Anticipation is building ahead of the Bucks Skills Show on Thursday October 12th at Adams Park, High Wycombe, and on Saturday October 14th at The Gateway, Aylesbury.

Chiltern Chamber is very excited this year to be organising a stall with Chamber member ChinaAcumen.

ChinaAcumen ( is run by husband and wife Simon Stokes and Lucy Qian. It is a business consultancy putting its extensive on-the-ground Chinese business experience at the disposal of UK and international businesses looking to do business in and with China.

The Bucks Skills Show is organised by Buckinghamshire Skills Hub, part of the Bucks and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP). It is described as “an experiential careers show designed to give students and young people a chance to speak to real businesses, get a taste of what different industry careers are like and listen to a range of speakers from local, national and international businesses. All with the aim of helping you find the right career and start your journey off!”

Businesses are asked to represent their industry (rather than just themselves), explaining potential opportunities and career paths. At their ‘stands’, the industry representatives are asked to provide information in an engaging and interactive way.

With a fortnight still to go, we understand that more than 800 visitors were booked in for the Saturday, with numbers continuing to climb.

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Chiltern Chamber teaming up with China Acumen

Professor Brendan Walker sponsored by Chiltern Chamber at Bucks Skills ShowOne of the key strategic aims of the Chamber is to encourage the workforce of tomorrow via skills and training initiatives. In 2016, the Chamber sponsored one of the keynote speakers, Professor Brendan Walker, to address youngsters on opportunities in engineering (right).

Chiltern Chamber will organise the Chiltern Chamber/ChinaAcumen stand; ChinaAcumen will provide information and advice on the Chinese economy, and doing business in and with China.

We shall focus on the powerhouse that is the Chinese economy, and the potential career and employment benefits for youngsters engaging with China, prepared to learn Chinese languages etc. A number of language and culturally oriented activities are planned, to engage and provide insights to the audience.

We are delighted that Chris Webster, Programme Director of the newly-created Swire Chinese Language Centre for Oxford will be assisting us, and he has been invited to be one of the show’s speakers.

We are also grateful for the assistance of some younger people who have made the journey of studying Chinese, some now starting to apply it in their working lives. Vivienne Goodger (BA Chinese Studies Cambridge 2013), Holly Holdsworth (MA Chinese Studies Edinburgh 2015) and Louis Carmichael (currently at Goldsmith’s College) will be on hand to share their experiences. Their relevant experience – and their age! – will all add to the likelihood of successful engagement with the students visiting the show.

Can You Help?

Though we have made great progress in organising our stand, we remain open to all ideas, assistance and materials, helping us to engage and entertain young people in interactive ways. In particular, if you teach Chinese in Buckinghamshire, your insights as to how young people can get started in learning Chinese locally would be invaluable.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact Robert Gibson on 01494 868932, or

Further contacts:
ChinaAcumen: Simon Stokes: 07388 301732 /
Chiltern Chamber: / 0800 014 9811