Embrace new opportunities and start a business in China. There is such a British entrepreneur, who was deeply attracted by the opportunities contained in China. He started his business in China for more than ten years and won the China Government Friendship Award. And his family also has deep roots with China. Today we will listen to his story.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: My name is Simon haworth, and all my friends in China call me Simon. I am an entrepreneur. I have been dealing with China since 2012, mainly engaged in entrepreneurial activities in the fields of biology and agricultural science and technology. The real reason why I came to China to start a business is the opportunity contained in China.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and winner of China Government Friendship Award: At that time, I was looking for a place in the world suitable for developing biotechnology, clean energy and agricultural science and technology. At that time, many friends suggested that I must visit China. So around 2010, I came to China for research, and I was very surprised to find the entrepreneurial soil of China, where the business ecology is the best place for us.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: China attaches great importance to science and technology. Many people will say that we brought technology to China because China needed it. Actually, it’s not like this, not at all. For a long time, we have been looking for application opportunities for these technologies on a global scale. China is one of the most important regions in the world, where our technology can play its due role.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: In 2016, I was chatting with my father one day, and he said, "Do you remember, the story between our family and China is very long?". I only knew that my grandparents had lived in China for a month until my father asked me to visit the attic of my ancestral home. There is an old-fashioned box in the attic, which is full of all kinds of documents. Among them, I found my grandmother’s diary and books written by other ancestors. Only then did I know that I was the fifth generation in my family who had been dealing with China continuously. Looking through this dusty diary, I found my grandmother’s records about Wuhan, and the company I founded in 2012 is also in this city.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: I am now almost where my grandparents stood, 50 years apart.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: Standing on the edge of the Yangtze River and listening to the story of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, it is an unusual feeling to find that my grandparents once stood in the same place. You think you’ve been exploring alone in the world, and suddenly you find that I’m also continuing the story of my family and China. It was also in that year (2016) that I brought my eldest son George to China, and he became the sixth generation of our family dealing with China.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: What I want to do now is to bring British biotechnology to China. I seek two goals, capital and market, and China is the place where I have both resources. I think this represents an important stage of global development, which I call the China era.
Simon haworth, British entrepreneur and China Government Friendship Award winner: A few years ago, I drew a picture. On the right side of the painting is the landmark building in Britain in my life. On the other side of the painting is China, which is painted in color. I also specially drew the Yellow Crane Tower and Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge. I want to convey the message that the eyes of the whole world are focused on China, and the baton of global leaders is passed from country to country. Now is the era when China shines brilliantly, and it is of great significance for me to participate in it.
Chief Producer Jiang Qiuyong Mei Yan
Producer Pan Linhua Xu Qi
Reporter Sun Lan
(CCTV news client)