Liverpool China Partnership


For centuries, Liverpool has enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship with China.

The trade links between China and Britain via the ports of Shanghai and Liverpool were instrumental in the establishment of a Chinese community in the city. Mainly trading silk and cotton wool, the first vessel arrived in Liverpool direct from China in 1834.

The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Liverpool in 1866 with the establishment of the Blue Funnel Shipping Line, part of the Holt Ocean Shipping Company, which ran steamers directly from Liverpool to China. Chinese sailors who chose to remain in the city were settled in an area near to the city’s docklands in Cleveland Square. It was here that Chinese settlers first started to set up business in Liverpool.

Almost two centuries later, Liverpool is now home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and has since established trade and investment agreements with several Chinese cities and regions, including Shanghai, Kunming, Qingdao, Tianjin and Xi’an.


Celebrated around the world for its iconic ‘Merseybeat’ sound and as the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is a melting pot of music, cultures and communities.

One of the UK’s greatest sporting cities, Liverpool City Region is home to two of England’s most decorated football teams, Liverpool F.C and Everton F.C., as well as Wirral’s Tranmere Rovers who play across the River Mersey in Prenton Park.

It’s a vibrant and exciting city at the heart of one of the fastest growing regional economies in Europe. We’re ranked No.1 in the UK for both entrepreneurship and business growth, renowned for our cutting edge technology and R&D and currently top the Northern UK league table for business innovation.

Liverpool offers businesses and investors opportunities across a broad range of industry sectors including; financial and professional services, low carbon, digital and creative industries, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, logistics and leisure.

We’re proud to be home to global Fortune 500 companies, complemented by a large, diverse base of innovative SMEs and start-ups. Major investors in the region include AstraZeneca, BNY Mellon, Jaguar Land Rover, Maersk, Siemens, Sony and Unilever. Liverpool is also the host city of International Business Festival – the UK’s foremost global trade and investment event.


The Liverpool China Partnership (LCP) was formed to expand, strengthen and deliver greater benefit from the Liverpool City Region and Isle of Man’s trade, investment, tourism, education, cultural, civic and other links with China.

The city’s world-class educational institutions, favourable investment environment and state of-the-art deep water container port facilities continue to attract investors, students, business visitors and tourists from China. We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool.

You can view the Liverpool China Partnership brochures here. They are available in English and Mandarin.




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If you would like to receive more information about the Liverpool China Partnership, please email Mi Tang:

Mi Tang joined the Liverpool Vision as the Head of China Affairs March 2017. Her role includes:

Bringing investment and trade opportunities from China to Liverpool and wider Liverpool City Region

Promoting Liverpool’s profile in China and strengthening high-level links with priority regions in China

Developing and supporting the Liverpool China Partnership

Attracting Chinese delegations to the International Business Festival

Before coming to the UK, Mi worked in areas of trade & investment, government relationship, business environment and marketing with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Trade in China.

Mi has a strong track record of assisting British businesses to win contracts and lobby cases in China, as well as helping Chinese companies to set up business in the UK. She is widely connected with high-level policy makers, business leaders and media in China, and has been instrumental in forging Liverpool’s partnership with Southwest China in her position as the Head of Regional Affairs (Yunnan, Guizhou) in the British Consulate General, Chongqing.

Mi Tang has earned her master’s degree in International Business Law & Regulation with Distinction.

We also have an office in Shanghai, working with Connect China. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a meeting:

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