Not For All The Scooters in China

Doing business with the Chinese nearly proved this British entrepreneur's undoing when he tried to build his scooters in China.

Published: 13-Jan-2010

At 8 o'clock in the morning, the Bright Mountain Motorcycle factory in Wuxi, one hour's drive from Shanghai, whirrs into life. But as the production lines start rolling and workers begin bolting together the day's order of motorcycles and scooters, one person is not happy.

Chris, who asked that we did not use his real name, is a 28-year-old British entrepreneur determined to make his fortune by manufacturing high-end electric scooters in China and importing them to Britain.

He arrived in the southern city of Guangzhou two years ago to search for a factory that would help him design and build a scooter. Without any experience of business in China, or any language skills, it has been a gruelling process.


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