Com o intuito de ajudar as PME’s europeias que estão a considerar uma entrada no mercado chinês a tomarem uma decisão fundamentada, o EU SME Centre publicou uma série de ferramentas de diagnóstico intituladas “Are you ready for China?” (Está pronto para a China?).
O conjunto no seu todo está formatado para funcionar como uma introdução passo a passo ao ambiente de negócios chinês, permitindo às PME’s avaliar a sua preparação para a concretização de negócios na China.
Quatro relatórios que apresentam diferentes aspetos da entrada no mercado são também acompanhados por um questionário online concebido para ajudar o empresário a verificar o seu nível de preparação tendo em conta o mercado, indicando ontras fontes onde possam melhorar o seu entendimento de áreas de negócio menos domínio.
Esta ferramenta consiste em:
- Quiz online: Aferição da sua aptidão [EN] – Um módulo de aprendizagem eletrónica para ajudar a avaliar o seu conhecimento do ambiente de negócios chinês.
- Relatório 1: A China está no seu radar? Update 2020 [EN] – Uma introdução geral à estrutura macroeconómica da China e o seu significado para as PMEs europeias, incluindo oportunidades específicas por setor de indústria.
- Relatório 2: Formas de entrar no mercado chinês – Update 2020 [EN] – Uma visão geral dos diferentes modos de entrada no mercado chinês, de exportar a investir, de joint ventures a empresas de capital integral estrangeiro.
- Relatório 3: Exportação de bens, serviços e tecnologia para o mercado chinês – Update 2020 [EN] – Um olhar mais atento aos regulamentos e processos de importação, incluindo dicas práticas e melhores práticas.
- Relatório 4: Conhecer os seus parceiros na China – Update 2018 [EN] – Um guia conciso para os cuidados devidos na China. Desde verificar a posição administrativa e jurídica de uma empresa, a listas de verificação para visitas às instalações do parceiro, abrange todas as áreas de cuidados básicos com as quais está preocupado.
Business & Investment Opportunities in China: HERE
May 5, 2021
2020 foi um ano turbulento para todos devido à pandemia COVID-19, e o FMI espera uma contração económica de 4.4 por cento. A china – apesar de ser o epicentro da pandemia – foi a primeira e única economia a recuperar e a entrar em 2021 com uma perspetiva relativamento otimista. As respostas políticas estáveis e sensíveis ao tempo de Pequim, a estratégia de controlo de epidemias e a redefinição de prioridades dos objetivos macroeconómicos garantiram que fosse a única economia do G20 que experienciou um crescimento positivo em 2020. A recuperação económica da China foi impulsionada por uma combinação de fatores, incluindo investimentos maciços em infraestrutura e imóveis, o aumento exurbitante da exportação impulsionado pela forte procura global por materiais médicos, equipamentos médicos e eletrónicos, e o aumento constante no consumo doméstico após um longo período de crescimento lento. As perspectivas de crescimento da China em 2021 são igualmente altas. O Fundo Monetário Internacional (FMI) espera o crescimento da China em 2021 chegar a 8,4%, à frente dos Estados Unidos dos quais se espera 5,1%, e atrás apenas da Índia da qual se espera um crescimento de 11,5%. Além do crescimento incrível, a China também ultrapassou o Estados Unidos em termos de atração de investimento direto estrangeiro (IDE).
What does it take to Set-up and Operate a Foreign Company in China?: HERE
March 11, 2021
Apesar da pandemia COVID-19, a China é a maior e única economia que experienciou crescimento económico em 2020 com um crescent GDP de 2.3% e um crescimento estimado de 8.5% em 2021. Em 2020, a China também tornou-se no maior receptor de IDE, tendo recebido no total USD 144.37 mil milhões, um aumento de 6.2%.
Para atrair mais investimento direto estrangeiro, porém, a China tem realizado bastantes melhorias. Estas têm tornado o processo de abrir e operar uma companhia estrangeira muito mais fácil, mais rápido e barato através da redução de requisitos de capitais e juros, oferencendo incentivos, reduzido a burocracia e acelarando o período de processamento.
Contando com a dedicação de empregados locais, as companhias estrangeiras podem também beneficiar do acesso a mais canais de venda e ligação direta a uma base de consumidores muito maior e em constante evolução dentro do mercado Chinês.
Setting up a business in China: HERE
Jul 19, All day, 2019
In spite of issues like the economic slowdown and trade tensions, China remains an attractive market for European companies. However, businesses in general and SMEs in particular need to be aware of both the key issues to look at when it comes to setting up a business in China and the do’s and don’ts. These range from tax considerations to IPR protection, going through procedural and finance-related questions.
These and more topics are covered in the present webinar, where Managing Partner at LehmanBrown Mr. Russell Brown discusses the process of setting up a business in China and provides practical advice to European business owners considering this option.
- Areas of Risk for FIEs in China
- IP Protection
- Set up Considerations
- Where to Set-up
- Industry Segmentation
- Legal Entities in China for Foreign Companies
- Tax Incentives
- Location Specific or Industry Specific
- Tax Planning
- General Steps for Establishing a WFOE in China
- Using the Company Chop/Seal
- HR Considerations
- Repatriation of Profits and Funds
Social Media Strategies for China: HERE
Jul 5, All day, 2019
A China está neste momento classificada como um país de rendimentos médios, com um movimento migratório contínuo das áreas rurais para as áreas urbanas. A população urbana conta agora com mais de 800 milhões de pessoas, o que corresponde praticamente ao número de utilizadores de internet móvel do país: 802 milhões.
Os internautas chineses são extremamente ativos na internet, fans das redes sociais, interagindo e criando milhões de buscas e conversas diariamente.
Ao olhar para o modo como o marketing é feito na China, vale a pena notar que o processo de compra mudou de individual para social. Os clientes prestam mais atenção ao seu círculo social antes de tomar uma decisão.
Como encontrar o seu público-alvo na China?
Este webinar de duas partes fornece um panorama da visão geral do mercado de comércio eletrónico da China e uma breve visão geral das principais plataformas de redes sociais bem como a sua participação no mercado e base de utilizadores, concentrando-se particularmente no WeChat como ferramenta de marketing para sua estratégia de marketing.
Além disso, introduzirá o conceito de marketing digital e a mudança do marketing tradicional para o digital na China. Por fim, falará do estudo de caso da Sennheiser e como a marca se adaptou ao diverso ecossistema das redes sociais.
Aprenda as melhores práticas para comercializar os seus produtos na China!
China Recent Tax Reforms and Implications on EU SMEs: HERE
Jul 5, All day, 2019
Compreender o sistema tributário da China não é tão simples quanto possa pensar. É, portanto, essencial que as PMEs compreendam como o sistema funciona e quais os impostos que são aplicados a um estrangeiro a viver na China e a uma empresa estrangeira.
A China implementou recentemente mudanças e reformas no Imposto de Renda Individual (IIT), no Imposto sobre o Valor Agregado (IVA) e no Imposto de Renda Pessoa Jurídica (IRC) que mostram o interesse do governo chinês em melhorar o ambiente de negócios para empresas locais e estrangeiras.
- Implementação da reforma do IIT, com o objetivo de aliviar a carga tributária para os assalariados de baixo rendimento, a partir do dia 1 de janeiro de 2019;
- A redução das taxas de IVA de 16% e 10% para 13% e 9%, a partir do dia 1 de abril de 2019;
- Reduções de impostos para PME e empresas com fins lucrativos, a partir do dia 9 de janeiro de 2019;
Este webinar aborda as principais mudanças destas reformas e irá elaborar o impacto sobre as empresas da UE que operam na China.
Labour Contracts and Terminations: HERE
Jun 25 – 26, 9:00 am – 11:55 pm, 2019
A primeira lei trabalhista da China entrou em vigor em 1995, cobrindo os direitos e responsabilidades do empregador e do empregado. Desde então, os empregos são regulados não só pela legislação trabalhista, mas também pelo manual do funcionário e pelo contrato de trabalho – os quais explicaremos em maior detalhe.
As questões surgem especificamente quando se trata de rescisão do contrato e, portanto, é essencial ter um profundo entendimento sobre a importância do contrato de trabalho, como ele é normalmente elaborado e como lidar com os diferentes cenários de rescisão de contrato.
Este webinar irá focar-se nos seguintes pontos:
- Direito Trabalhista Chinês
- Contratos de trabalho
- Importância dos contratos de trabalho
- Contratos de trabalho e manual de pessoal
- Contratos de prazo fixo e sem prazo
- Empregados Part-time
- Período de experiência
- Acordos de Não Concorrência
- Cláusulas de confidencialidade
Outros Regulamentos e Benefícios Trabalhistas, como:
- Licença anual
- Feriados públicos
- Horas de trabalho
- Horas de trabalho: horas extras
- Segurança Social
- Rescisão pelo empregador
- Rescisão imediata
- Pagamento de indemnizações
- Pagamento de indemnizações para contratos que já estão quase a expirar
- Rescisão sob circunstâncias especiais
Commercial (FIE) Litigation Practice in China: HERE
Jun 18, 12:00 am – 11:59 pm, 2019
Se o sistema legal chinês é muitas vezes visto como baseado no modelo de Direito Civil, é crucial que entendamos esta prática. De facto, procedimentos de arbitragem eficazes e quatro níveis de tribunais (tribunais de nível básico, tribunais de nível médio, tribunais de nível superior e o Supremo Tribunal da RPC) frequentemente levam a um sistema legal chinês com diferenças importantes entre as leis escritas e a prática legal.
Por esta razão, especificamente em litígios de Direito Civil relacionados com assuntos comerciais, a jurisprudência a todos os níveis de tribunais e a interpretação do Supremo Tribunal são cruciais para resolver uma disputa, mas é também um processo complexo e específico. Neste webinar, o nosso especialista apresentará os pontos mais importantes do Direito Processual Civil (Comercial):
- Visão geral dos litígios em direito civil chinês
- Limitação de ações: em que situações é que não poderá registrar uma ação judicial?
- Documentos necessários: Como entrar com uma ação judicial?
- Produzindo evidências na prática: investigar, analisar e juntar evidências
- Preservação da propriedade: Como garantir a execução de um decreto?
- Sentença, segunda instância e recurso em direito civil chinês
- O Guanxi (Relacionamento) em práticas contenciosas cíveis (comerciais)
The New Foreign Investment Law: HERE
May 17, 9:00 am – 11:59 pm, 2019
A nova lei de investimento estrangeiro foi aprovada a 15 de março pelo Congresso Nacional do Povo (NPC) e entrará em vigor a 1 de janeiro de 2020.
A nova lei é a primeira lei unificada destinada a regular os investimentos estrangeiros. De facto, esta lei irá mesmo estabelecer as atividades de todos os investidores estrangeiros e empresas com investimento estrangeiro (FIEs), empresas de capital estrangeiro (WOFEs) e empresas mistas chinesas-estrangeiras (JVs).
“Investimento Estrangeiro” é referido como qualquer atividade de investimento direta ou indireta de empresas estrangeiras, organizações ou pessoas físicas, incluindo:
- Configuração das FIEs;
- Aquisição de quotas, ações, ou direitos similares em empresas chinesas;
- Investimento em novos projetos e outras formas de investimento estabelecidas pelo Conselho de Estado
WeChat Mini Programs: You don’t need an App for China (or do you?): HERE
Feb 2, All day, 2019
Lançados no início de 2017, os Mini Programs (MPs), uma espécie de sub-aplicações dentro do WeChat, conquistaram a China: já existem 2 milhões de MPs, tantas quanto as aplicações da App Store da Apple. A única diferença é que a App Store foi lançada há 10 anos! Sendo facilmente compartilháveis e acessíveis, os Mini-Programas oferecem uma experiência de usuário muito melhor em comparação às aplicações tradicionais.
