Hong Kong delegation warm to Cambridge technology expertise
A delegation of senior executives from Hong Kong, in town to road test Cambridge innovation, intend to evangelise expertise within the cluster after returning home.
The 15 delegates were here on the Advanced Management Programme on Innovation organised by Professor Alan Barrell who works part of his time as Professor of Management Practice with Hong Kong Management Association.
The delegates participated in a week-long programme of lectures and workshops at Lucy Cavendish College and visited product innovator Cambridge Design Partnership as well as the world famous Cambridge Science Park, St John’s Innovation Centre and Allia’s Future Business Centre.
Dr Victor Lee, CEO of Hong Kong Management Association – an organisation with a large membership in Hong Kong and China – said: “We truly appreciated the opportunity to take our senior executives and business leaders to Cambridge, especially [the] visit to Cambridge Design Partnership.
“At CDP, our members saw such a thorough approach to successful product design and development based on a real understanding of the power of innovation and how to manage it.
“We came away with a strong feeling that the unique approach of CDP is something lacking in our own part of the world – notwithstanding the progress we see Hong Kong and China making in technology business development.”
Professor Barrell agreed that “indeed there is a real need for the structured and focused approach of CDP to innovation, design and development to be available to companies in China and Hong Kong concerned to make innovation work ever more effectively as they grow.
“Post-Brexit our business relationships with China will become ever more important – and it is very encouraging for those of us out and about selling UK Ltd. when organisations such as CDP and its management take such time to support the work of introducing our special Cambridge knowledge and expertise to those coming from afar to seek business connections.”
CDP founder Mike Cane gave a presentation about product development at the company and the delegation was given a tour of facilities. Cane said: “We were very pleased to host the delegation from the Hong Kong Management Association as part of its Cambridge Innovation Programme.
“The China region is a rapidly evolving source of technology and product innovation – and we are excited by the opportunities this presents for us in the UK.
“The close links generated by Alan Barrell’s delegation are very valuable to us at Cambridge Design Partnership. As an established provider of innovation services – primarily in the US and Europe at present – these links help us plan how we can help this new generation of Chinese companies succeed.
“We are well placed to help them develop new products, brands and services to target the European and US markets.”