Training and digital learning consultancy Hewlett Rand is making its mark in Hong Kong having secured a contract with the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB).
The Bristol based consultancy has developed a new digital learning strategy for the organisation, which it is beginning to roll out to its corporate and personal members.
Richard Lowe, Director of Training and Digital Learning said: “HKIB are responsible for the professional qualification of bankers within the region and we have developed a digital learning strategy to support the professional development of their members, as well as expand their online capability to a global banking community.”
“The first stage has been to help them source and launch their eLearning portal with over 500 financial services courses. This contract provides a great introduction to the financial services market in Hong Kong and, as we now have a local representative, we are well placed to see what other training and digital learning opportunities we can support.”
Hewlett Rand’s journey to export was given a boost by the support offered by Department for International Trade (DIT) and its Exporting is Great campaign, a government initiative to consolidate the export support available to businesses.
Richard said: “Working with DIT and taking part in a number of its trade missions over the last few years helped us gain a better understanding of the China market. They have been vital allies in our effort to gain market entry, providing valuable information and support here and in Hong Kong.”
Richard is keen to encourage other businesses to take the plunge into export but points out that their success has not happened overnight.
He said: “Starting to think on an international scale requires commitment and a significant investment of time, energy and resource. It is worth taking the time to identify not only the best market for your business but also which particular skills and services will work best for export.”
Hewlett Rand has benefited from membership of the Bristol and West of England China Bureau which was established in 1998 to help businesses in the region foster a closer relationship with China.
“I’ve been a member of the Bristol and West of England China Bureau for several years and it provides a great deal of local know-how and connections to China. It brings together all those interested in making links with China, providing an opportunity to network with other local exporters and share knowledge, experience and contacts. The Bureau has built up extremely strong links with key regions in China, particularly Guangdong Province, which is helping to stimulate trade flows between the UK and China.”
Hewlett Rand continues to focus on developing its UK and export opportunities by supporting businesses with training and digital learning needs and is due to launch its bespoke video training production service later this month.
Heidi Cheung, DIT Education and Training adviser, said: “We are delighted to see Hewlett Rand’s hard work come to fruition. Their commitment to their export strategy is extremely impressive with regular travel between UK and Hong Kong to build trusted client relationships, which is a vital ingredient to their success so far. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Richard and his team at Hewlett Rand as they start their next stage of their export journey."