Este webinar revela a natureza dos Mini Programas: o que eles são, como funcionam e por que podem representar uma alternativa às aplicações, sites e canais para empresas que já conhecemos e estamos habituados. No entanto, é importante que as PME da UE estejam cientes dos prós e contras da criação de um programa Mini para as empresas.
Imported Fruit Market in China: HERE
Digital Marketing Essentials for China: HERE
Fev 27, 9h-17h30, 2018
De forma a compreender os desenvolvimentos recentes no âmbito do marketing digital, os desafios e ele ligados na China, e como tirar vantagens das oportunidades de negócio que esta conjuntura oferece à sua empresa, a Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce, o EU SME Center, e a Província da Flandres Oriental organizam um workshop direccionado especificamente para o tema do marketing digital na China.
O workshop aborda os últimos desenvolvimentos e descobertas do mercado chinês, e soluções práticas através de casos para garantir a construção de uma base sólida para a sua empresa prosperar no mercado chinês.
09:30-10:30: Understanding the Chinese Customers and the Online Marketplace
- The heterogeneous market: city tiers and traits for developing business
- Chinese culture and business mind-set
- Looking at the future: the Millennials
10:30-11:00: Digital Landscape in China
- Social medial and messaging: Wechat
- Microblogging: Weibo
- Video: Youku, Tudou, iQiyi, Tencent
11.00-11.15: Coffee Break
11.15-12.00: Guidelines on Different Phases of Purchasing Process
- Exposure phase: to trigger the customer to recognize a need for your product
- Active information search: to get overview of the market, attributes, and brands offer
- Evaluation: to meet customers need
12:30-13:30: Lunch Break
13:30-14:00: How to Adapt Your Business to the Chinese Context?
- Business and Legal
- Chinese market and its user – market entry planning
- Chinese name and brand adaption
14:00-15:00: How to Use the Power of New Data?
- What is new data?
- New data for campaign tracking and optimization
- New data for customer and market insights
15:00-15:15: Coffee Break
15:15-16:30: Cost Estimation for a Digital Marketing Campaign in China
- Social media screening: to map out existing social media activities
- Brand design adaption: to develop graphic design, colours, logo, adjustments, and etc.
- Offical Design Adaption: rent of venue, gifts to participants, live streaming set-up
17: 00- 17: 30: One-on-One Consultation
Machinery Sector in China: HERE
Fev 1, 2018
Em 2016, o valor acrescentado da indústria da maquinaria subiu 9,6%, valor mais elevado do que o registado na generalidade da indústria transformadora. A implementação do “Made in China 2025” trouxe melhorias à indústria transformadora na China, o que permite ao país ter um papel de liderança internacional na produção de bens inovadores e de alta qualidade. Assim, o mercado chinês possui oportunidades excelentes para PMEs europeias.
Este webinar pretende, precisamente, abordar as mudanças que tiveram lugar neste setor nos últimos anos, analisando os motores chave de crescimento, fatores de sucesso, gestão de parcerias locais e proteção de PI.
- Market Size and Structure
- Market Segments
- Key Growth Drivers and Future Trends
- Regulatory Environment
- Opportunities for EU SMEs
EU SME Breakfast Seminar – Economic Outlook 2018: HERE
Jan 26, 2018
China’s economy has been growing steadily in the past three decades and is the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in recorded history. Optimism about the year ahead, albeit cautious, is gaining ground but there are persistent worries about China’s debt mountain.
Chris Cheung, director of the EU SME Center, will analyze the Chinese market and give us an insight into what 2018 will bring. Moreover, he will also give some recommendations in regards to how to improve business in China.
- Market overview
- Seafood Consumption in China
- Regulatory Framework
- Export Guidance
- Challenges and Recommendations
- Cases and examples
Digital Marketing Essentials: HERE
Jan 9, All day, 2018
China has made its rapid transition to focusing on mobile digital development. Domestic companies reap the benefits by looking at user data, including geolocation, gender and even zodiac sign. Unfortunately, EU SMEs often lack necessary resources and support to maximize benefits from the market. In order to support EU SMEs gaining more market competitive advantages, this series provide business insights and practical solutions with case studies for SMEs to build solid foundation in their business.
- What is digital marketing?
- Digital trends and changes in China
- The unique characteristics of the Chinese market
- The Chinese consumers
- Localisation and brand adaption
- Chinese social media
- How can EU SMEs use the Chinese social media?
- Chinese search engine optimizing
- The power of new data
- Drafting a digital marketing strategy for China
- Case studies
- Summary of digital marketing in China
Product Safety – China’s Safety Compliance: HERE
Jul 10, All day, 2017
In the last ten year, China has become one of the largest and fastest-growing markets for consumer products worldwide. Rapid growth has created a large number of middle-class of more than three hundred million consumers. Whilst the Chinese domestic industry is able to cover some of the needs of consumers, there is also a high awareness of global brands and an increasingly demand for high-quality foreign consumer products.
- The Market of Consumer Products in China
- Regulatory Framework
- Main Elements of the Product Safety System
- Practical Guidance for SMEs
Selling Via Cross-border E-commerce and Free Trade Zones in China: HERE
20 June 2017
Get to grips with the processes involved, the pros and cons for your business, and consumer trends buying online. Learn the regulations governing CBEC and the role that the Free Trade Zones (FTZs) play. Put into practice useful tips and work out your own cross-border selling strategy for China.
This half-day workshop will focus on:
Process of selling through CBEC
Which products are authorised to be traded via CBEC?
How to find the right online platform for your business
Business operations in China’s FTZs
How to Start Your Online Business in China: HERE
5 June 2017 | 300 EUR
Selling and buying online is the hottest topic in China for consumers and sellers. This one-day training workshop is designed to explore the opportunities of selling online into one of the largest and fastest growing E-commerce markets in the world.
