Dinner celebrates ties with China

The business panel at Yorkshire & Humber Chinese New Year Dinner (from left) Julian Turner of Westfield Sportscar, Diane Simpson of AW Hainsworth, Greg Wright of The Yorkshire Post, Eric Hawthorn of Radio Design, and Chris Duley, GMAP Consulting
The business panel at Yorkshire & Humber Chinese New Year Dinner (from left) Julian Turner of Westfield Sportscar, Diane Simpson of AW Hainsworth, Greg Wright of The Yorkshire Post, Eric Hawthorn of Radio Design, and Chris Duley, GMAP Consulting
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CHINESE consumers are developing a passion for snooker tables and sports cars, and these trends are fuelling economic growth in the UK.

These were some of the entertaining facts that emerged at the Yorkshire & Humber Chinese New Year Dinner, which was held at Leeds Civic Hall.

The dinner, which was supported by The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, UK Trade and Investment, the China-Britain Business Council and law firm DLA Piper, celebrated the growing economic ties between Yorkshire and China.

A business panel, which was chaired by Greg Wright, the deputy business editor of The Yorkshire Post, featured entrepreneurs with Chinese connections. They were Eric Hawthorn, the managing director of Radio Design, based in Shipley, Chris Duley, the commercial director of Leeds-based GMAP Consulting, Diane Simpson, the director of specialist textile firm, AW Hainsworth, from Pudsey, and Julian Turner, the chief executive of Westfield Sportscar.

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