Island firm joins PM's China delegation

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 2, 2013


AS the prime minister’s latest trade delegation to China gets underway today (Monday) he will be joined by Isle of Wight company AJ Wells & Sons.

Hugh Wells will represent the Island woodburning stove company during the three-day trip.

He is one of 150 business leaders invited on the trip with David Cameron and senior business ministers, promoting British industry.

At the prime minister’s annual address to the Lord Mayor's banquet, Mr Cameron said regarding the trip, it would: "Open the way for British companies to benefit from China's vast and varied markets and preparing the way for a new level of Chinese investment into the UK.

"This is a relationship that is for the long term, that matters for Britain and China, and which I look forward to continuing to strengthen in the months and years to come."

Mr Wells said: "We are passionate about designing and manufacturing British products that use the very best of British technology.

"We are successful in many markets around the world because customers appreciate the quality and functionality of our products.

"China is a massively important trading country for the UK but we do not have any business here yet. This trip gives us an opportunity get our products in front of Chinese customers who are increasingly choosing to use British and European goods in their homes."


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by Dave Dawson

2nd December 2013, at 19:53:56

Oh Dear, the PM demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge by inviting A J Wells to China along with his father-in-law!!!

Why exactly does he think A J Wells can help drive UK exports?

I have no doubt that A J Wells is a successful company, this trip will only encourage the Chinese to copy their products.

A complete waste of tax payers money and a jolly for all the usual suspects - Cameron' Cronies

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by Mike Starke

2nd December 2013, at 13:34:58

Thanks for the accuracy check, Matt. The fact remains, though, that a superb Island company could benefit from the 21st century world colonial power, China. (Yeah; feels funny, doesn't it?... Us being the "coolies" and them being the bosses). I just hope that the pitch made by A J Wells & Sons is not diminished by the fact that the British delegation is headed by a mediocre PR wonk, who had the money and family connections to dabble in politics. I am sure this is not lost on a communist regime. Communist? Not a word that has appeared in any media coverage of the China visit today.

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by Matt Jeffery

2nd December 2013, at 13:13:28

Just for the record ‘A.J Wells’ was the late Alfred J Wells who founded the company back in ’72 with his sons John and Alistair. See here

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by Jonathan Young

2nd December 2013, at 12:28:14

@David Blackford: Mr Alan Wells, the "A" of AJ Wells, is, of course, the chairman of the IW Conservative Association, a former IW councillor, and a leading figure in the current intrigue surrounding the future of MP Andrew Turner. I also understand that his company makes excellent stoves.

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by Mike Starke

2nd December 2013, at 12:24:16

Before David Blackford gets too dewy-eyed about Mr Cameron and "cronies", let's not forget that the "A J Wells" of A J Wells & Sons is the chair of the Island Conservative Association. That said, the company that bears his name, and is being represented by Hugh Wells in China, we hear, produces not only excellent stoves, but also world-beating enamelled metal ware. All the London Underground station signs are a case in point. Closer to home, "gateway" signs at Chale and Chale Green are also the superb work of A J Wells & Sons craftspeople. A pity this aspect of Island industry's excellence was not highlighted in the CP website posting. Perhaps someone will take the ten-minute walk from the newspaper's office to see the tremendous work being done at A J Wells & Sons' Newport site.

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by David Blackford

2nd December 2013, at 08:55:40

In todays' D Telegraph Cameron is being slated for including "cronies" in his delegation,. - Good to hear that real Businessmen like Mr Wells will be there

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