From Eastern Bridge
Eastern Bridge is a business which focuses on building economic and business relationships between New Zealand and East Asia.
The company concept was developed by founder, Simon Appleton while working at Opotiki District Council. During his time there, Simon recognised a disconnect between many Kiwi organisations' ambitions to meaningfully engage with Asia and their inability to do so. Having its origins in local government, Eastern Bridge has a range of Council-specific services and a passion for local economic development.
Simon Appleton is a Chinese and Korean speaker, and has a background in Chinese law, having graduated with a master's degree from Renmin University in Beijing. Simon also worked in China and South Korea for approximately a decade before returning to New Zealand to work in local government and regional economic development.
Eastern Bridge is made up of a diverse team, including language specialists in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese, and also boasts a qualified advisory group with backgrounds in export education, trade, project management and business attraction. Eastern Bridge is also well-connected with a wide range of specialists, organisations and offices which relate to Asia.
For an introduction on the advantages that a partnership with Eastern Bridge can provide councils, click here.
For information on Eastern Bridge's upcoming client profile promotions across Asia, and how to get your council involved, click here.
Eastern Bridge can also provide hands-on support to businesses across a range of industry sectors, including education and export education, trade and tourism. The Eastern Bridge team is very approachable and works with clients to tailor solutions to their needs and budgets, and provide an inexpensive alternative to developing internal capabilities.
With networks established throughout NZ and Asia, and a commitment to further growing international relationships and connections, Eastern Bridge draws on a wide range of knowledge and experiences from both its internal team, as well as its extended networks, including academics, business people, Asia-focused associations and organisations, as well as government and foreign affairs representatives.
Phone: 09 2162632
Mobile: 022 3969590
1G 166-172 Queen Street, Auckland Central.
Date updated: 27 July 2016