Training Workshop Outline
Module 1: Overview of the China e-commerce market compared to Europe
Module 2: The market access requirements – IPR, product compliance, logistics, customs
Module 3: Payment options and consumer preferences
Module 4: WeChat and other digital marketing in China
Module 5: Case studies and Best Practice
Module 6: Step-by-step guidance to open an online shop
How to Best Sell Food & Beverage Products to China – Bologna: HERE
5 June 2017 | 100 EUR
China-Italy Chamber of Commerce and the EU SME Centre invite you to join a training workshop to get an accurate overview of China’s current F&B market, know the latest trends in consumer tastes and spending.
It will help you understand clearly the legislation governing this sector and how to stay compliant whilst ensuring your exports go smoothly.
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:40 China F&B market overview
9:40 – 10:40 Technical barriers to enter the Chinese market
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Commercial approach into China
12:00 – 13:00 E-commerce overview
13:00 – 13:30 Q&A and Individual Consultation
Taking Advantage of Hong Kong’s Business Environment: HERE
22 – 26 May 2017 | Free of charge
Koehler Group will be hosting webinars each month in different time zones. For more details please refer to the following schedules and reserve your seat on the date of your choice by clicking on the links below.
The webinars are targeted to small-to-medium sized, privately owned companies as well multinational corporations who are either looking to enter the Hong Kong market or are already operating in Hong Kong and would like to receive updates on the current investment climate.
Space is limited so you are advised to register as soon as possible.
– Case Studies of Successful Companies in Hong Kong – Trading goods to and from China
– Compliance Regulations in Hong Kong: Securing your Investment
– Challenges for Employment in Hong Kong
– Automatic Exchange of Information – Implications for Hong Kong Businesses
– A Guide to achieving Profits Tax Exemption in Hong Kong
Developing a WeChat Strategy for Your Business in China: HERE
March 8, All day, 2017
Tap into China’s 800 million WeChat users and understand what they like and dislike about your products and services. Understand how WeChat can improve your stakeholder communications and build a community to keep professional readers more engaged. Follow how to use WeChat as an export tool, how to generate demand for your brand, and how long it takes to set all this up.
The webinar covers the topics bellow:
- Why WeChat? The Big Picture
- The Entities Available
- Official Accounts: Subscription Accounts, Service Accounts, Enterprise Accounts
- Personal Accounts
- Follower Acquisition Techniques
- Paid advertisements
- Viral campaigns
- Key opinion leaders
- Content strategy
- Offline + Others
- Case Studies
China’s Taxation on Non-resident Enterprises: HERE
31 May 2017
Many European companies often concern about whether they have to pay domestic taxes in China when providing services to their Chinese customers.
If your company is incorporated under foreign law, with actual management located abroad, has an establishment or a permanent establishment (“PE”) in China, or generates incomes with Chinese sources, watch this webinar to understand what types of taxes may apply to your business and what you should look out for.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- Non-resident Enterprise and Related Income Types
- Permanent Establishment (“PE”) and Service Income
- Passive Incomes
- Administration on Tax Treaty Benefits
- Tax Clearance Formalities and Tax Withholding
- Anti-avoidance Measures
Barriers to Entry the Chinese E-commerce Market: HERE
Apr 10, all day, 2017
China will become one of the largest E-commence markets in the world. By 2020, its market size will be bigger than the US, Britain, Japan and Germany. This webinar provides a holistic picture on a general overview on the Chinese E-commerce market, domestic legal and policy environment, business opportunities and key considerations for EU SMEs.
This webinar covers the following five topics especially:
- E-commerce worldwide
- China’s E-commerce Market
- Key growth drivers
- Barriers to entry
- Considerations for foreign companies
Understanding Chinese Business Culture: Making the Right Step Early on in the Market: HERE
Jul 5, 2016, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Understanding Chinese culture is essential to doing successful business in the country.
Many companies fail in the Chinese market within a few years due to lack of cultural sensitivity, for example, they often misinterpret verbal and nonverbal signs given by their Chinese business partners and teams, and misunderstand the intention and emotions behind.
Knowing the differences and similarities in Chinese values, behaviours and thinking patterns can help you make more informed business decisions and improve communication efficiency in your organisation in this increasingly competitive market.
This webinar will guide you through the essential aspects of effective intercultural business communications in China and reveal common mistakes often made by international companies.
In this webinar you will learn:
- The basics of Chinese business culture: values, behaviours and thinking patterns;
- Tips for effective intercultural business communication in China;
- How to avoid common communication mistakes and misunderstanding.
How to Tap into China’s Evolving Energy and Environment Sector: Policy, Market Opportunities and Business Strategies: HERE
Tue, Jun 28, 2016: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CET
To tackle challenges arising from economic slowdown, booming energy consumption and alarming environment issues, the Chinese government has been reforming its energy and environment sector for years, allocating enormous funds and providing favourable policies to encourage new businesses enter the sector.
This webinar will discuss how European small businesses can develop right strategies to capitalise on China’s policy priorities in energy and environment sector. It will reveal the key drivers in the market, top Dos and Dont’s for foreign businesses, explain how to avoid typical mistakes and share the best practices on how to succeed in the country.
After attending the webinar you will:
- Gain an overview of the major challenges faced by China in its energy and environment sector;
- Understand the direction of China’s energy and environment policy reform and implications for businesses;
How to Improve Packaging to Protect Your Beverage Products from Counterfeits in China: HERE
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST
Being the world’s largest consumer market, China’s demand for imported beverage products continues to increase over the past decade. However, counterfeiting activities in the market does not only cause damage to the original brands and businesses, but also impose risks to consumers’ health.
This webinar will explain why packaging is important when selling beverage products to China, and how modern technologies could protect your brands from counterfeiting activities and facilitate communication to distributors and end consumers in China.
Join the webinar and learn about:
• New trends in the Chinese beverage market and opportunities for European brands;
• Protection systems to fight against counterfeited products;
• The packaging – last frontier between protection and communication.
