China deal for Laindon

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball with PMI boss Mr Chen Haiyan and county councillor Kevin Bentley

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball with PMI boss Mr Chen Haiyan and county councillor Kevin Bentley

First published in Echo News Basildon Recorder: Photograph of the Author by

CHINA’S biggest publishing company has opened a new UK head office in Laindon.

After signing a deal with Essex County Council in April, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group has opened the office in Hornsby Square, on the Southfields Business Park, creating eight jobs, with more in prospect.

In China the company employs 11,000 people and leads the way in publishing, book distribution and printing as well as having interests in hotels, real estate, and finance. Its annual sales income is about £1.2billion.

The Laindon office will deal with printing, copyright trading and publishing businesses..

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said: “This investment from China’s leading publishing company is fantastic for Basildon and the whole county.

“We have worked very hard to make Basildon an attractive destination for international investment and today’s opening is testament to that.”

The deal came after an Essex trade mission visited China in March. The trip included a visit to Phoenix Publishing’s global headquarters in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

County councillor responsible for economic growth, Kevin Bentley, who led the mission, said: “This is the beginning of a long and prosperous partnership between Phoenix and Essex.

“The county can look forward to an increase in job opportunities and we can add another major international company to the businesses which have chosen to come to Essex.”

Speaking at the office’s opening on Wednesday, Chen Haiyan, the company’s chairman and chief executive, added: “Phoenix Print Digital Printing is the company’s first step in the UK.

“We are looking to start our publishing business in a year and we want PPM International to be a platform for cultural exchanges. We hope we can initiate a writers’ exchange project with Essex in the near future.”

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8:02am Tue 7 Aug 12

Barry Bas says...

They've spelt Laindon wrong in the sign above their heads.
They've spelt Laindon wrong in the sign above their heads. Barry Bas
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10:29am Tue 7 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

howsabout getting some Chinese investment to sort out the Laindon Shopping Centre debacle?
howsabout getting some Chinese investment to sort out the Laindon Shopping Centre debacle? The Cater Wood Creeper
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11:03am Tue 7 Aug 12

leighman says...

The Cater Wood Creeper wrote:
howsabout getting some Chinese investment to sort out the Laindon Shopping Centre debacle?
Is there not a 'takeaway' there already then?
[quote][p][bold]The Cater Wood Creeper[/bold] wrote: howsabout getting some Chinese investment to sort out the Laindon Shopping Centre debacle?[/p][/quote]Is there not a 'takeaway' there already then? leighman
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1:09pm Tue 7 Aug 12

R85 says...

Do they realise that in the UK they have to pay their staff more than 1p an hour and have to treat them like human beings? China and Nigeria compete to produce Nike TN trainers which are £120 and the companies in those countries receive just £1 per pair!
Do they realise that in the UK they have to pay their staff more than 1p an hour and have to treat them like human beings? China and Nigeria compete to produce Nike TN trainers which are £120 and the companies in those countries receive just £1 per pair! R85
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12:09am Wed 8 Aug 12

Trainman says...

Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said: “This investment from China’s leading publishing company is fantastic for Basildon and the whole county.

It says LAINDON in the title, so WHY change it to Basildon Mr. Ball?

Laindon will ALWAYS be Laindon to me, and NOT Basildon.
Basildon Council leader Tony Ball said: “This investment from China’s leading publishing company is fantastic for Basildon and the whole county. It says LAINDON in the title, so WHY change it to Basildon Mr. Ball? Laindon will ALWAYS be Laindon to me, and NOT Basildon. Trainman
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