Business leaders celebrate with Chinese community

Lord Mayor Consort Ian Campion-Smith, Lord Mayor Clare Campion-Smith, Miss Bristol City International Gabriella Papp, Peaches Golding OBE and Richard Lowe

Bristol’s business community and Chinese community celebrated Chinese New Year with a banquet in the city attended by more than 200 people involved in trade with China.

Mayor George Fergusson and Lord Mayor Councillor Clare Campion-Smith were among those at the banquet at Zen Harbourside restaurant, which included traditional Chinese entertainment including a performance from the University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe.

The event was organised by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau, which fosters business links and was set up to ensure trade and cultural links with Bristol’s sister city of Guangzhou.

Chief Executive Dianne Francombe comments: “This event has become an important part of Bristol’s business calendar and friendships made over Chinese food are bringing real benefit to the city of Bristol and helping to unlock the potential of international business across the world.”

The celebrations this year saw the start of the Year of the Monkey.