It was an eventful week for the founder of 3P Logistics
Question – what has Lord Maude, David Cameron, Jack Ma (the second richest man in China) and a North West Logistics business all have in common?
Answer – they all have an insatiable passion for flying the flag for International Trade between the Great Britain & China.
In advance of the recent state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Ian Walker – MD of 3P Logistics joined a 40 strong British trade export delegation to Shanghai. The 5 day, 11,000 mile whirlwind trip culminated in an official reception at HSBC Shanghai offices in the presence of Lord Maude – Minister for Trade.
Whilst out in Shanghai, Walker received an unexpected invite to attend an evening reception with the PM at 10 Downing St to celebrate British Entrepreneurs and was only too happy to accept.
Jet lag aside the prestigious event was a roaring success capped off by a surprise meeting with Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack Ma.
With business cards exchanged it was now time to get down to some real business:
“An official invitation to accompany Mr. Walker to his beloved Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium!.”
“The Shanghai trip brought numerous introductions to some key players associated with facilitating cross border trade in China and the UKTI are doing a sterling job in helping to champion British business out there.
To be asked to join the China trade delegation was one thing but to be invited into number 10 to meet the PM was a proud moment for me personally but also a fitting tribute to the continued efforts of the 3PL team.
Meeting the founder of Alibaba was the icing on the cake for what was a truly memorable evening.
Whether he will take me up on the offer of a pie & a pint at the match? – well only time will tell……”