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UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) launch the new business hub for UK SMEs.
The British Business Centre was officially opened by Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand and Greg Watkins, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand on Tuesday 11 February.
The British Business Centre will be an unrivalled resource for UK SMEs seeking to do business in Thailand. The opening of the British Business Centre marks a step-change in the support available to UK SMEs exploring the Thai market. In addition to providing a base for visiting UK companies to host meetings and deliver presentations, the Centre will also offer UK companies access to support and advice from BCCT staff and 500+ Chamber members.
Speaking via video, