Head of the Bristol office Tim Davies believes the city has all the attributes required to become a major player in the increasingly close trade partnerships being established with China.

The Broad Quay-based office has set up a new team to advise clients looking at business opportunities in Bristol’s twin city of Guangzhou and has joined Bristol China Partnership as it explores reciprocal business opportunities between the two cities within the commercial property sector.

Tim Davies said: “Establishing closer business connections in China or inviting Chinese investors to look at commercial property over here may require business people to operate well outside their comfort zones.

“Apart from the clear cultural differences we believe the sheer scale of the market and the amount of money we are talking about could actually put some people off .

“That’s why we are determined to adapt and extend our role providing the expertise and reassurance businesses require to operate with the same confidence in Guangzhou as they do in Gloucestershire.”

Tim said the firm’s global presence had already given Colliers International essential insights into overseas trade opportunities. He believes working more closely with agencies such as the Bristol China Partnership will further stimulate the rapidly developing market.

“Given the money being spent in central London such as Ping An’s investment in the iconic Lloyds of London building the UK is clearly being seen as a safe haven for financial investment."