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20 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.