Events are the lifeblood of the Chamber and the principle form of interaction for many members. 2016 was over-shadowed by the extremely sad passing of His Majesty the King in October and BCCT showed respect for His Majesty’s memory by postponing events at that time.
In 2015 BCCT held 126 meetings or events (a large increase on previous years) and in 2016 this number was 97. In 2016 BCCT sought to improve the quality of our events and this is shown by the consistently high feedback received from members via survey monkey. BCCT member BMRS has now developed this into a staff development KPI.
The BCCT Events team is under the guidance of the Events Group led by BCCT Vice Chairman Chris Thatcher. It meets on a bi-monthly basis and considers all matters relating to BCCT Events with a particular focus on members needs and balancing this with financial viability.
BCCT held events in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin in addition to the well-established ESB Networking events in and around Pattaya. The new British Ambassador, Brian Davidson, spoke at Business Dinners in Phuket and Chiang Mai.
Some events are shared with other chambers to widen the appeal. In 2017, we are exploring widening this even further to other up-country areas and possibly some of the industrial estates.
BCCT has its own dedicated meeting facility (the British Business Centre or BBC), which enables us to hold events for up to 70 people.
In 2017, BCCT will establish a Young Professionals Group to engage more proactively with younger business people. There is already an organising group working to develop events but, most of all, this group needs younger BCCT members to make it work. If you are interested, please let us know.
|Mr. Simon Matthews||Chairman||ManpowerGroup Thailand|
|Mr. Greg Watkins||British Chamber of Commerce Thailand|
|Mr Stephen Frost||Bangkok International Associates Ltd.|