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.

Register with SIP and be eligible for FREE Training and Consultancy

Registration Deadline: by the end of October 2018 (already passed)

China Seminars

Do you own a SME, or are you part of a SME (working for a Small and Medium-sized Business)? We would like to provide you with long-term support by drawing fund from European Union and Sheffield City Region. If your business would like to explore opportunities, or strengthen existing collaborations, or seeking partnerships, in doing business with China, we are here to support you.

Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is a regional initiative, jointly delivered between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, which aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships with SMEs by providing access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities.

Partly financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the services include bespoke research and innovation based consultancy, workshops and other event.
At the Confucius Institute, we would like to offer our expertise in Business Chinese and Culture, and bespoke consultancy in doing business with China.
12 hours of contact time to each company can be provided, such as tuition in Business Chinese language and culture (either in-house at your company or at the University of Sheffield), meetings, discussions, research and documentations.

Eligibility to get involved:

- Businesses in the Sheffield City Region, including Sheffield, Rotherham, North East Derbyshire, Doncaster, Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Bassetlaw and Barnsley. See attached Map.

- SMEs especially, with Companies House registration number or Charity Number, employing fewer than 250 persons and having an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million.

Bridging the UK and China- Business Consultancy

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

Sheffield China Business Seminar

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

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)

Seminar 6: Belt and Road Initiative - Opportunities for companies in the Northern Powerhouse (7th February, 2018)

"Doing Business in China" Seminars 

BusinessDoing Business in China, Seminar 8
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

Doing Business in China SeminarDoing Business in China, Seminar 1
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

Please contact us:      0114 22 28332 / 28447