Recently I was delighted to be invited to meet the UK's Taiwanese Ambassador, Dr Liu Chih Kung on his visit to see our historic town. Following on from Selby's sudden increased tourism due to Asian Pop Star, Jay Chou getting married in the Abbey, the ambassador wanted to see the famous location for himself. Selby is very famous in Asia. My business mentor, Nigel Adams MP made the arrangements to welcome Dr Liu to Selby and invited me to attend the business lunch. Nigel Adams wanted to help the ambassadors idea of increasing the UK-Taiwanese business partnerships and exportation between the two countries. The Ambassadors delegation party included Mr Lee, the Director of the Taipei Economic Division, Mr Horng, Managing director of the Taiwan Trade Centre and Miss Lee assistant director to the UK's Taiwanese political division. All the members of the delegation we're very friendly and spoke excellent English. They we're very interested in the items and services our company supply and suggested possible ideas that I'll work on in the very near future. I had various decisions with them all as they wanted to help Small and Medium sized businesses (SME's). Companies such as mine do not have vast marketing departments or over seas distribution agents. The Chief Executive of Selby District Council, Mary Weastell gave a presentation about the huge benefits of working with the areas businesses and how infrastructure was already in place to help make the partnerships run smoothly. During the networking lunch, I was invited to email each member of the delegation separately to see what help, guidance and progression they can help my company with.
Theo Paphitis has launched the ‘Theo Paphitis Art Prize’ in conjunction with his business the London Graphic Centre, offering cash prizes to budding artists. Theo