Last week both I and my fellow partner David Gorton attended the Praxity annual global conference in Beijing. The event, like previous conferences, included a number of high profile speakers from a variety of backgrounds, covering a range of topics. The overriding theme was China and how the country and people have adapted to significant changes in a relatively short period of time.
The conference enabled us to make new connections and also meet old contacts. Developing new business opportunities was the key focus but there was a little time to visit certain historic sites including dinner in the Great Hall of The People, a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and a walk along the Great Wall of China.
Although there was very little time during the conference to explore Beijing, the small part that I did manage to see was a play on the senses. The scale of Beijing is mind blowing, including both the number of people and the amount of traffic. Driving in Beijing is not for the faint hearted and having been involved in a crash in the taxi from the airport – thankfully nobody was hurt – I decided that I would not be hiring a car for any future visits!
Being part of Praxity enables PM+M to have direct contact with like-minded advisers in all four corners of the world including China, Australia, USA and Europe. The global conference allows attendees to meet and discuss opportunities face to face. Whilst difficult to measure the success of the conference on a personal level, it was informative and thought-provoking, if a little tiring!
The conference was extremely well organised and clearly takes a great deal of planning to ensure each day runs smoothly. Praise should be given to Graham and the rest of the team for delivering such an event no matter where in the world it is held. Thanks are also due to this year’s hosts, ShineWing, for their superb hospitality. Next year the conference is being held at Gleneagles in Scotland. A little closer to home and hopefully a safer drive!