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Talks between Tewkesbury Borough Council, Join In China, Star Hydraulics from Tewkesbury and Wuxi City Government have taken place to build what will hopefully be a long-lasting and fruitful relationship between Tewkesbury borough and eastern China. 

Wuxi City delegates

A delegation of six representing the Wuxi City, located in the south of Jiangsu Province, half way between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, visited Star Hydraulics in Tewkesbury on Friday 2 December. The delegation was led by Director General, Hemming Shao and included other officials and businesses representatives.

The visit, arranged through Join In China, provided the perfect opportunity for Star Hydraulics’ managing director, Paul Shillam and International Sales Director, Steve Gandar to showcase their business and explore potential trade links. They were supported by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s chief executive, Mike Dawson, who spoke in depth about the benefits of doing business in the area.

Speaking after the meeting, Paul Shillam,said: “It is great to have the support of Tewkesbury Borough Council and Join in China to help forge important trade links that may lead to opportunities to grow our business. We got off to a great start with a really productive meeting and the delegation was impressed with what Star Hydraulics and our borough has to offer so I’m looking forward to more detailed talks and exploring the prospects that open up."

Mike Dawson, chief Executive Tewkesbury Borough Council, said, “It is a priority for the council to support local businesses and help drive economic growth in the borough. Wuxi City has a population of around 6.5m, which is almost 70 times larger than the population of our borough, but because of growing companies like Star Hydraulics, we are able to showcase the area as a place where global industry leaders want to grow and do business, as well as keeping close links with their local community. I do hope this introduction stimulates trade opportunities for the both Tewkesbury borough and Wuxi."  
Tewkesbury Borough Council is currently working in partnership with, Join In China to help local companies explore potential trade links, which will support future business growth. Join in China is a Gloucestershire based business specialising in creating opportunities for UK companies looking for growth by entering the Chinese market.