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06 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Taking on two roles – Interim CEO of Lotus China

There can be few more privileges than to be engaged in the success of not just one but two Great British automotive brands. In Sept 2014 I took up an engagement as the Interim CEO of Lotus Cars China. The company was formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. by engineers Colin Chapman and Colin Dare, both graduates of University College, London, in […]

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24 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Opening the container on the 1st Morgan 3 Wheeler to enter China (legally).

It was a proud day – going to Tianjin to open the container for the Morgan 3 Wheeler. It seemed like so long ago that we had ordered this, and we had been through many legal barriers to have the vehicle imported; it is considered neither a motorcycle (too heavy and has a steering wheel) […]

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12 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Entrepreneur at Full Throttle – FT article on Morgan in China

On the day that Boris Johnson visited the GREAT exhibition in Beijing in Oct 2013 and the Morgan stand, I met FT journalist Tom Mitchell. He kindly showed an interest in our story. It was lucky for me that on 11 Feb it was a slow news day, and they ran this article about the […]

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25 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Galloping into my 9th year in China.

                On 25th Jan 2006 I landed in China from Singapore to start my adventures an entrepreneur here. As I am British it seemed fitting to review history a little: 2006 Registered WOFE for EASTWEST PR in Beijing Ran Singapore marathon in lifetime best of 3:50 2007 Became […]

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24 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Morgan Plus 8 Returns to China, finally

    At last the Plus 8 saga has been resolved.  What should have been a simple customs delivery and inspection went wrong in early May when the CIQ officers took the 4.8L , GBP200,000 Morgan for a spin, literally, along the tree lined streets of Tianjin. The ensuing crash led to a clash between […]

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11 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Morgan cars China opens showroom in Qingdao

Ian Lockhart, UKTI, launches Bespoke Car brand in Shandong Province 9 December 2013: Beijing,China. Morgan Cars China has opened the first showroom in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. Guest of Honour Mr. Ian Lockhart, First Secretary (Trade and Investment) of the UK Trade & Investment Department of the British Embassy, formally opened the 320 m2 showroom […]

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19 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Morgan Cars Beijing showroom opened by HM Ambassador Sebastian Wood

And so finally, we opened the showroom and had the British Ambassador, Sebastian Wood, a Morgan Plus 8 and Mr Wu all arrive on time. We launched our China 250 Wings project also , and invited Stuart James to be on the stage with us. As always with these affairs, the reports of our ability, […]

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09 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

18 Years of EASTWEST Public Relations in Asia

June 14th 1995 I arrived in Singapore to open the communications agency which has reached 18 this year, formerly eastwest communications and today known as EASTWEST Public Relations. I had GBP3,000 as start up capital, two large green suitcases and a borrowed Toshiba laptop. In those days there was not the Internet, email, nor mobile […]

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