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30 Mar Catering businesses from China look to Royal Albert Dock

A business agreement to set up a training centre for chefs to learn traditional Chinese cookery has been signed at a seminar held at Royal Albert Dock.

More than 20 delegates from catering businesses from across China attended the seminar along with a further 15 London-based business leaders in a half-day event hosted by Royal Albert Dock Developer ABP.

Amongst those who witnessed the signing ceremony at Compressor House were Councillor Joy Laguda, Chair of Newham Council, Counsellor Li Hui from the Chinese Embassy in London, and John Miu, ABP London’s Chief Operating Officer.

John Miu said: “The UK’s stable political and economic system, and its comprehensive legal system and highly skilled labour force mean Britain is a great place to invest. ABP’s Royal Albert Dock Development is the ideal location for businesses from China looking to locate here.”

The seminar, which examined the business opportunities in London for Chinese companies looking to locate in the UK, was organised by Jiang Junxian and Thomas Chan DL from the UK-China Cuisine Association.

Jiang Junxian said, “The Chinese cuisine market in London has tremendous potential and it is good to hear some of the delegates express their willingness in choosing Royal Albert Dock as the first destination when they go west.”

The seminar was the key activity of the 9-day visit organised by the national trade network of catering businesses in China. The aim of the visit was to promote Chinese cuisine in the Europe and to research the market potential.

It was part of the Chinese government’s initiative to promote Chinese catering brands to overseas markets and it is hoped that the training centre will assist in raising the standards and reputation of Chinese cuisine in the UK. More talks are planned to determine how and when the centre will be established.

Thomas Chan, Chairman of UK Chinese Catering Association, addressed the delegates and said he believes the training centre will also increase UK-China business exchanges.

Notes to Editor:
According to London and Partners, the Mayor of London’s International Promotion Agency, London’s 11,000 catering enterprises earn 27.5% of the annual income of Britain’s catering industry. Chinese cuisine has become more popular than Indian cuisine in the past few years.

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About ABP Royal Albert Dock

The ABP Royal Albert Dock development will become London’s third business and financial district, after the City of London and Canary Wharf, and will be a hub for businesses from Asia looking to reach new markets in Europe and for European companies seeking to do business with them and expand into the Far East. The 4.7 million sq. ft. (437,000 sq. metres) development comprises mainly offices but with residential, retail and public realm.

The £1 billion project next to London’s City Airport has generated widespread interest with support from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the UK central Government. ABP, the company behind the project, is a Chinese developer with a strong track record in China of taking areas in need of regeneration and transforming them into vibrant and successful business districts. The first phase of the project will be completed in 2018 at the same time that London’s high-speed rail link, Crossrail, opens nearby. It will create up to 20,000 new jobs and it is estimated it will be worth £1 billion to the London economy when it is completed.

For further information, and photographs for media use, please contact:

Neil Robinson, Director of Global Communications

Email: neil.robinson@abp-london.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 203 8188 540