UK Partnering with Hong Kong for the Annual Business of Design Week

Business of Design Week (BODW) will be held in Hong Kong in late 2019 as a collaboration of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the Department for International Trade of the United Kingdom (DITUK).

BODW, Hong Kong Design Centre’s flagship programme is a world-class annual event celebrating design, innovation and brands. The 2019 event will see the return of the UK as the official partner country, after their initial and successful collaboration back in 2006.

The UK’s joining hands again with Hong Kong Design Centre is a significant milestone in the long-term partnership between the UK and Hong Kong to groom the design and creative community together.

This week-long event is a multi-disciplinary event which serves as a valuable platform for professionals across industries and sectors to network, exchange ideas and explore new businesses. Summits, a gala dinner, networking events and concurrent programmes, as well as a fascinating roster of satellite events will take place throughout Hong Kong in the first week of December, to ensure that the creative spirit will be felt all over the city.

BODW has inspired over 120,000 global participants each year, from seasoned and emerging designers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers to the general public. 

The Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Raymond Yip. Mr Yau said, “By bringing and connecting global design talents and world-leading businesses in Hong Kong, BODW is a testimony of our dedication and commitment to supporting the design community. With the UK as our official partner country, I am confident that BODW 2019 will continue to inform and inspire with its dynamic and diversified programmes and create new collaborative opportunities on all fronts.”

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for the UK Department of International Trade said, “As a world leader in innovation the UK had 58,000 tech startups last year, equivalent to one new business every hour. As an international economic department, we are pleased to reenter into this partnership which will provide a huge boost for the collaborative work between our design and creative communities.” 


Bottom row, from left:  Ms Jenny Koo, Director, Service Promotion, HKTDC; Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of HKDC; and Mr Paul McComb, Director General, Trade & Investment, British Consulate General Hong Kong signed the Letter of Intent with witnesses

Top row, from left: Mr Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Prof. Eric Yim, Chairman of the Hong Kong Design Centre; Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade of the United Kingdom (UK); Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr Andrew Heyn, Consul-General of British Consulate-General Hong Kong and Mr Victor Lo, Chair of BODW Steering Committee




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