SME Conference 2012:
Practical Solutions to Help You Think Big
Event type: Conference
Date: Thursday 25 October 2012
Time: 1.30pm - 6.30pm
Location: Marriott Hotel Northeast Beijing, 26A Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang, Beijing
Fee: No charge for European SMEs, Large enterprises: RMB400
Event partners: European Chamber of Commerce, EU SME Centre
Supported by: British Chamber of Commerce, China-Britain Business Council, Bencham
Danish Chamber of Commerce in China, China-Italy Chamber of Commerce
German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The European Union Chamber of Commerce, the China IPR SME Helpdesk and the EU SME Centre are delighted to invite you to a half-day SME conference on Thursday 25 October 2012 at the Marriott Hotel Northeast. The conference will provide a platform for sharing knowledge and best practices on the issues that matter most for SMEs in China, and will highlight practical tools available for SMES to help their business grow in China.
The conference is free to attend for European SMEs upon written approval after registration through the European Chamber's website.
1:30pm - 2:00pm Registration
Master of Ceremonies: Jaspal Channa, General Manger, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
2:00pm - 2.20pm Keynote Speeches
Opening remarks by Davide Cucino, president of the European Chamber
Key note speech by Daniel Calleja, SME Envoy and Director General of the Enterprise and
Industry Directorate at the European Commission
2.20pm - 2.50pm European SMEs in China
Chris Cheung, Acting Director and Market Access Advisor, EU SME Centre
2.50pm - 3.30pm Panel Discussion on 'How can SMEs in China secure access to finance?'
Moderator: Christine Lambert-Goué, Managing Partner, Invest Securities China
Panellist 1: Fanny Ton, OSéO
Panellist 2: Volker Müller, General Manager, Hayer Medical AG
Panellist 3: Tom Pattinson, CEO, Affordable Art China
3.30pm - 3.50pm Coffee break
3.50pm - 4.20pm Protecting your Intellectual Property on a Budget
Simon Cheetham, team leader, China IPR SME Helpdesk
4.20pm - 4.50pm Marketing Tools for SMEs
Hacene Taibi, CEO & Co-Founder, THEM
4.50pm - 5.20pm Best practices with China Customs
Jon Echanove, Market Access advisor & Standards, EU SME Centre
5.20pm - 6.00pm Panel discussion: Best practices for hiring and retaining staff
Moderator: Stefano Roncari, EGGsist Ltd.
Panellist 1: Elisa Mallis, Head of Executive Coaching, MDS
Panellist 2: Anders Ellemann Kristensen, General Manger, Albatros Travel
Panellist 3: Shelly Geng, Operations Manager, Facilitas
6.00pm - 6.05pm Closing Remarks
Dirk Moens, Secretary General, European Chamber of Commerce
6.05pm - 6.30pm Drinks & Networking
Registration and cancellation
This event is free to attend for EU SMEs. The entrance fee for large enterprises is 400RMB. Please register here through the website of the European Chamber. Please note that your registration is only approved upon written confirmation from the European Chamber.
About the China IPR SME Helpdesk
The China IPR SME Helpdesk provides free information, first-line advice and training to SMEs to protect and enforce their IPR in China. The Helpdesk’s services are free to European SMEs and SME intermediaries (including EU embassies) and includes training events in China and Europe; online tools and materials at www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu and tailored advice from our expert by phone, Email or though the website.
About the European Chamber of Commerce in China
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded by 51 member companies based in China on 19 October 2000, based on the need of EU and local European businesses to find a common voice for the various business sectors. Since its foundation, the Chamber now has more than 1600 members and is active in nine Chinese cities. The Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese Authorities as the official voice of European businesses in China. The Chamber is a member driven non-profit organisation with a core of 34 Working Groups and Forums, representing European Businesses in China.
About the EU SME Centre
The EU SME Centre is a support service provider for European SMEs facilitating market access in China. The Centre provides practical information, advice and business tools free of charge, aimed at better equipping SMEs to develop their business and tackle challenges faced in the Chinese market. The online portal www.eusmecentre.org.cn will help SMEs gain a clearer insight into conducting business in China, by offering professional information and confidential advice.
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