BiSEA is the grouping of British chambers and Business Groups in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.



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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 (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 – www.bisea.org.

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 terri.sylvester@the-eic.com 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 Yasmin@besa.org.uk 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 veronica.lake@ukabc.org.uk

Thu 18th – London: British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) ‘International Trade Summit’ – www.britishchambers.org.uk/events/international-trade-summit.

Fri 19th – Newmarket: Department for International Trade (DIT) ‘Global Food Forum’ – www.events.trade.gov.uk/global-food-forum-2018.

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 events@tradenw.org

Wed 24th – Sheffield: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce ‘Showcase Sheffield’ – www.scci.org.uk/event/showcase-sheffield-b2b-exhibition. Bookings: Melanie Rippon MRippon@syitc.com

Thu 25th – York: Training Gateway, Island of Interaction, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5GE. Bookings: Veronica Lake veronica.lake@ukabc.org.uk Focused on training and vocational education.

Fri 26th – Leeds: DIT Yorkshire & Humber – Thorp Park Hotel, 1150 Century Way, Leeds LS15 8ZB. Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-experts-south-east-asia-tickets-51205549176.

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

Indonesia – chenny@britcham.or.id
Malaysia – sridaran@bmcc.org.my
Myanmar – ayenyein@britishchambermyanmar.com
Philippines – rquilala@britcham.org.ph
Singapore – anna@britcham.org.sg
Thailand – nattima@bccthai.com
Vietnam – truc.doan@bbgv.org

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
  • UK Asean Business Council

UK Asean Business Council

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) is the leading UK-based organisation promoting trade and investment between the UK and ASEAN’s dynamic markets.

The Philippines’ Booming Startup Community

This fantastic video from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippines highlights the massive increases in internet and mobile coverage and just a handful of the many successful startups springing up across the country.



BISEA 2016 November Roadshow

BISEA 2016 November Roadshow
BISEA 2016 November Roadshow
BISEA 2016 November Roadshow
BISEA 2016 November Roadshow

Key Facts and Figures

  • Home to nearly 10% of the world’s population
  • Will rank as 5th largest economy by 2018
  • An average growth of 5.6% for the next 5 years
  • World’s 3rd largest exporter by 2018
  • ASEAN consumerism is set to grow exponentially
  • Productivity is creating a giant middle class
  • Middle class households will more than double by 2018 to 80m
  • Significant opportunities for retailers, luxury market,
    manufacturers, auto industry, IT industry, healthcare, financial services and more


Established in October 2008 in Bangkok, BiSEA is the informal grouping of the British chambers and business groups in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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