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Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA)


Britain in South East Asia or BiSEA is a grouping of British Chambers and Business Groups in the S E Asian region including Brunei, Cambodia/Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

BiSEA's aim is to facilitate the interests of the members of the British Chambers and Business Groups in the region. This regional Chamber network allows all registered members of any of the Chambers and Business Groups in BiSEA to access membership benefits especially with regard to events that are held in the different regions.

The geographic spread of the BiSEA provides a strong business network in the region giving members who are already established or intend to establish themselves in the S E Asian region a validated third party contact which provides representation, services, information and guidance.

Click on the logo of the Chamber that you would like to make contact with.

British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce British Chamber of Commerce Philippines British Chamber of Commerce Singapore British Chamber of Commerce Thailand British Business Group Vietnam Britain Brunei Business Forum British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar

Link to BiSEA Member Details



London, Newmarket, Manchester, Sheffield, York & Leeds

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 (15-24 October)
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 15th – London: Energy Industries Council (EIC), 89 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP. Bookings: Terri Sylvester Focused on Energy (power, oil & gas, renewables, etc)

Tue 16th – London: 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 17th – London: UK ASEAN Business Council (UKABC), 12th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP. Bookings: Veronica Lake

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

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

Mon 22nd – London: 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 23rd – Manchester: DIT North West, Warren Bruce Court, Warren Bruce Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1LB. Bookings: Miho Hatakeyama

Wed 24th – Sheffield: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce ‘Showcase Sheffield’ - Bookings: Melanie Rippon

Thu 25th – York: 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 26th – Leeds: DIT Yorkshire & Humber – Thorp Park Hotel, 1150 Century Way, Leeds LS15 8ZB. Bookings:

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

Previous Events:

Date Location Point of Contact
Monday 30 April Manchester Lynn Shaw -
Tuesday 1 May Durham Karen Berry -
Wednesday 2 May Sheffield Nick Patrick -
Thursday 3 May Birmingham Andy Smith -
Friday 4 May Gloucester Lucy Setter -
Monday 7 May Bank Holiday -
Tuesday 8 May London Guy Dru Drury -
Wednesday 9 May Southampton Sian Breimann -
Thursday 10 May Slough Anne White -
Friday 11 May Ashford Tudor Price -
Download BiSEA Presentations for 2018
Indonesia - 3,041,739 bytes
Malaysia - 1,469,794 bytes
Philippines - 263,469 bytes
Singapore - 1,925,906 bytes
Thailand - 110,506 bytes
Vietnam - 2,934,293 bytes
ALL Presentation - 9,745,597 bytes