Facilitationg Memoranda of Understanding between Northamptonshire and China

Impact: 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), Economic impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG)

Description of impact

Researchers at the China and Emerging Economies Centre have facilitated multiple Memoranda of Understanding focussed on strengthening relationships between local businesses and China.

In May 2018, The University signed an official agreement forming a strategic partnership with Silverstone Circuits Ltd (SCL) to explore opportunities in China. The 'Exporting Silverstone to China' programme will use the resources of both parties, including their networks and research expertise. As reported in Business MK, head of partnerships at Silverstone Circuits, said: “We are keen to explore opportunities to bring our unrivalled expertise and experience to the Asian market place. The university has helped not only Silverstone Circuit but also the wider Northants community to both identify opportunities and ensure that ongoing dialogue is conducted effectively and in a culturally respectable manner.'

Building on this, in 2019 researchers at the centre facilitated the signing of two MOUs between Northampton Borough Council and the Dalian Municipal Government of China. Dr He describes this as an ‘important milestone’, which will help to ‘strengthen Northampton’s civic relationship with Chinese local authorities but also open the door in China for Northampton businesses.’ On request of Dalian local authorities, He and his team have mapped out the important institutions in Northampton and the surrounding Motorsports Valley, and engaged in frequent knowledge exchange visit between the two areas.


Silverstone Circuts Limited; Northampton Borough Council; Dalian Municipal Govt.

How have research outputs led to this impact?

The MOUs build on the Centre's research into the rise of China and its enterprises, and the resultant opportunities and impacts. Supported by research grants from Leverhulme/British Academy and the British Council, Dr Shaowei He, Director of the Centre, has also explored the complex factors, such as institutional, cultural and communication factors that contribute to business relationships between China and the UK. These research insights have been applied in his advisory role to local authorities and businesses.
Impact statusOngoing
Category of impact09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG), Economic impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG)