A trade mission to encourage China to look to the North East has visited international architectural practice Newcastle-based Red Box Design Group.
VIPs from Hunan Province were shown the practice’s award-winning headquarters by Chairman Alan J Smith who also hosted a special lunch in their honour.
Alan J Smith OBE, DL said: “China is the world’s fastest growing economy and there are clearly opportunities for North East firms to do business there. We have recently witnessed this at first hand.
“In particular, Hunan Province is a dynamic and thriving region with many huge projects underway and under consideration – our aim is to further cultivate and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship, and to share our experience and knowledge in urban regeneration, with our new friends.”
The visit was a return trip following a mission to China in June organised by the UKTI and led by Dr Zhengming Yang, attended by redboxdesign group.
The delegation to the North East was led by vice mayor of Zhuzhou and director of the European Industrial Park Mr He Jianbo.