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Date Event Sub-Organisation Location Remarks
23 January 2017 Chinese New Year Dinner The 48 Group Club The Dorchester, Park Ln, London W1K 1QA Sponsored by KPMG, Huawei Technologies (UK) & Bank of China
15 December 2016 Brexit and Trump: Potential impact on China-UK trade and investment The 48 Group Club, CCCUK & CBBC Bank of China, 1 Lothbury, London Sponsored by Bank of China
29 September 2016 The Implications of Brexit for UK-China Relations: A Lecture by Sir Andrew Cahn The 48 Group Club Linklaters 1 Silk St, London EC2Y 8HQ Sponsored by: Linklaters
26 September 2016 Hong Kong Association Membership Lunch The 48 Group Club & The Hong Kong Association Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA Sponsored by: Clifford Chance and Li&Fung Trading
30th June 2016 Icebreakers Dinner 30th June Young Icebreakers Bright Courtyard, 43-45 Baker Street, London, W1U 8EW Sponsored by The Global Group
30th June 2016 4.30pm The 48 Group Club AGM The 48 Group Club Bright Courtyard, 43-45 Baker Street, London, W1U 8EW
15th March 2016 Young Icebreaker Lecture- Sir Gerry Grimstone 48 Group Club, Young Icebreakers One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ Sponsored by Linklaters LLP
25th January 2016 2016 Icebreakers Chinese New Year Dinner 48 Group Club, Young Icebreakers The Dorchester, Park Ln, London W1K 1QA Sponsored by KPMG, Huawei Technologies (UK) & Bank of China
9th December 2015 The Icebreakers Award Reception The 48 Group Club Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London Sponsored by Cathay Pacific & Standard Chartered
11th June 2015 Young Icebreakers Lecture: Western Multinationals in China Young Icebreakers KPMG, 15 Canada Square, London Sponsored by KPMG
21st May 2015 Young Icebreakers 7th Anniversary Dinner Young Icebreakers Bright Courtyard, London Sponsored by KPMG & ICBC
19th March 2015 Young Icebreakers Lecture: China the New Normal Young Icebreakers KPMG, 8 Salisbury Square, EC4Y 8AP Sponsored by KPMG
9th February 2015 Chinese New Year Dinner The 48 Group Club & LEC The Dorchester Sponsors: Huawei, BoC, KPMG, Wanda Group, Accenture
28th January 2015 Young Icebreakers Lecture: China the Global Opportunity Young Icebreakers Linklaters LLP
One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ
Sponsored by Linklaters
30th September 2014 Lecture with Gerard Lyons and Jim O’Neill, The New Economic and Political World Order: Challenges and Opportunities Young Icebreakers Linklaters, 1 Silk St, London Sponsored by Linklaters
25th September 2014 Beijing Autumn Lecture: The New Silk Road 48 Group Club Raffles Beijing Hotel Sponsored by KPMG and Linklaters, supported by CRCC Asia and CBBC.
4th September 2014 9th Sino-British Golf Day 48 Group Club Brocket Hall Sponsored by KPMG, IAG, Manchester United
2th July 2014 China is Now: Technology, Entrepreneurship and Careers in China Co-organised by CBBC, CRCC Asia and 48 Group Club Google Campus, London
22th May 2014 Young Icebreakers 6th Anniversary Dinner Young Icebreakers Bright Courtyard Sponsored by Huawei
15-16th May 2014 China Britain Investment & Partnership Conference DealGlobe supported by 48 Group Club Event details
8th April 2014 “The UK’s Place in the Asian Century” with Liam Byrne and Minister Counsellor Zhang Jiming Young Fabians, LSE CDS, 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
27 March 2014 Young Icebreakers Lecture with Gerry Murphy and Zhou Xiaoming 48 Group Club Linklaters, 1 Silk Street, London
27 March 2014 48GC Annual General Meeting 48 Group Club Linklaters, 1 Silk Street, London
26 February 2014 Lecture with Stephen Perry: Sino-Britain: Where the Future Business Growths lie OXCSSA and OCF, Oxford University Christ Church College, Oxford  
21 January 2014 Chinese New Year Banquet 48 Group Club The Dorchester  Sponsors:LEC, Huawei, KPMG,Bank of China, Cathay Pacific, CQS, Cory Logistics
19 December 2013 Women’s Icebreaker Reception hosted by Madame Hu 48 Group Club Chinese Ambassador’s Residence
18 December 2013 Ambassador Liu’s Speech on outcomes from the Third Plenum 48 Group Club, CBBC, GBCC 8 Salisbury SquareLondon EC4Y 8BB Sponsored by KPMG
22 October 2013 Icebreakers Awards Ceremony 48 Group Club Chinese Embassy Sponsors Cathay Pacific & Standard Chartered
19 September 2013 8th Sino-British Golf Day 48 Group Club Brocket Hall Golf Club
11 July 2013 60th Anniversary Celebrations 48 Group Club Great Hall of the People, Beijing Sponsors KPMG, Linklaters,Arup,CQS,IMI
11 July 2013 Young Icebreaker China Launch Young Icebreakers Raffles Beijing Hotel, Beijing Sponsors KPMG,Linklaters, Arup, CQS, IMI
1 July 2013 Young Icebreaker Long Yongtu Event Young Icebreakers KPMG, Salisbury Square, London Sponsors KPMG
26 June 2013 Skills for the Future China Skills Recruitment Event Chopsticks Club
2 May 2013 Young Icebreaker 5th Anniversary Dinner Young Icebreakers Royal China, 24-26 Baker Street, London W1U 7AB Sponsors Ernst & Young; Young Travelex Silu
12 March 2013 Young Icebreaker Lecture by Willie Walsh Young Icebreakers Linklaters LLP Sponsors Linklaters LLP
11 February 2013 Leeds University International Business Business Confucius Yorkshire Chinese New Year Dinner Confucius Institute and The 48 Group Club University House, Leeds University
12 February 2013 Committee Meeting Committee Bell Pottinger
7 February 2013 Midlands Icebreaker’s Launch Icebreakers KPMG Birmingham KPMG Sponsors
6 February 2013 Chinese New Year Dinner Icebreakers Dorchester Hotel
14 January 2013 AGM and Lectures Committee KPMG KPMG Sponsors

