James Wong owns two of Birmingham’s most famous restaurants. Chung Ying opened in 1981 as the first Chinese restaurant in the city’s Chinatown and Chung Ying Garden followed in 1987.
The multi-award winning restaurants serve over 350 authentic Cantonese dishes and a large selection of dim sum. “Chung Ying was the catalyst for Birmingham’s Chinatown, and over the past 30 years the district, now known as Southside, has become a vibrant entertainment quarter within one of the world’s greatest cities. “The wealth of choice that is available in Southside is fantastic. There is always room for a business that can offer something different, and the Southside BID team are a great support.”
“Southside is a vibrant entertainment quarter within one of the world’s greatest cities”
Ann Leung is a Director at United Travel in Southside, and played a key role in securing direct flights from Birmingham to Beijing.
“China is one of the fastest growing sources of visitors to the UK, with visitor numbers tripling over the past decade, and it is forecast to continue to grow strongly.
“In 2012 the Chinese visitor market was worth £15 million to the West Midlands economy, with Birmingham now the 4th most popular destination for Chinese visitors in England.”
“Birmingham is the fourth most popular destination for Chinese visitors in England, and the only city outside of London to have direct flights to China”
Wei Du is a General Manager of Ming Moon Restaurant, part of the Wing Wah Group, based in Southside.
To maintain high standards and serve authentic Pan Asian cuisine, it is vital for the restaurant group to source skilled staff at all levels. “Southside is a great location for finding and retaining skilled employees. The district is home to a large concentration of Chinese residents and students, many of whom have experience of working within the hospitality industry. “Southside also benefits from a number of business support companies such as accountants, lawyers and the Bank of China, which makes the district a great place to do business.”
“Southside is a great location for finding and retaining skilled employees”