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Working with Hunan

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Hunan – Lincolnshire’s sister region

Lincolnshire County Council signed a friendship agreement with China’s Hunan Province in 2016, strengthening the county’s existing civic and business links with the region. After this joining of the two regions, a piece of analysis was undertaken by the China Britain Business Council, which researched Hunan’s economic landscape. The research identified areas where collaboration between Lincolnshire and Hunan could be mutually beneficial, including agri-tech, trade, investment, education and environmental protection.

In October 2018, the bond between the two regions was strengthened further, after Lincolnshire County Council hosted a high-level delegation of Hunan officials. This led to the signing of an ‘Official Sister Region Agreement.’ As China prefers to do business with places, people and organisations they know well, this agreement has helped to support trade between Lincolnshire and Hunan.


Three Year Plan

A longer-term plan is currently being developed by Lincolnshire County Council. This strategic document focuses on mutually beneficial areas, and highlights ways in which trade between Lincolnshire and Hunan can benefit local people and businesses, and improve the relationship between the two regions, as well as help to bolster the UK-China relationship. By combining our knowledge, ideas and projects, we can work together to develop new solutions to local, national and international challenges.


Opportunities for local businesses

The bond between Lincolnshire and Hunan is an opportunity for Lincolnshire businesses to grow. Through trade and collaborative working, this relationship is a chance for both regions to prosper.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our sister region agreement with Hunan, or the many opportunities this presents for your business, get in touch here.


Useful contacts

Whether wishing to work with Hunan or explore trading with China as a whole, these contacts provide useful advice and information.


Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade not only helps UK-based businesses to take advantage of overseas opportunities, but also helps international businesses to bring their investment here. DIT has a comprehensive network of specialists in the UK, British Embassies, and other diplomatic offices across the globe.  

Find out more about the services they offer on the website.


China Britain Business Council (CBBC)

The China Britain Business Council helps British and Chinese businesses to work collaboratively in China, the UK and markets around the world. The CBBC work with the British Chamber of Commerce in China to support businesses of all sizes and sectors, whether they’re a multi-national or an SME. As well as offering consultative services and providing research, the CBBC hosts a range of events.

If you’re interested in trading with China, take a look at the export opportunities available on their Export Opportunities Finder.