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Behind the scenes in China
Bus, plane, boat, a delay in Hong Kong and finally, Julian arrives in China to be personally met and warmly welcomed by one of our Far Eastern partners.
This close working relationship has been built up over the last 10 years and has become something very special to us. This visit was long overdue and will serve to strengthen the link and expand the business relationship already long established. Knowledge of their current capabilities, and the opportunity to have face to face discussions are ways in which we can improve our services, and provide greater flexibility and solutions for our clients.
As presents are a very important part of Chinese culture, we had sent Julian with a suitcase full of English gifts. One of these was something of a joke; a book on nonsensical English phrases, as the contacts we speak to daily are always intrigued by some of our more quirky expressions. As a result we are now receiving emails littered with “let’s not beat around the bush” and we are “passing the buck” etc etc!!
In return, Julian travelled back to England with just as full a suitcase! We were given extremely thoughtful gifts; beautifully wrapped biscuits and special teas for everyone in the office to try.
Life is certainly different in the Far East, as you would expect, with work culture being one of great pride. Often workers live at their place of work and so as a result there is a great family feel and one of huge loyalty.
Communal mealtimes during the working day gave Julian the chance to share traditional Chinese food and allowed time to exchange news about homes and families. Often there were activities for everyone to join in with after work hours; Julian was guest of honour at the Tug of War and after a false start where he broke the rope (read into that what you will about Julian!), he did us all proud. Sadly however, he was beaten hands down at several games of pool, although Julian’s version was ‘narrowly defeated due to differing rules’!
It was great to catch up and Tim will look forward to his visit later in the year to progress things further; as always, looking to develop and increase the service we provide to our clients.