Introduction from Greg Watkins, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand
Founded in 1946, the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) is the voice of British business in Thailand. It is the oldest foreign chamber in Thailand and the largest and oldest British Chamber in Asia. BCCT has 600 corporate members with more than 2,500 named representatives and organises more than 120 events each year.
BCCT’s mission statement is:- “To serve the needs and promote the development of British business in Thailand and as ‘Partners in Progress’ contribute directly to Thailand’s economic advancement”.
BCCT is among the leading partners in the Department for International Trade (DIT)’s Overseas Business Network initiative (OBNi). BCCT provides bespoke business-to-business advice and support to British SMEs seeking to do business in Thailand. This includes: Business Matching such as identification of potential clients, agents, distributors, franchise holders, joint venture partners, sponsors, etc with tailored meeting programmes; Advisory Services such as legislation and regulatory advice; route to market; and business mentoring; Event Organisation such as product/services launches, press conferences, business meetings, trade shows, industry missions, store promotions, networking events, receptions, etc; Knowledge Exchange including webinars, sector white papers, survey reports, case studies; and Market Studies such as sector research, competitor analysis. Since the OBNi began BiSEA has undertaken specific support projects for more than 70 companies.
There are opportunities for British companies in virtually all sectors of the Thai economy including but not restricted to: transport & infrastructure; agri-business, food & drink; retail & consumer goods; power & renewable energy; education & skills training; engineering & machinery; pharmaceuticals & healthcare; and ICT.
In advocating greater market access for its members, BCCT has a seat on the Executive of the Board of Trade of Thailand and Thai Chamber of Commerce and is active on all the working groups of the European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC) in Thailand. BCCT co-founded and actively participates in Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA), a regional group comprising all the British chambers and business associations in ASEAN countries.
Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand
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