In China, we offer a key advantage: our relationship with the Jiangsu Province. The collaboration began in 1988 and it is based on the recognition by both sides that local governments must take a leading role in improving their areas by working with equally committed partners. This relationship encompasses trade, civic, education and cultural links. Over the twenty years of the relationship this has created enormous goodwill, political and practical support for Essex in many Jiangsu government departments and municipalities. The International Trade Team utilises these resources to identify inward investment leads and to help Essex businesses obtain local market knowledge, trade and investment leads and to set up well-targeted face-to-face meetings.
Our work in India started a couple of years ago. After two successful trade missions to the market, we have been able to develop strong links with local partners in the states of Maharashtra and Karnakata. Working directly with the British High Commission, we are able to offer Essex companies first hand up-to-date information from sector specialists on the ground in emerging cities such as Pune and Hyderabad or more consilidated markets such as Mumbai and Bangalore.
The International Trade Team leverages these links in both countries and focuses on helping Essex exporters become aware of potential opportunities, organising outward trade visits and incoming business delegations and working with partners to signpost Essex businesses to all programmes of support available for exporters. – less–ZoomInfo