province, China, and a Key Note speech by former Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP.

In his speech, Freeman celebrated the power of UK innovation and the unique, creative talents of Cambridge. Match Cambridge innovation with the extraordinary business ecosystem of Wuhan, delivered through a safe ‘soft landing point’ for ...

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A ‘sure thing’ funding pitch in China

I am back in Wuhan, Hubei Province, pitching for grant money.

Wuhan Biolake, two hours flight time west of Shanghai, runs an annual funding competition called ‘The 3551 Scheme for Talents’, providing ‘free money’ to enterprises that bring high quality technology and technical knowledge to Wuhan.

chinaProvinces-704548The 3551 competition is a fantastically successful program and is worth entering, if anyone is interested. Winners gain up to £500k in cash for use ...

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Chinese business award for Dr Haworth

Illustration: the 2015 Yellow Crane Friendship Award winners, including Doctor Simon Haworth (3rd from right), presented by Wan Yong, the Mayor of Wuhan city (centre).

Dynasty Biotechnology and CompanDX are delighted to report that Dr Simon Haworth has been awarded the Yellow Crane Friendship Award in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The award represents the highest honour that can be given to a non Chinese national in Wuhan and is awarded in recognition of an individual’s contribution regarding investment and trade, ...

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