JOIN US: Liverpool City Region Business Delegation to Shanghai & Suzhou, 15-20 April 2019

14th January 2019

Part of the Liverpool – Shanghai 20th Sister Cities’ Anniversary Celebration:

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Liverpool and Shanghai.

It provides a golden opportunity to promote Liverpool’s international profile and to boost the city’s link with Shanghai in culture, education, sports, healthcare, trade and investment.

Government leaders, private partners, organisations and institutions from both cities expressed keen interests to put together a series of events from 10th February to 31st October 2019 to celebrate the link.

As part of the celebration, Liverpool has been invited by Shanghai government to be the Honorary Guest City for the 7th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair, 18-21 April 2019, where Liverpool will have a pavilion to showcase expertise to 30,000 professional visitors to the fair.

Mission brief:

To complement the pavilion showcase opportunity Liverpool City Council invites local, city region and NPH businesses and partners to join as part of a Liverpool outbound business delegation to Shanghai 15-20 April 2019.

The mission will be of interest to companies and institutions wishing to strengthen links with Shanghai and tech businesses looking for investment / partnerships with China.

It will also be of specific interest to those engaged in:

AI, data, immersive, sensor and blockchain tech innovation for the following sectors:

  • Advanced manufacturing;
  • Entertainment/leisure;
  • Environment;
  • Health & Life Sciences.

During the trip, we will also build on the commercial link between the University of Liverpool and its joint campus with Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTLU) in Suzhou (30 mins train journey from Shanghai).  We will host trade and investment workshops and business match making event in Suzhou Industry Park – which is known as China’s Silicon Valley, with the XJTLU International Business School’s commercial partners.

The mission will be promoted and supported by Shanghai, Liverpool and UK central governments, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration activities.

Liverpool Terracotta Warriors Exhibition and Shanghai-Liverpool sister cities relationship shown on Shanghai skyline during British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Shanghai, 31 January 2018


  • Be part of the official Liverpool-Shanghai 20th anniversary delegation, and gain exclusive access to senior decision makers in Shanghai/Suzhou/Liverpool/UK government, business and academic networks;
  • Potential to be part of the Liverpool showcase space and access speaking opportunities in the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair 2019 as honorary guest city delegation;
  • Access free pitch sessions in Liverpool Trade & Investment workshops in Shanghai and Suzhou;
  • Access tailored business match making and prearranged one-to-one meetings;
  • PR opportunities


Invest Liverpool will work with local partners to cover the costs of events and meetings, one-to-one business match making, official entertainment, event interpreters and PR promotion.

Delegates will be expected to cover own international & domestic travel (approx. £600-£800 for economy class), accommodation (approx. £120-180/day), subsistence and other extra costs such as bespoke interpretation services.

Next steps:

To create a bespoke programme for the delegates and deliver it to the highest standard, organisations will need to apply to join this mission.

If you would like to find out more information about the mission, to register your interests, or to apply to join the delegation, please contact:

Mi Tang, China Manager, Invest Liverpool

T: +44 (0)151 233 5917

Stephanie Lowey: Investment Officer, Invest Liverpool

T: +44 (0)151 233 5917