China connection: £2bn deals in healthcare sectors could be snapped up by West businesses

ws_China_Flag_1920x1200-300x187Hundreds of businesses in the West of England healthcare sector could eventually bring export cash into the region from China.

To support them the Bristol & West of England China Bureau is organising a morning forum on Thursday, May 12th in Bristol to showcase the opportunities for healthcare businesses in China.

It is being backed by the Institute of Directors, Healthcare UK and HSBC.

Nick Sturge, Institute of Directors South West regional chairman said: “China is set to become the world’s fastest growing healthcare market. The recent £2 billion trade package for UK exports in research, hospital construction, training, diagnostics and drug discovery shows the huge potential of trade between the two markets.

“This region is excellently placed to take advantage of this fast moving marketplace which is only going to get bigger.”

Richard Lowe, Director of Business Initiatives at the Bristol & West of England China Bureau said: “Healthcare UK has plans to take trade missions to China where there is a huge need for the type of services being developed in the region. The opportunities are vast and we are looking to support businesses from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath to gain from the opportunities coming out of China.”

The forum is for public, private and charitable organisations of any size, including those offering products, services and education and digital systems related to hospital, primary, elderly and palliative care.