Last night was the Huawei Winter Concert, in support of the Prince’s Trust, where attendees were presented with an evening of music and song with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Rebecca Ferguson, conducted by Robert Ziegler. The evening also featured performances from Collabro.
Rebecca performed songs such as ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Embraceable You’ from her third album, Lady Sings The Blues, as well as classics such as ‘Make You Feel My Love’.
After the interval, she was joined on stage by Collabro for some festive favourites.
His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming was at the event and said:
“It is a pleasure to join you again for the winter concert of Huawei Technologies UK. This is the seventh consecutive winter charity concert that Huawei has hosted in London.
Ten years ago, Huawei UK became a member of the Prince's Trust. Ten years on, Huawei UK is highly acclaimed for its devotion to charity and strong sense of corporate social responsibility.
But much more than that. Huawei UK is also a proud leader in the construction, research and development of high-speed broadband network in Britain.
In Huawei UK, we see a fine example of Chinese company doing business in this country.
Last year, President Xi Jinping visited Huawei UK during his "Super State Visit" to Britain”
When the subject turned to Brexit the Ambassador said: “On 28 June this year, five days after Brexit Referendum, Huawei UK announced that it will go ahead with its planned 1.3 billion-pound investment. That was a clear vote of confidence for doing business in the UK.
Huawei's success in Britain is a microcosm of the overall China-UK business cooperation. It also heralds a future of even stronger business ties between our two countries.
I hope Huawei UK will continue to work for sustainable development. I hope your business will grow stronger and I hope you will continue to give back to the local community.
I am sure your continued success in this country will help build stronger business relationship between China and the UK.
I want to encourage more Chinese and British companies to sign up for China-UK business cooperation and contribute your part to the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations!”
The Prince's Trust is a UK based charity who run a range of training programmes, provide mentoring support and offer financial grants to build the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people. Earlier this year Huawei became a patron of the Trust in celebration of their 15 years in the UK.
Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust said: “Huawei has been a supporter of The Prince’s Trust since 2006 and I am delighted that it has now reached Patron status in its support of the charity this year. In particular, Huawei’s support for the ‘Get Started’ programme will help us provide even more young people with the digital, teamwork and communication skills they need as they get their lives back on track.”
Gordon Luo, CEO of Huawei UK, said: “This year marks the 15th anniversary since we started operations in the UK and as a long-term investor, we are committed to contributing to the local communities that we operate in. We are excited to be working with The Prince’s Trust to provide young people with the opportunity to develop new digital skills – this is a challenge we all face. Helping young people is important to us and as technology becomes more ingrained in everyday life, this opportunity to help develop the skills of the next generation is important.”