2021 Report On The Development Of Chinese Enterprises In The UK

Confident, But Not Complacent: Chinese Companies Wish To Act As A Bridge Between UK & China Whilst Pushing Forward On Green Initiatives


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The last twelve months have been a testing period for many in the business community in the UK, not least because of the continued repercussions of Covid-19 and Brexit. For Chinese businesses operating in this environment, escalating geopolitical headwinds have further added to the challenges. Despite this, they have demonstrated significant resilience with an unwavering commitment and ongoing contribution to the UK economy. This webinar will give an overview of the findings in the “2021 Report on the Development of Chinese Enterprises in the UK” by the China Chamber of Commerce (CCCUK).


John McLean OBE is a Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director who has extensive public and capital market experience including a specific knowledge of China where he has worked for over 20 years. John’s background covers operations, acquisition integration and management internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia (Japan, China and Thailand) and Australasia. Additionally, through his capital market experience, he has a strong practical knowledge on corporate governance John was on the board of CBBC (China Britain Business Council) for 8 years until 2019 and continues to contribute to the promotion of UK/China relations. More recently, he was appointed Senior Advisor to the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK). John is also Chair for the Institute of Directors (IoD) for the City of London.

In 2007 John joined the board of Humberts plc (subsequently Chesterton), the estate agent, and became its Executive Chairman to lead its rescue and ultimate disposal. Prior to this, he carried out a strategic review for Gamma Holdings NV of their UK textile, wallpaper, retail and brand companies, including Sanderson and William Morris, and as the CEO he successfully implemented the turnaround and disposal plan. Along with operations in Australasia, America and Canada, Sanderson established global trading partnerships in China and Japan, which included the setting-up of a manufacturing joint venture, brand licensing agreements and numerous retail franchises.

In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, John was honoured with an OBE for services to British business interests and the development of civil society in China.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

11:00 - 11:45 GMT



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    John McLean OBE
    Senior Advisor
    China Chamber of Commerce in the UK
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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Executive Chairman
    Z/Yen Group