Trade mission to Shenzhen, China

Date:10/11/2019 (09:00 - 15:00)

Status:ACTIVE | 5 or more places remaining

Member Rate: £250.00 +VAT | Non Member Rate: £250.00 +VAT |

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
40 George Street

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Trade mission to Shenzhen, China
November 2019, from 10th to 16th

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is delighted to invite you to join a delegation of businesses to Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China

Programme Highlights

-One to one meetings & interact with leaders & experts from Chinese utilities/vendors.
-Networking and attending quality meeting with Chinese counterparties to discuss potential areas of collaboration.
-Showcasing your products or services during the High-Tech Fair
-Visiting leading vendor’s exhibition to feel the latest technology from both Chinese and international vendors.
-Visiting the integrated smart city/smart energy/EV/smart grid/smart metering project sites to feel the advanced concepts and advanced technologies applied.

Shenzhen, neighbouring Hong Kong, is at the centre of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, a megalopolis, also known as the Pearl River Delta, consisting of 9 cities and 2 special administrative regions in south China. 
China’s first Special Economic Zone, established in 1980, Shenzhen has never looked back.  40 years ago it was a modest fishing town.  Today it is a thriving megacity of 22 million.  With an average age of just under 30, the city is famed for its vibrancy and its creative culture.
It is regarded as one of China’s most important high-tech R&D and manufacturing bases, while additionally, is home to the world’s third largest container port.  
An international Friendship Cities Agreement between Edinburgh and Shenzhen ensures an exceptional level of collaboration between the cities, meaning our delegation will benefit from the direct support of trusted partners and officials at our destination.
Our delegation will explore the city and its business opportunities in detail.   Our 5 day programme includes a city orientation tour and introduction to key sectors, as well as individual, bespoke 1-2-1 business meetings. 
The trip also provides a chance for you to exhibit at the all-China High-Tech Fair.
The High Tech Fair total exhibition area exceeds 100,000㎡, nearly 3,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries and over 500,000 visitors attended.  Currently, it is the largest and the most influential scientific and technological fair in China and is renowned as “the No.1 Technology Show in China”.
At the Fair, our delegation will have free use of an “Edinburgh Pavilion” where you can exhibit and promote your company.  Our Shenzhen Partners will even prepare the stand for your arrival.
This is a unique and exclusive chance to explore business, trade and collaboration opportunities in the China market, promote your business and make connections.
Key sectors
-Construction Science & Technology
-Aerospace & Aviation Technology
-Energy Conservation and
-Optoelectronics Display
-New Material
-Environmental Protection
-Smart City
-Sensing Technology and Internet
-New Energy
-Smart Healthcare


Outline Programme (to be confirmed):
Date Morning Afternoon Evening
Sun 10/11   Depart Edinburgh  
Mon 11/11   Arrive Shenzhen Informal welcome dinner
Tues 12/11 City orientation tour and visits to high tech companies (lunch included) Free or preparation for high tech fair
Weds 13/11 Official opening high tech fair Edinburgh seminar (side event at fair) Edinburgh promotional event and business networking
Thurs 14/11 One to one business meetings One to one business meetings Formal dinner
Fri 15/11 One to one business meetings Evaluation/wrap-up meeting Depart Shenzhen (arrive Edinburgh +1 day)
Delegation Hotel Shenzhen Marco Polo - Deluxe room, breakfast included
Eligibility to participate in the trade mission

-You must be based in Scotland
-You must be developing a product or service for the Chinese market
-You do not need to be member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to qualify for a delegate place
-There is only one delegate place per company offered
-Your business will need to cover all travel and transportation from/to Edinburgh Airport and to/from Shenzhen, accommodation, visa, insurance and food costs during the trip
-Although we are heavily subsidising the costs of organising the programme for the trade mission applicants, each delegate will be required to contribute £250 non-refundable deposit to secure your place
-You need to apply for a Visa to travel to China (£150)


There is funding available from Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise to apply for flights and accommodation. You need to apply for this financial support to an SDI expert/SDI advisor. We can provide contacts details. Subject to eligibility, other funding opportunities are available depending on the support you are looking for.

Provided at no cost

-Transport including airport transfers in Shenzhen, local transport to/from exhibition, all events and one-to-one business meetings;
-Individually tailored one-to-one business meetings (at least two), and assistance with additional introductions if required
-Translation/guide services at events (by group)
-Individual translation/guide services at one-to-one business meetings;
-Preparation of exhibition space with you logo and company information/product marketing materials*
-Supply of dual language business cards*
-Supply of dual language fliers*
-Dinner on Monday 11 November
-Dinner on Thursday 14 November
*Design and text, in English, must be supplied

Costs payable by Edinburgh delegates
(Estimated at between £828 and £928)*:

-Flights (estimated between £400- £550 (economy)
-Hotel accommodation – negotiated discount rate 922RMB (£107) pp per night (total £428)
-Incidental expenses (meals, local travel outside of organised programme etc.)
*Scottish Enterprise (SE) supported companies may be eligible for a support grant from SDI to cover travel and accommodation

If you would like to apply, please email

Closing date for application: Friday 27th September 2019

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