Icebreaker Lecture: Western Multinationals in China
The 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers Lecture event entitled “Western Multinationals in China” was successfully held in KPMG (Canary Wharf) on 11 June 2015. The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by KPMG.

The event was very successful with around 150 people attendance, including young professionals, VIPs, and delegates from the Chinese Embassy. After an introduction from the Co-Chair of the Young Icebreakers Adam Lacey, the event was formally opened by Richard Reid, London Chairman of KPMG.

Guest speaker Gerard Kleisterlee, Chairman of Vodafone Group Plc, described to the audience the importance of relationship building when doing business in China. He deployed a well-known Chinese phrase when stressing the importance of “Guanxi”- “no relationship is a problem, but having a relationship is not a problem”.

Mr Kleisterlee also expanded on the point by sharing stories from when he worked in China and the Asia- pacific region as a senior executive in Phillips. He talked about his 30 years experience dealing with the Asia Pacific market and highlighted how important is to understand cultural norms when building business relationship in China.

Mr Kleisterlee also shared some insights information of Vodafone’s experience in the China market, and discussed how Vodafone works with other corporate entities in the China market. He finally highlighted that building essential links between the UK and China is crucial if we want to encourage growing business between the two countries.

A lively Q&A session featured questions on a wide range of related topics from companies such as KPMG, Google and other members of the 48 Group Club. The event then concluded with a drinks reception courtesy of KPMG.

Icebreaker Lecture: China- The New Normal
The 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers held an event entitled “The New Normal” on 19th March 2015. The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by KPMG.

The event was extremely well attended by approximately 200 people, including young professionals, VIPs, and delegates from the Chinese Embassy. The Co-Chair of the Young Icebreakers gave an update of upcoming events, and the event was then formally opened by Richard Reid, Chairman of KPMG.

Minister Counsellor Jin Xu addressed the audience in an informal and humorous style, covering a number of important topics in UK-China relations. The audience heard first hand how the UK is considered one of China’s most important trading partners, and that trade is expected to soon reach £100Bn. Minister Jin also described the inflow of Chinese investment into the UK in a number of sectors and highlighted the value proposition the UK offers to China in areas such as R&D. He also covered the ‘One Road, One Belt’ and expansion of the new infrastructure along ‘The New Silk Road’.

Minister Jin also highlighted the strength of The 48 Group Club in its relationship with the Chinese government.

A lively Q&A session featured questions on a wide range of related topics from VIPs such as Sir Michael Hintze, and from Lord Howell, along with questions from other members of the audience. The event then continued with a drinks reception courtesy of KPMG.