How to Avoid Common Mistakes when Entering into Sales Contracts in China: HERE
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST
Negotiating sales contracts in China can be stressful, especially without an in-house legal team to advise you. A well-drafted sales contract can significantly influence the course of your business deals and achievements in China. This webinar will explain how to manage contract terms to reduce risk when exporting to/selling in China, specifically looking at key provisions, contract clauses, parties identification, liability and dispute settlement. After attending the webinar you will:
• Be able to check whether your Chinese buyer really exists
• Understand how to properly execute a contract in China
• Understand which key clauses to include in your sales contracts
• Know what to do when things go wrong
How to Market Your Small Business in China on a Shoestring: HERE
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 14 Jun, 2016
Marketing and promotion are keys to business success. However, small businesses and organisations often struggle to find time, the right people or money to manage their marketing activities, especially when it comes to entering a new market overseas.
This webinar aims to guide European small businesses with limited resources to develop an effective marketing strategy in the Chinese market. It will explain the main differences in the essential aspects of marketing in China and how to adapt strategies for a successful operation.
After attending the webinar you will:
• Understand the marketing specificities of China;
• Be able to give clear direction to your marketing team;
• Adapt your main marketing messages to China;
• Be able to choose the right communication channels.
The Alcoholic Drinks Market in China: Features, Highlights and Business Opportunities: HERE
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 10 May, 2016
China is the biggest consumer of alcoholic drinks in the world. While the sale of the Chinese rice liquor Baijiu is still very popular, demand by local consumers for imported beer, spirits and wine has increased over the past decade.
Following recent work on an EU SME Sector Report on the Alcoholic Drinks Market in China, the aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of the alcoholic drinks market in China, retail channels available, entry model suggestions and the relevant regulations.
After attending the webinar you will have a general overview of China’s alcoholic drinks market. It will also assist EU SMEs in understanding the opportunities available to them and the associated challenges.
China Outlook: 13th Five-Year-Plan: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm, 24 May, 2016
In March 2016, the Chinese Central Government officially released the 13th Five-Year-Plan (FYP). This 13th FYP is China’s master policy blueprint in which the highest levels of the Chinese leadership set out the goals, principles and targets for China’s development in the next five years. Furthermore, it provides orientation for China’s economic and social development and points out the challenges and objectives on deepening reforms and strategies to welcome the “new era” of the Chinese economy. One of the key objectives is innovation and entrepreneurship, which will provide many new opportunities for EU innovative SMEs.
As the 13th FYP will have a significant impact in both China and abroad, foreign enterprises, especially EU SMEs, should have a closer look at the changes of the policy and regulatory environment, and understand the potential impact to your business operation in China.
The webinar will share with you the insights of China’s master plan for 2016-2021 and the future business opportunities for European SME businesses:
- The 13th Five-Year-Plan initiative
- Its background and major content
- The implications and opportunities for European SMEs
The interactive Q&A session during the webinar will give you an opportunity to voice your feedback and contribute to SME policy at EU level.
China’s Healthcare Reform: Features, Highlights and Business Opportunities: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm, 26 April, 2016
The healthcare sector in China, which is faced with the challenges of insufficient resources and poor service especially in rural areas, is today a social and strategic priority for China and the target of a comprehensive reform.
The new reforms introduced by the Government in 2015 target three main areas: infrastructure development, reduction of costs and new investments.
The wide ranging scope of these reforms will have a substantial impact on stakeholders and industry players including: international medical device firms, drug makers, hospital operators and IT Companies.
The Government’s recent emphasis on the opening up of the private sector has attracted global attention in the development of China’s healthcare sector. The reforms have brought new investment opportunities for European companies.
This webinar will provide insights into the ambitious healthcare reform, its impact on the current healthcare sector in China and the opportunities arising for European SMEs operating in this field.
Joint the webinar to learn more about:
- The main features of the current Chinese healthcare system, the trends and the dynamics;
- The main business opportunities and challenges for European companies;
- The best market entry strategies.
Using WeChat for Business | Digital Marketing in China: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm, 12 April, 2016
WeChat is one of the most popular social media platforms used in China today with over 650 active users. The platform is deeply integrated and includes social features, as long as messaging, e-commerce, payments and financial services. Yet many foreign companies are unaware of how to use WeChat to market their products and services.
This webinar will explain how foreign companies can use WeChat for marketing. It will include a clear description of the application’s features, the possibilities for companies to leverage them, the integration of e-commerce and cross-border e-commerce to WeChat, as well as the optimal ways to do marketing on the platform.
After attending the webinar you will:
- Have a clear vision of the features of WeChat
- Know how WeChat can be used for promotion and e-commerce
- Learn about several case studies of successful WeChat branding and sales
- Know how to generate traffic on WeChat, from within and from outside China
- Understand the main regulation and logistic challenges with setting-up cross-border e-commerce solutions via WeChat
China Telecoms Catalogue 2015: Key Changes and Impacts on European Businesses: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm, 5 April, 2016
China’s Ministry of Information and Technology (MIIT) released a revised edition of the Telecommunications Catalogue in December 2015, which came into effect recently on March 1st, 2016.
The Catalogue 2015 brings extensive changes to the telecoms licensing regime in the country and has direct impacts to businesses in this sector.
This webinar will explain the key changes in the Catalogue to help European SMEs better evaluate the opportunities and challenges in the Chinese market.
Join this webinar to learn more about:
- Policy support for innovation and digitalisation in China;
- Market entry requirements for foreign investment in China’s telecoms sector under the new Catalogue;
- Introducing the new categorisation of value-added telecommunications services (VATS);
- Advice for European SMEs looking to do business in China’s telecomms sector.
General Aviation Sector in China: Status, Challenges, Outlook and Useful Contacts: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm, 15 Mar, 2016
The general aviation (GA) in China is at its early stage of development, opening opportunities for European businesses. In this webinar, the Centre invites an expert who has engaged in negotiation with GA sector in China to share insights on the recent development of this industry in the country.
