Building business in China

PRP Architects (PRP) was set up in London in 1963, and has since grown to become the sixth largest architectural practice in the UK.

In 2007, the Government in Chongqing, China offered the practice a commission to design an urban city plan. The British Consul General in Chongqing visited PRP in the UK to offer his support in promoting the practice in China. PRP successfully delivered the Chongqing urban design project in July 2010.

Meanwhile, the practice has continued to work with UKTI to build on this experience to win new business, including: taking part in Trade Mission to Chongqing and Chengdu; showcasing its work at the Queen’s Birthday Party, held by the British Consulate General; and attending a UKTI dinner party with the head of the Qi Jiang Government, for whom the practice subsequently undertook an industrial park urban design project.

“Culturally, the Chinese lay a lot of store by personal relationships,” says Tina Han Chen, Design Director of PRP Architects in China. “Having a strong connection to the British Government gave us credibility. UKTI has proven to be a great marketing channel as we grow in China, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.”

Helping you access international markets

Doing business in another country can be a challenge, so it’s good to know that UK Trade & Investment is there to help you succeed.

Fast facts

Company: PRP Architects


Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, overseas missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, UK Trade & Investment can help you crack foreign markets and quickly get to grips with regulations and business practices overseas.

UK Trade & Investment’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) is a flexible business tool, letting you use the services of our trade teams, located in our embassies, high commissions and consulates across the world, to benefit your business.

A service package could include::

  • Market, sector advice

  • Analysis of market entry strategies

  • Support during overseas visits

  • Identification of possible business partners

Sectors: Architecture, Construction, and Creative & Media
Countries: China and London
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