Chinese New Year Dinner 2015
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The Icebreakers in Scotland 2014
On 2 December, Stephen Perry and Keith Bennett flew to sunny Edinburgh. They had a very constructive meeting with Consul General Pan Xinchun and then came to the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Icebreaker Reception and Award Ceremony 2014. Guests met in the Members’ Room, where they were welcomed by Graeme Pearson MSP, Convener of the Cross Party Group on China at the Scottish Parliament. Stephen made an inimitable speech and Pan Xinchun spoke and presented the Awards.

Icebreaker Fellowships were awarded to two world-class fund managers based in Edinburgh: James Anderson, Partner and Manager of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, Baillie Gifford, and Angus Tulloch, Joint Managing Partner of the Asia Pacific and Global Emerging Markets Equity Team, First State Investments. They were joined by Gavin Hewitt, CMG, former Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association and previously British Ambassador, Stephen Blackmore CBE, Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Queen’s Botanist, and David Valentine MBE, Chairman and Managing Director of Valentine International Business Connections LLP. After a happy networking Reception, the guests of honour were entertained to a dinner sponsored by Barclays and hosted by Eric Balish, their Director of Trade and Working Capital and Convener of the China Scotland Business Forum.

Women’s Icebreaker Event 2013
48 Group Club Women’s Icebreakers event hosted by Madame Hu Pinghua at Ambassador’s Residence, 19th December 2013.

In the run up to Christmas, the Women’s Icebreakers were invited to lunch with the Ambassador’s wife, Madame Hu Pinghua at the Ambassador’s residence. It was a privilege to be entertained at their home and to discuss the issues which concern women in both environments – from a cultural and social point of view as well as from the working and economic perspective.

There was plenty of lively discussion and the opportunity to meet new members and exchange views – as well as an opportunity to swop ideas. The event was rounded off with a photo call.

Ambassador Liu's Speech on outcomes from the Third Plenum 2013
“New Driving Force for China’s Development, New Opportunities for China-UK Cooperation”

18th December 2013, sponsored and hosted by KPMG.

Click here for event details.

The 48 Group Club Chinese New Year Dinner 2013
This was held at the Dorchester Hotel on 6th February 2013 is the highlight of the Club’s events
The 48 Group Club – KPMG China Awards 2012
The 48 Group Club KPMG China awards were presented at the “Icebreakers” Chinese New Year Dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London on Monday 6th February 2012.

Organisations that have made outstanding contributions to developing and maintaining positive Sino-UK relations received awards. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and presented by Nick Baird, CEO of UKTI.

The Golden British Award which recognises the British company that has made the greatest impact for the UK in China went to Tesco. John Timothy, Regional Corporate Affairs Manager received the award on behalf of Tesco from Nick Baird and Richard Reid, London Chairman of KPMG.

HE Ambassador Liu Xiaoming received the award on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
The Special Award went to Stephen Phillips, CEO of the China- Britain Business Council (CBBC) in recognition of his fine work in leading CBBC to become a major force in British trade promotion.
The Golden Chinese Award which recognises the Chinese company that has made the greatest impact for in the went to Changan UK R&D Centre Ltd. Brent Liu, Vice General Manager collected the award.
The Dragon Centennial Award was given to the Bank of China to mark its 100th anniversary and its success in establishing its representation in the and EU. Stephen Hinds, Chief Operating Officer of Bank of China (UK) collected the award.
The Special Award went to Stephen Phillips, CEO of the China- Britain Business Council (CBBC) in recognition of his fine work in leading CBBC to become a major force in British trade promotion.
John Timothy, Regional Corporate Affairs Manager received the award on behalf of Tesco from Nick Baird and Richard Reid, London Chairman of KPMG.
Hugh Roberts, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland receives the award on behalf of the RZSS.
China Business Awards 2011 – Sponsored by KPMG
The 2011 China Business Awards were presented at the “Icebreakers” Chinese New Year Dinner on 17th February at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The China Business Awards 2009 ceremony took place at the Chinese New Year Dinner on 22nd January at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The winners were announced by KPMG’s London Chairman Richard Reid, and the awards were presented by Sir Andrew Cahn KCMG.

