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South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors (some are listed below).

BiSEA is working in close partnership with UKABC and UK chambers of commerce, trade associations and DIT teams on a programme of 1-2-1 sessions from 15th to 26th October. In most cases the sessions will last from 9 am to 5 pm and 1-2-1 meetings will be either 20 or 30 minutes duration depending on demand.

BiSEA’s team of in-country specialists are all Executive Directors (ie CEOs) of British Chambers of Commerce and Business Groups. They bring more than 100 years of knowledge and expertise. Profiles may be found on the websites of each BiSEA member.


Nipoan Chheng

Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce Cambodia
(15-19 October)

Chris Wren

Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia

Jennifer Lopez

Executive Director

British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

Chloe Taylor

Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar

Chris Nelson

Executive Chairman

British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

Olivia Widen

Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce Singapore
(16-26 October)

Greg Watkins

Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce Thailand

Peter Rimmer

Executive Director

British Business Group Vietnam


We are seeking to engage with experienced exporters or representatives of ‘export-ready’ companies that will devote some time and commitment to securing opportunities in our markets and a invest a small sum in bespoke business support services. Links to PowerPoint presentations providing the economic and trade background of each market, including more detailed lists of opportunities for UK companies, can be accesses at –

Please book an appointment to meet our market specialists from 15-26 October 2018 at:-

Mon 15thLondon: Energy Industries Council (EIC), 89 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP. Bookings: Terri Sylvester <> Focused on Energy (power, oil & gas, renewables, etc)

Tue 16thLondon: British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), 20 Beaufort Court, Admirals Way, London E14 9XL. Bookings: Yasmin Barnett <> Focused on manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and EdTech to the education market.

Wed 17thLondon: UK ASEAN Business Council (UKABC), 12th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP. Bookings: Veronica Lake <>

Thu 18thLondon: British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) ‘International Trade Summit’ -

Fri 19thNewmarket: Department for International Trade (DIT) ‘Global Food Forum’ -

Mon 22ndLondon: Engineering Industries Association (EIA)/Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), 62 Bayswater Rd, London W2 3PS. Bookings: see below. Focused on engineering manufacturing and manufacturing technologies.

Tue 23rdManchester: DIT North West, Warren Bruce Court, Warren Bruce Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1LB. Bookings: Miho Hatakeyama <>

Wed 24thSheffield: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce ‘Showcase Sheffield’ - Bookings: Melanie Rippon <>    

Thu 25thYork: Training Gateway, Island of Interaction, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5GE. Bookings: Veronica Lake <> Focused on training and vocational education.

Fri 26thLeeds: DIT Yorkshire & Humber – to be confirmed

Booking contacts for EIA/MTA day on Monday 22nd October:-

Indonesia –

Malaysia –

Myanmar –

Philippines –

Singapore –

Thailand –

Vietnam -

Steady growth combined with investor-friendly government policies have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging. Entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity. South East Asia’s economic dynamism is substantially enhancing the buying power of a growing middle class that is driving new consumer demands for many products.

By 2030, South East Asia’s economy is predicted to eclipse Japan’s and be world’s 4th largest ‘single market’ after the EU, US and China. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicts that the size of the middle class in emerging Asia will increase from 24% of the population in 2010 to 65% in 2030. All of this leads to a ‘Community of Opportunities’.

South East Asia is comprised of markets with diverse socio-cultural differences as well as different legal and regulatory environments but all offer opportunities for UK exporters and investors in practically every sector such as:

  • Education and skills - English language training, vocational training, STEM and equipment
  • Financial & professional services
  • Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Healthcare and Healthcare Equipment
  • Defence & Security
  • Energy/Environment - Renewable energy, especially waste to energy
  • Digital economy – FinTech, 4G, data centres, security equipment
  • Creative and media Industries broadcast and related technology and content for Digital channels
  • Agri-technologies
  • Food & drink products and food processing
  • Consumer and retail products especially British brands
  • Advanced engineering, including automotive and aerospace
  • Renewable energy, waste to energy
  • Services, including financial, business and professional
  • Hospitality/Tourism