Member of the Month: February 2014
A high-flyer in more ways than one, Lilian has taken her entrepreneurial skills all the way from Hong Kong to Glasgow. Lilian runs her own Chinese business consultancy, Ulovebusiness, and is a regular attendee at GYP events. Find out more about February’s member of the month and her consultancy below.
What’s your background?
I am originally from Hong Kong and I studied at The Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow after graduating from Visual Communication Design in Hong Kong. I worked in Media & Architectural Design for over 12 years. Whilst helping my parents grow their business in Asia, I gained a lot of business skills and marketing experience from a very young age.
Tell us about your company.
I set up my own Chinese business consultancy almost 5 years ago for companies that are interested in expanding and growing their business in Asia.
I have stayed in the U.K. for over 16 years and have gained a great deal of cultural awareness and business experience from working alongside many different types of companies. I am proud to support, and work very closely with, SMEs which are looking to expand into Asian markets.
I have been involved in lots of PR, marketing and networking activities as well as company start-ups, project management and promotional work throughout China and elsewhere in Asia. I can offer market insight and connections that can help businesses.
I am totally focused on supporting our clients to grow and prosper in the competitive and difficult Chinese market. I encourage and promote more business opportunities between the United Kingdom and China / Asia.
If money and time were no object, what would you do?
I would climb, fly and dive anytime and anywhere I could.
I would travel the world and meet as many people as I could to hear their life stories and spend my money to help people where money is an issue for them. Alan Watts once said:
“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”
I would also invest in social enterprise initiatives to help regenerate communities.
When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?
Music, design, photography and travel.
Any recommendations for a good night out, book you’ve read, cinema/theatre, music, sport?
I like to have a quiet drink with friends and share life experiences and happiness.
I don’t read many books but I like to talk to different people. I think people should have face to face communication as this is a very important part of life. We can always can learn something new from others.
I also love jazz; piano players are my favourites.
Why did you join GYP? Any advice for new members or those thinking about coming to their first event?
GYP allows me to meet people with a similar mindset in different professions, the conversation is always interesting and the atmosphere is relaxed: I really enjoy this after a busy day at work.
Any advice for new members? Don’t be shy and have fun! You have nothing to lose by meeting new people. Just go for it!
What have been your favourite GYP events?
Speed Networking at the monthly drinks event – very interesting idea to bring people together this way: it can be good for your business and professional development, or just simply as a way of meeting other professionals socially. Also it’s surprising how much you can actually talk about in 5 minutes…
The Burns Supper and Ceilidh 2014 – It was a great night and I like to meet people in an atmosphere where you can enjoy good food and a few drinks. The GYP team always runs good events in great locations; I always have great fun.
Are there any events you would like to see us run?
A charity event could be organised to help people, whilst giving us the opportunity to enjoy ourselves at the same time.
Are you a member of any other networking groups?