The winners are:-

UK Exporter of the Year Award – Jaguar Land Rover
UK Outward Investor of the Year Award – Associated British Foods.
Chinese Inward Investor of the Year Award – ICBC (London) Limited
Special Shanghai Expo Award – PDRc
Special Award for Chinese Investment in Europe – Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd

Mr Ken Gregor, CFO of Jaguar Land Rover collects the award
Mr David Yiend, CEO of AB Agri collects the award on behalf of Associated British Foods
Mr Bo Jiang, Deputy General Manager of ICBC (London) Limited collects the award
Mr Peter Verity, Managing Director of PDRc collects the award
Mr Xiaolin Yuan, Head of Chairman’s Office of Volvo Car Corporation collects the award on behalf of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd
China Business Awards 2010 – Sponsored by KPMG
The 2010 China Business Awards were presented at the “Icebreakers” Chinese New Year Dinner on Tuesday 9th February at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The awards are given each year to businesses that have made outstanding contributions to developing Sino-UK business and bilateral trade.

The winners are pioneers who are setting an example to the thousands of businesses that will be needed to deliver the trade targets set out in January 2008 by Premiers Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The awards event this year was sponsored by KPMG.  Richard Reid, the firm’s London chairman announced the winners and the awards were presented by Sir David Brewer CMG, Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council.

The Winners are:

UK Exporter of the Year – J & C Joel Ltd

Outward Investor of the Year – The Morgan Crucible Company plc

Chinese Inward Investor of the Year – Alibaba.com

Mr James Wheelwright, CEO, collects the award on behalf of J & C Joel Ltd
Mr Mark Robertshaw collects the award on behalf of The Morgan Crucible Company Plc
Ms Maggie Choo, Director of Alibaba.com (Europe) Ltd, collects the award on behalf of Alibaba.com
China Business Awards 2009 – Sponsored by KPMG
The China Business Awards 2009 ceremony took place at the Chinese New Year Dinner on 22nd January at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The winners were announced by KPMG’s London Chairman Richard Reid, and the awards were presented by the Rt Hon John Prescott MP.

The winners are:-

  • Special Award for Olympic Spirit and Achievement 2008 – ARUP
  • UK Exporter of the Year – Hayward Tyler Group
  • UK Outward Investor of the Award – ARM Ltd
  • Chinese Inward Investor of the Year Award – Mindray (UK) Ltd
Peter Budd, Director of Arup, collecting the Special Award for Olympic Spirit and Achievement 2008
Tudor Brown, President of ARM Holdings plc, collecting the UK Outward Investor of the Award
David Boughey, Managing Director of Hayward Tyler Group ,collecting the UK Exporter of the Year Award
John Polhill, Business Director (Patient Monitoring) Western Europe of Mindray (UK) Ltd collecting the Chinese Inward Investor of the Year award.
China Business Awards 2008 – Sponsored by KPMG
The KPMG China Business Awards 2008 were announced and presented on 4th February 2008, at the Chinese New Year Dinner, Grosvenor House Hotel London.

The winners are:-

  • UK Exporter of the Year – Oxford Instruments plc
  • UK Outward Investor of the Year – Greens Power Ltd
  • Chinese Inward Investor of the Year – SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre

Mr Charles Holroyd, Managing Director collected the award on behalf of Oxford Instruments plc.

Mr Andy Lyon, CFO of Greens Power Ltd collected the UK Outward Investor of the Year Award.
L-R: Ian Barlow (Senior Partner of KPMG), Sir William Ehrman KCMG (British Ambassador), Lord Brittan of Spennithorne (Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank), Charles Holroyd, HE Mme Fu Ying (Chinese Ambassador), Stephen Perry (Chairman of the 48 Group Club).
The Chinese Inward Investor of the Year was presented by Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham, Minister of State for Trade to Dr Gao Weimin, Chairman of the Board of SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre.
L-R: Ian Barlow (Senior Partner of KPMG), Sir William Ehrman KCMG (British Ambassador), Lord Brittan of Spennithorne (Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank), Andy Lyon, HE Mme Fu Ying (Chinese Ambassador), Stephen Perry (Chairman of the 48 Group Club).
The Chinese Inward Investor of the Year was presented by Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham, Minister of State for Trade to Dr Gao Weimin, Chairman of the Board of SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre.
China Business Awards 2007
This year’s China Business Awards were presented by His Excellency Mr Zha Peixin, Chinese Ambassador and the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Leader of the House of Commons, at the Icebreakers Chinese New Year Dinner on 15 February 2007 at the Guildhall in London.
UK Exporter of the Year Award 2007 – awarded to Arup for demonstrating the utmost energy, novelty, patience and persistence, in the field of exports from UK to China during the year.
Chinese Inward Investor of the Year 2007 – awarded to China Telecom (UK) Ltd, for their contribution to both the British and Chinese economies in terms of employment created, technical and marketing innovation, financial structuring, potential for growth, long term sustainability, and model for Sino-UK partnership.
UK Outward Investor of the Year 2007 – awarded to Astra Zeneca, for their outstanding performance in outward investment in China.
China Business Awards 2006
This year’s China Business Awards comprise three categories: Exporter of the Year AwardChinese Inward Investor of the Year Award and Outward Investor of the Year Award.

