Bristol and Bath look to the East
New opportunities await the Bristol and Bath region after the Prime Minister led a business delegation to China last month.
Bonnie Dean, chief executive of the Science Park, was one of three business representatives from the region, helping to make the case for the region’s businesses and to raise the international profile of Bristol and Bath.
Bonnie had talks with Chinese companies who might be interested in setting up in the UK or working with UK firms.
"We talked about some of the technology strengths we have here in the region and about the pool of seasoned executives which is something of great interest to many Chinese companies. For companies looking to invest, the eco system is very important and they want to know that it is business-minded,” she said.
"There were also opportunities to talk with Chinese property investors. Some of whom are becoming interested in what is available outside London because so many other global investors are focusing on the capital.”
"The trip was a good opportunity to promote the science park and the Bristol and Bath area, particularly because of our proximity to London and the upcoming electrification of the train line to the capital."
BBC Radio Bristol interviewed Bonnie this week about the trip. Listen to the programme again here and find out more. Bonnie’s interview begins at 2:07.