Join the webinar to learn about:
- Status of GA in China: Market Size, Segments and Growth Demands
- Major Barriers to Enter the Market
- Future Outlook: Updates on Chinese Regulations, EU-China GA Negotiations and Opportunities for Business;
- Useful Contacts in China’s GA Sector
Exporting Organic Food to China: New Food Safety Law and Cross-border E-commerce Policies: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm, 22 Mar, 2016
Urbanisation has happened at a rate never seen before in China. For a growing middle class and their families, food safety is still one of the main concerns, particularly for those with young children. Thus, many urban residents now seek out alternative food sources.
As China’s food and beverage market continues to grow. To address remaining concerns over the country’s food safety issues, the Chinese government has been restructuring its mechanisms to supervise food production and distribution over the past two years. On October 1st 2015, the amended Food Safety Law (FSL) entered into force, which is considered as the most stringent Food Safety Law ever passed in China.
Organic food and imported products from the European Union countries have risen in popularity. In cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, the number of specialist and boutique food shops selling organic food is growing, especially among the Chinese middle class and expatriate community who have disposable income and are willing to pay a premium for good-quality, safe food.
In this context, the EU SME Centre will host a webinar to answer key questions faced by SMEs planning to sell their organic products in China, for example:
- What is the market for organic food in China?
- What are the ‘right’ strategies to introduce or expand my product line to include organic?
- What certifications and labelling requirements are there?
- What are the opportunities / challenges and how to overcome them?
- How are companies currently marketing their organic products in China?
- How to use E-commerce to sell organic products?
How to Ensure Quality Control of Your Products and External Service Providers in China: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm Jan 12 , 2016
In a country as big and diverse as China, how can you be sure that what you are buying is good quality or good value? The majority of factories will request a full payment before shipment. This can make it extremely difficult to seek redress against a supplier should there be an issue. This webinar will explore how each of the above issues can be overcome in China’s unique business environment.
After attending the webinar, you will:
- Gain an overview of the manufacturing industry in China;
- Be better prepared for the issues that may arise within this industry;
- Understand how factory audits and quality control should be carried out in the country;
- Know the main aspects when selecting an external service provider.
How to Prevent Common Labour Disputes in China | Practical Advices for EU SMEs: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Dec 15 , 2015
Employment relations are often undervalued by many enterprises as they are viewed as relations where economic value and potential financial loss is not substantial.
Therefore it is crucial to pay attention not only to labour laws and regulations, but to carefully draft, publish and make binding internal rules as well as a staff handbook, which is an effective tool to prevent common labour disputes.
If you are about to set up a company in China, plan to adjust your HR management system or strengthen internal processes, then join us for this webinar to clearly understand:
• The role of a staff handbook and how to make it binding and enforceable;
• Provisions to include in your handbook;
• Ways to prevent common labour disputes including termination and claims for bonuses.
Energy & the Environment in China: Development, Trends & Opportunities for SMEs: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm Dec 1, 2015
Join this webinar to understand the newly approved regulations, get a clear understanding of the market background and develop an effective business plan.
This webinar will provide insights into the sectors and cover topics including:
- The latest legislative national laws approved from China’s central government;
- The evolution of major environmental sectors such as water, renewable energy, waste to energy/heating, industrial pollution control;
- Major business opportunities and technologies requested from local Chinese market;
- How to develop a successful business in China’s environmental and energy sectors.
China’s ‘Water Ten’ Plan: Introduction, Analysis and Market Insights: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm Nov 5, 2015
On April 14th 2015, China announced an ambitious action plan to clean up water pollution over the next five years. The plan, released by China’s State Council, follows a pledge last year by the nation’s Ministry of Environmental Protection that China would spend more than €9.6 billion (RMB 70 billion) to tackle its water problems. It promises a “massive reduction” in serious pollution, strict controls on extraction of underground water and continuing improvements in drinking water quality by 2020.
In this webinar, China-Britain Business Council expert Patrik Li will introduce the plan, also called the ‘WATER TEN’ plan, look at the major changes and milestones and discuss potential opportunities for European SMEs. Michael Zhao, Chief Manager of ARUP Water China will discuss his experiences of working in the water market in China and share his views on the challenges in implementing the action plan.
Join our webinar to find out about:
- Recent changes to the legal framework in China’s water sector;
- Main challenges China is facing in the next ten years;
- Opportunities and risks for foreign companies in the Chinese water market.
How to Approach the Chinese Tourism Market and Seize the Opportunities: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm Oct 27, 2015
Chinese tourists are currently highlighted in western magazines as an unstoppable, constantly growing force bound to lead tourism revenues worldwide. The main mistake that operators, as well as regional and local Tourism Associations, are currently making is to behave as if the rules and expectations that drive the China market and its customers are the same ones western tourism relies on. This happens both when facing the end consumer (B2C) and when engaging in B2B relationships. The result often leads to poor outcome, slow and confused processes and frustration especially when managing or promoting less-known destinations.
This webinar will introduce some fundamental references about the origins and development of Chinese tourism, in order to better understand the current market opportunities. Based on real cases and field experience, we will analyse key factors to keep in mind when approaching this evolving market.
After attending this webinar you will:
- Have updated information concerning the Chinese tourism market
- Learn how to approach it as an SME based in Europe, the current trends and why some destinations are preferred to others
- Understand processes and dynamics involved in dealing with Chinese operators (B2B), their needs and expectations
- Be aware of the correct communication tools, promotional vehicles and suitable platforms to attract the Chinese travelers and raise interest and awareness about your destination
How to adapt your communication strategy to the Chinese market: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Oct 13, 2015
The communication environment in China differs greatly from Europe in terms of language and media. The internet functions almost like an intranet cut from the rest of the world, resulting in a completely different social media ecosystem. This webinar will focus on how to adapt your strategy to communicate more efficiently with the local market. We will discuss differences and introduce simple concepts for adapting a global strategy to China.
Join this webinar to get an overview of:
- The communication environment in China;
- The importance of brand and story localization;
- How to approach media relations and build a social media presence.
How to Prepare for Food & Beverage Trade Fairs in China: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Sep 29, 2015
As we gear up for a busy November month in China for SMEs active in the Food and Beverage sector, the Centre will take an insider look at the SME pavilion at World of Food Exhibition in Beijing (18th-20th) and help you prepare in the best way possible for opportunities at trade fairs in China. Find out what is changing in the market and how you can find effective business partners.
Join our webinar to get the answers and make the most out of the opportunities.
- Why is now the time for European SMEs to consider China’s Food & Beverage market?
- What are the trends, what has changed?
- Can I sell my foodstuff in China?
- Why do I keep hearing about Free Trade Zones? Is this relevant for me?
- Is selling online a feasible option for my product in China?
- How can I make the most of the trade fairs?
- How do I find a partner in China?
What SMEs should Know about Product Safety for Consumer Products in China: HERE
September 8, 2015, Central European Time: 10:00 – 11:00 | China Standard Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Product safety for consumer products in China does not have a good reputation overseas. Such a background makes it easy to believe that regulations for product safety in China are underdeveloped and enforcement inconsistent. Nothing could be further from the truth! For any organisation planning to export consumer goods to China it is of the utmost importance to become familiar with this system.
This webinar will explain the mechanisms for control and enforcement of product safety in China, focussing on the practical impact of these regulations and on how to successfully navigate the system.
How to Comply with Company Reporting Rules in China: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Aug 25
Setting up a company in China is a highly demanding process and many foreign investors feel relieved once this phase is behind them. But the administrative work doesn’t stop there.
Companies, including foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) and representative offices (ROs), are obliged to comply with many administrative duties, including regular reporting, filing and registrations.
This webinar will provide a complete picture of the administrative duties – including content, procedures and deadlines – required for FIEs and ROs to comply with Chinese legislation and regulations.
After attending this webinar you will:
- Know how to file an annual report and register changes with State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC);
- Be aware of an FIE/ROs tax reporting obligations; and
- Understand the penalties for non-compliance.
How to Check if Your Chinese Business Partner is Legitimate: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Aug 4
Conducting proper due diligence is one of the essential steps that European SMEs need to take before engaging in business with partners in China. It will help you avoid business scams and identify a more reliable partner for your business in the Chinese market.
After attending the webinar, you will:
- Be aware of the most popular scams in China at the moment;
- Be able to check whether your counterpart really exists;
- Understand how to properly execute a contract in China;
- Know which sources are available to verify financial information;
- Learn some basic techniques to carry out operational due diligence.
Access to Equity Financing for EU SMEs Based in China: Different Options from Seed Financing to Listing: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm Jul 21
Having access to equity finance remains a challenge for SMEs today, whatever their development stage is. In order to increase your success rate to finance your growth, it is important to understand the key factors of a successful fund raising in China and what will make the difference when presenting your company to potential investors.
In this context, the EU SME Centre and the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China (BenCham) will host a joint webinar to discuss a number of major issues you need to look out for when approaching investors in China.
In this webinar, you will learn:
Which kind of investors you should target at your development stage?
How to present your company to investors?
What should be the content of the corporate presentation?
What are equity investors focusing on?
How to avoid pitfalls?
Why the investors will choose your company in particular?
When to go for a listing? What are the advantages and drawbacks of a listing?
How to Develop Effective Digital Marketing Strategies in China: HERE
6 July 2015
Central European Time: 10:00 – 11:00 | China Standard Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Building a unique and effective digital marketing strategy is one of the keys to success in China’s ever-growing online market. However, the digital marketing ecosystem in the country has its own characteristics. In this joint webinar hosted by the EU SME Centre and the French Chamber of Commerce in China, you will gain a better understanding of China’s digital marketing landscape and how to adapt strategies to gain more Chinese online consumers.
In this webinar, you will learn features of the Chinese online market and consumer behaviour:
Baidu is not Google: Why going beyond SEO is a must in China;
Social marketing in China: How to utilize social media such as WeChat and Weibo to reach more target consumers;
Online advertising in China: Tools and cost.
How to Export Meat Products to China: HERE
9:00 am – 10:00 am June 2, 2015
In 2000, a few European countries initialed the first protocols to export meat to China and the EU’s market share in China has been growing steadily. Over a period of 15 years, more than 200 establishments from 13 EU countries have already obtained the approval to sell their products in the Chinese market. However, managing the meat importing process and conforming to a multitude of regulations in the complex regulatory framework remains a major challenge for meat exporters from Europe.
This webinar will help you gain a good understanding of the meat market in China and provide you relevant import regulations and procedures. Join the webinar to learn:
- An overview of the meat market in China;
- Step by step introduction into the regulatory framework;
- The main requirements of the Chinese Food Safety Law;
- The key points for meat imports to China;
- The import procedures;
- Packaging and labelling; Challenges and recommendations for SMEs.
How to Seize Opportunities and Overcome Challenges in China’s ICT Sector: HERE
9am – 10am May 26, 2015
China is working hard for its domestic players to ride this wave of growth, and many of them have begun to emerge as world-leading ICT giants. However, there are still niche markets where European companies can size real opportunities.
In this context, the EU SME Centre and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will host a joint webinar to explain the primary opportunities for European SMEs and major challenges they need to tackle to succeed in the market.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- The structure, major players and key government contacts in China’s ICT sector;
- Government strategy and regulatory trends;
- A list of areas with opportunities for European SMEs;
- Practical business strategies that could help you to overcome major challenges;
- Case studies with best practices from European ICT companies doing business in China;
- Latest findings from the EU SME Centre and CBBC joint report on the ICT sector.
How to Access the Chinese Medical Device Market: HERE
4pm – 5pm May 12, 2015
China’s medical technology market is expected to become the second largest in the world in the next five to seven years. China represents numerous opportunities for European companies but understanding the practicalities of accessing the market is not simple.
In this context, the EU SME Centre and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will host a joint webinar to update you on the latest changes in China’s medical devices regulations and a wider picture of Health China 2020. It will explain the changes in the product registration process, clinical trials for advanced medical devices and alternative solutions for class I and/or II devices to access the market.
This webinar will also serve as a pre-departure briefing for companies that plan to attend this year’s China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in Shanghai in May, the largest exhibition of medical technology in the Asia-Pacific region.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- The current Chinese healthcare reform and hospital provision system;
- The regulatory structure of China’s medical devices market;
- The latest changes by China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) in the product registration process, procedure of clinical trials, and potential impact on SMEs;
- Possible alternative solutions for class I and/or II devices to access the market;
- Opportunities and challenges for EU SMEs in R&D collaboration and wearable devices market for a mega-health initiative in China.
How to Apply for the CCC Mark in China: HERE
4 pm – 5 pm May 5, 2015
The China Compulsory Certification mark (CCC) covers a broad range of consumer goods, electronic and industrial products; and compliance with the mandatory requirements is a precondition for entering the Chinese market.
Products listed in the Catalogue of Products are subjected to compulsory certification. The list currently contains about 20 broad categories and is constantly expanding.
The certification procedure includes factory inspections, type testing at a designated Chinese laboratory, and marking of the product, which can be time-consuming and work-intensive for EU SMEs.
In this context, the EU SME Centre will host a webinar to answer the key questions faced by SMEs when applying for the CCC mark in China:
• When does the CCC mark apply?
• What are the technical requirements?
• What to do? Step-by-step guidance on compliance;
• What are the main challenges and how can you overcome them?
How to improve cyber security for your business in China: Practical advice for european SME´s: HERE
With more than 600 million internet users and a growing number of people using mobile payment systems, cyber security in China plays an important role. In 2013, the costs of criminal cyber activities in China were estimated at 37 billion U.S. dollars. Therefore in recent years, China’s leadership has acknowledged the importance of cyber security and declared cyber security as a key priority. Nevertheless, it remains as a critical issue concerning many European SMEs doing business in China. In this context, the EU SME Centre will host a webinar to explain primary cyber security challenges in China and provide solutions for your businesses.
After attending the webinar you will learn:
- Major cyber security challenges faced by European SMEs doing business in China;
- Recent development in China’s digital infrastructure;
- Ways to protect your business from potential cyber risks.
How to Manage Contract Terms and Reduce Risk in China: HERE
5 pm – 6 pm, Jan 27, 2015
Negotiating contracts in China can be stressful, especially without an in-house legal team to help advise along the way. For a successful business and, more importantly, to make sure you operate within the law, putting together a well-drafted contract can significantly influence the course of your business deals, and achievements in China.
This webinar will explain how to manage contract terms to reduce risk when doing business in China, specifically looking at key provisions, contract clauses, parties identification, liability and dispute settlement.
After attending the webinar you will:
- Be able to recognise what is a valid contract;
- Know exactly who you are concluding a contract with;
- Understand what to do when things go wrong.
How to Avoid Business Risk in China – A Guide to Due Diligence for EU SMEs: HERE
Doing business in China involves a series of challenges and risks that international companies need to address carefully in order to achieve success in the market. Some may face bribery, business fraud, anti-trust investigations or procurement bans from government and state-owned enterprises. Thus re-evaluating your China risk exposure, and adjusting your business strategies in order to continue to benefit from the opportunities offered by the China market is crucial. A new book written by Jeremy Gordon Risky Business in China demonstrates how a strategic approach to risk management and due diligence can not only reduce business risk in China, but also provide excellent business intelligence to support negotiations and business relationships.
In this context, the EU SME Centre is hosting a webinar that will shed light on the new reality of China risk and provide a guide to avoiding the pitfalls of doing business in China for EU SMEs. This webinar will:
- Introduce China context and challenges for EU SMEs
- Analyse business risks with Chinese characteristics
- Explain due diligence approaches & applications
- Suggest due diligence toolkit & checklist
- Present the new risk reality for EU SMEs in China
Coaching for High Impact Leadership in China: HERE
As the demand for business results continues, the retention of talent becomes more critical. Coaching is becoming a skill that many managers are drawing on for motivating their staff. Employees today are expecting a clearer career path and are showing a desire to take on increased responsibilities. Research has shown that “retaining employees has more to do with the quality of their work experience” than solely with their pay level.
This webinar will explore how managers and leaders can incorporate coaching into their leadership style by providing answers to the following questions:
- How can coaching create a learning culture?
- What are effective coaching skills for leaders?
- What are the trends in China pertaining to coaching?
- How can you incorporate coaching in the feedback dialogue in particular in a fast paced work environment?
Online Education for EU SMEs in China: HERE
China is rapidly becoming an internet superpower having overtaken the US in term of number of internet users in 2012. In addition, the rise of mobile internet, the spread of 4G networks, and the decreasing costs of smartphones are accelerating this trend. While this boom in connectivity is disrupting many market sectors, the online education sector is one area that is expected to have particularly high growth in the coming years. This presents new opportunities for EU SMEs looking to enter the market or leverage these new tools to maximise the productivity of their Chinese workforce.
This webinar will explore several aspects of the China online education market:
- How is the online education market growing in China?
- What kind of online education tools are being provided to businesses in China?
- What opportunities are available for foreign education to reach the China online market?
- What are best practices for companies that would like to implement online education tools into their business?
Developing a Truly Global Leadership Team – Leveraging Similarities and Differences of Chinese and European Leaders: HERE
As China continues to transition into a more mature economy, characterised by a more complex, ambitious and volatile business environment, having the right leaders with the right capabilities has become far more important for business success. Over the last five years many foreign businesses with operations in China have transitioned key leadership roles originally held by expats to Chinese managers and leaders. Both multinationals and SMEs in China are and will continue to rely more heavily on Chinese leaders to drive the success of their China operations.
- In what ways are Chinese leaders and European leaders similar and different in their approaches to leadership?
- What distinguishes highly effective Chinese middle management from highly effective Chinese senior management?
- What behaviours can Chinese leaders employ to help them have a greater impact?
- What do we know about perceptions of Chinese leaders that may limit their opportunities to reach their full potential? And, what can we do about these perceptions?