The awards were presented to the winners by the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at the Chinese New Year Dinner at the Guildhall on 19 January.

UK Exporter of the Year was awarded to Choice Waste Management Ltd.  As an accredited exporter of packaging waste, Choice Waste Management Ltd has developed close relations with end-users in China who carry out reprocessing.  These contacts have been built up in recent years such that the company is now exporting 30,000 tonnes per year of packaging and other plastic waste for recycling and this is expected to grow.

Nottingham University won the UK Outward  Investor of the Year Award as the first foreign university in the world to be granted a licence to establish a campus in the People’s Republic of China, following the Sino-Foreign Universities law passed in 2003.

Coupled with its existing campus in Malaysia, the China campus in the city of Ningbo means that the University’s overall business has grown by 2300 students in 2005, as a direct result of its dynamic internationalisation strategy. New and significant fee income is supplemented by Research and Development spin-out business which would otherwise have been unobtainable.

Midea Ltd was the winner of Chinese Inward Investor of the Year Award.  Midea is the leading home appliance manufacturer in China, with a sales turnover in 2004 of USD4bn (2005 is estimated to be USD6bn), is in the process of setting up a design office in the UK. The company will undoubtedly grow quickly with its UK presence and, most importantly, as a major Chinese white goods firm, should act as a catalyst for others to do the same.

In October 2004 Midea set up its UK sales & marketing and customer service function in London, following the signing of its USD75million “Strategic Purchase Frame Agreement” with Kingfisher. The company is also looking to enhance its industrial competence and is gearing up to develop their London office as a fully fledged European headquarter, with product design teams, international marketing and client relationship management teams.

Mr Raj Iqbal (right), MD of Choice Waste Management with Chinese Ambassador Zha Peixin
Prof David Riley (left), Pro-Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University receives the award from Deputy Prime Minister
Icebreaker Lectures
The trail-blazing ‘Icebreaker’ lectures, held at venues such as the Houses of Parliament, Cambridge University in Britain and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing provide various forums for senior business and government representatives from both countries to share insights into important issues.

Speakers have included: Li Yuanchao, Politburo Member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, and Head of the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee; Lord Woolf, the former UK Lord Chief Justice; China’s Minister of Education, Zhou Ji; Zheng Bijian, Chairman of the China Reform Forum and former Executive Vice-President of the Central Party School; Liu Mingkang, Chairman of China’s Banking and Regulatory Commission; Lord Browne former CEO of BP PLC and Sir Terry Leahy, CEO of Tesco PLC.

London - And the Centre of Power
London - And the Centre of Power
Beijing - And the Centre of Power
Beijing - And the Centre of Power
China’s new Minister Commercial in London, Jin Xu, presented Stephen Perry with a piece of his own very high quality calligraphy, which expresses China’s appreciation and gratitude for the 48 Group.

Minister Jin first worked with the 48 Group over 30 years ago , and is a very experienced person in the commercial and diplomatic fields.

“ He will make a major mark in UK/China trade and investment, because he is very experienced and positive about expanging the trade and investment. We are fortunate to have Minister Jin in London” – Stephen Perry, Chairman

Young Icebreakers Committee Meeting at the Bank of China

The Young Icebreakers organised a very successful evening hosted by the Bank of China on Wednesday 7th January. The committee and supporting organisations heard fascinating addresses by Minister Counsellor Zhou Xiaoming and Maggie Zhao, Partner at Clifford Chance.

Chairman Stephen Perry has recorded Minister Councillor Zhou’s talk and you can read it in detail the China Global Impact blog.

Photographs from "Farewell event for Minister Councillor Zhou Xiaoming"

Delegation of IDCPC

Event Photos from "The New Economic and Political World Order: Challenges and Opportunities" with Gerard Lyons and Jim O’Neill

The 48 Group Club's 9th Annual Sino-British Golf Day

The 48 Group Club meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang