Doing Business


The Confucius Institute actively promote knowledge and understanding of China and Chinese business in the business community. Collaboration with organisations such as China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce allows the Institute to build up links and contacts throughout the British business community, while giving that community the benefits of the cultural and linguistic expertise in which the Institute excels.

Sheffield China Business Seminar 

Six series of China Business Seminars was held during September 2017 - February 2018.

China SeminarsBen Hui, China Project Manager at Creative Sheffield, has been working tirelessly in bringing about six seminars that includes valuable contributions from working partners, including Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield, China Britain Business Council, China Brampton, CISDI, Department of International Trade, EasyMoshi, International Trade Forum, Irwin Mitchell, Lloyds Bank, New Era Development, Santander UK, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Sheffield City Region, South Yorkshire International Trade Centre, Withers & Rogers and Yee Kwan Ice Cream.

The Finale of the Sheffield China Business Seminar was taken place on 7th February, 2018. Attendance included Mr. Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor (Economic & Commercial) at the Chinese Embassy to the UK and Mr. Wang Ying, Counsellor, Head of Education Department at The Chinese Consulate General in Manchester. Welcome was given by the Julie Dore, the Leader of Sheffield City Council.

The theme of the seminar was ‘Belt and Road Initiative - Opportunities for companies in the Northern Powerhouse’. 

Previous seminars held in the series:

Seminar 1: Taming the Dragon: An Overview of the Chinese Market (at Sheffield Town Hall, Sept 6)

Seminar 2: Doing Business in China: An Introduction to Chinese Business Culture and Etiquette (at the University of Sheffield, Oct 4th)

Seminar 3: Developing Your Market in China: Sales, Marketing & Business Development (at The University of Sheffield, Nov 8)

Seminar 4: How to get your Intellectual Property Protected Rights in China? (at Sheffield Town Hall, Dec 6)

Seminar 5: Getting paid from China: Advice on Finance and Money Repatriation (at Sheffield Town Hall, Jan 10)

Bridging the UK and China

SCI provides an important insight into Chinese Business and Culture and its underlying philosophy which enables UK companies to communicate appropriately with their Chinese counterparts in daily conversations and business negotiations.

  • SCI promotes trade delegations to China, helping them in finding Chinese business partners and marketing their own business in China.
  • SCI provides consultancy to UK companies in terms of Chinese business culture and its underlying philosophy.

Business Services: Training and Courses

SCI provides the teaching of Chinese language to its business clients, which can be tailored to suit a business customer's individual needs.

  • "Vocational Chinese" allows a business to train their staff in Mandarin speaking skills in order to improve their services to Chinese customers.
  • "Survival Chinese" equips the business people and professionals with the language and cultural skills necessary to work and travel to China.
  • "Private Lessons" caters for individual needs, including testing for businesses wishing to train or recruit new members of staff who can speak Chinese.

These courses can be held at the University of Sheffield or on-site at the organisation.

China Workshops for Professionals


Intercultural communication "Business Workshops" aims at staff from the university, businesses and other civic organizations that have links with China. The event comprises three sessions: a Mandarin language lesson focusing on key useful phrases, a talk on intercultural communication and correct etiquette, and an interactive workshop where participants are asked to use their newly acquired language skills in role plays with members of SCI staff

"Doing Business in China" Seminar Series

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Confucius Business Gateway

Fringe event at MADE 2016: The Entrepreneur Festival, Sheffield
10 November 2016, The Diamond

Doing Business in China, Seminar 7
Business with China, Doncaster, 29 April 2016

Doing Business in China, Seminar 6
Are You Ready for China, 8th March 2016

The 1st UK China-Britain Trade Expo, London
The SCI jointly organised the first UK China-Britain Trade Expo 2016 on 18 January 2016. The SCI invited Shanghai Theatre Academy to perform Peking Opera at the Opening and Closing events.
28 January 2016, London

Doing Business in China, Seminar 5
Cue China
Fringe event at MADE 2015: The Entrepreneur Festival, Sheffield
21 October 2015, Sheffield City Hall

A Taste of China
Jointly organised with University Great Ambassador Scheme and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
28 July 2015, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield

Doing Business in China, Seminar 4
28 May 2015, at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Doing Business in China, Seminar 3
Crossing the Bridge to China
Fringe Event, at MADE 2014: The Entrepreneur Festival, at Sheffield City Hall

Doing Business in China, Seminar 2
Using Chinese Classics in Today's Business World
13th June 2014, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield

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Doing Business in China

1st May 2014 at Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield
Jointly organised by: Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield; Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and China-Britain Business Council