NE Region Annual Dinner

On 25 April some 60 friends of the HKS North East gathered at Liu Dining, on Newcastle Upon Tyne’s spectacular Quayside, for the Region’s annual dinner.


There were tables from the NE England Chamber of Commerce, InvestHK, the NE Chinese Assocn and a host of leading academics from Durham University, other friends and supporters. They heard from James Ramsbotham CBE, Chief Executive of the Chamber, Andrew Seaton, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and Ms Priscilla To, Director-General of the HK Economic & Trade Office in London, about the economic and other strengths and opportunities of Hong Kong and the great openings for British business in the HK Special Administrative Region. All enjoyed too a sumptuous meal provided by Kevin Liu and his excellent team! Our thanks go to the very generous sponsorship of the NE Chamber and InvestHK

Chinese New Year 2019

On 12 February ex co-chair of the NE Region Chris Fraser OBE organised two tables, in which HKSNE members participated, for the ever-colourful Chinese New Year Dinner of the NE Chinese Association. The annual event was held in the Palace Garden restaurant in Newcastle’s popular Chinatown. Everyone, young and not-so-young, had a lovely time, with good food and good company, stage shows, the always spectacular lion dances and the all-important raffle!

Chinese New Year 2018

HKSNE attended the NE Chinese Assn’s CNY Banquet last evening at Palace Garden in Chinatown, Newcastle–a great evening, typically noisy and colourful! Here are some photos:

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L-R Robin MacKay, Pippa Mackay, Clinton Leeks (Chairman of HKSNE), Maria, Alvin Cheung (Co-ordinator HKSNE)

HKSNE—“Doing Business in Hong Kong” Seminar

On 31 October the HKS NE Region supported an event delivered by the HKETO/London, InvestHK and the NE Chamber of Commerce (NECC) in the beautiful Castle Suite overlooking the Durham County Cricket Club Ground at Chester-le-Street. Over 60 people attended to hear the Director General of the HKETO Priscilla To, the CEO of the NECC James Ramsbotham and two panels of business entrepreneurs and experts discuss Hong Kong’s unique advantages as a business location, in terms of business culture, the rule of law, SAR Government policies, tax and transport connections. The speakers highlighted the opportunities for NE business, both in Hong Kong and via Hong Kong into China and SEAsia, including the new opportunities being opened up by China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative. There were two lively panel discussions facilitated by InvestHK, and afterwards a convivial networking session followed over drinks and canapés.


The event was also supported by the Department for International Trade, HKTDC, the NE Combined Authority, the China-Britain Business Council, the NE Local Enterprise Partnership, and Emirates Airlines, who generously sponsored a raffle draw.

Hong Kong Society North East Visits Teesside!

21 April 2016

The Hong Kong Society North East Region (HKSNE) is the newest region of the national Hong Kong Society which was set up in London 40 years ago to promote links between the UK and Hong Kong.

The HKSNE was inaugurated at a dinner in Newcastle’s Chinatown in late 2014, attended by over 70 local representatives of the business, cultural, professional and academic communities of the North East. The aims of the HKSNE are to encourage business, professional, social and cultural links between the North East and the city of Hong Kong, which since 1997 has been a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.  Both Regions are growing centres of business, trade, and technology, and share a common enthusiasm to establish stronger links with each other and with the wider world.

Following the success of the first dinner a further event was held in Newcastle in the summer of 2015, when the Director General of the HK Economic & Trade Office in London visited the Region and attended as guest of honour.

On Thursday 21 April 2016 the HKSNE, with the support of numerous local business and other organisations, held its first event in Teesside. The Tees Valley, with its own strong economic developments in ports, trade, logistics, industry, communications and technology has like other areas of the North East its own interest in developing stronger business and other links with the huge dynamic economy of China–for which Hong Kong is a commercial and transport hub as well as being the premier gateway.

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The event included a guided tour of the iconic Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, over 100 years old, winner of numerous engineering accolades and Grade II* listed.  This was followed by cocktails and canape’s and the opportunity to network at the Brasserie next door to the bridge’s southern tower.

The event was generously co-organised by PD Ports of Teesport, and was co-sponsored by:

  • PD Ports
  • HSBC plc
  • University of Teesside
  • Camerons Brewery Ltd of Hartlepool
  • Clipper Logistics plc of Leeds
  • Harrogate Spring

On 26 May 2015 the Region hosted the Director General of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, Ms Erica Ng JP, as its guest of honour at a dinner attended by over 60 business people, community leaders, artists and students at the Sky Restaurant in Newcastle’s Chinatown.

It was Ms Ng’s first visit to the North East and she and her deputy Ms Cherie Yeung took the opportunity to spend a day in the city, also meeting the North East Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders and representatives of the NE Chinese Association. Undeterred by earlier threats of a rail strike she changed her plans and travelled by air, and guests applauded her commitment in making the journey despite her very heavy schedule back in London. In her address at the dinner she updated those attending on current steps to fully develop representative government in Hong Kong, and on the unique opportunities Hong Kong offered as a business partner for the North East, especially given its strong and close economic relationship with Mainland China.

The event was generously supported by PD Ports based in Teesport, the Hong Kong Society in London, UK Trade & Investment, the China-Britain Business Council and Emirates Airlines.

CL 1 June


On the evening of Friday 7th November the Hong Kong Society North East Region held its inaugural event at the Sky Restaurant in the heart of Newcastle’s Chinatown. In true Hong Kong style the 65 guests, a broad mix of sponsors, community leaders, business people, former residents and those with connections or a strong interest in Hong Kong and students, wined dined and chatted over an excellent Chinese meal. They were addressed by guest of honour Andrew Seaton CMG, former British Consul General in HK, who reviewed past and recent developments in Hong Kong and spoke with cautious optimism about the city’s future. The event was generously supported by UK Trade & Investment, the Hong Kong Society in London, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in the UK and Emirates Airlines.

The feedback after the event was very positive and the society is now looking forward to a successful 2015 with a number of events to be announced including a function to be attended by the head of the HK Economic and Trade Office in UK.



Further information can be found on the Branch webpage alongside the Hong Kong Society`s pages at and click on HK Society or contact:

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