Mark and Leilei arrived in Shanghai in the year 2000 without any clear plans of what to do but were confident in their combined ability to make a success of whatever they decided to turn their hand to.
A confession straight away, while they proved a good team it was Leilei who was the driving force of the business from the outset and continues to be today. Mark’s role was always the interface with the customer, while Leilei was the main driver of the operation in China.
Nowadays, you are just as likely to talk with Tristan and Vanita, their children, who having grown up in the business and being bi-lingual have involved themselves in many of the day to day activities.
The first success of the business was an order to supply hospital clothing, scrub suits, patient gowns, and nightwear indirectly to the NHS via laundries. This became over many years a large part of our business and involved supplying many millions of these garments for use by the NHS. So successful was this, that eventually we set up our own manufactory to provide these items.Over the years many other opportunities arose, too many to recount them all. We sourced, for example, simple items like yoyos for promotional purposed, and conversely highly complex items such as specialised bipolar forceps used in delicate brain surgery.
We have supplied small and large customers in most parts of the World. School uniforms to New Zealand, textiles to the West Indies, aluminium cases to the UK, machinery parts to the USA, bedding to Australia etc.
Our business has developed significantly over the years. I would lie if I did not say we have had both successes and failures, but the experiences gained from 20 years of involvement with trading and sourcing in China puts us in a very strong position to help both existing and our new customers with the challenges they face with doing business in China.