16 Oct, TusPark Newcastle hosted a major visit by Shenzhen’s European Office, on their first official visit to the North of England.
The delegation comprised of Lin Yi (Chief Representative of the Shenzhen European Office), Mao Xi (Assistant Representative), and Michelle Wang (Representative to the United Kingdom). They were met by Colin Tan, Director of Operations for TusPark Newcastle, who led them on a tour the TusPark Newcastle office, showcasing its capabilities and the reach of its network in the UK through Barclays Eagle Labs, which is a close partner. They also met its residents, viewing the IoT Makerspace and its facilities.
This was followed by event attended by representatives of the North East region, Newcastle Council and the business community, especially those with an interest in going to China, or supporting other entrepreneurs who are going to China. Sintons, a law firm in Newcastle, was also present as a local partner for TusPark Newcastle, who supports local North East entrepreneurs.
Councillor Ged Bell, Cabinet Minister for Employment and Culture of Newcastle City, welcome the delegation: “Newcastle is a place of innovation and creativity, with some of the highest student numbers from China in the country. We hope that this will be the first of many engagements with Shenzhen city.”
Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), also welcomed the delegation during the event, mentioning that a delegation from the North East led by TUS UK, and including Sunderland Software Centre, and Sunderland University, will be visiting China next month, including Shenzhen. This would be the first official visit by representatives of the North East to Shenzhen.
Members of TusPark Newcastle also presented at the event, indicating their existing links and ties with Shenzhen. One such member is Temporal Computing, which is working on a new type of low-power computation semiconductor, working currently with a major tech company in Shenzhen.
The delegation was also led by TUS UK on a visit to the Manchester ecosystem, where one of TUS’s portfolio companies, SimplifAI, which does intelligent transport management using AI, presented, as it has been to Shenzhen twice before and has plans to work with the city.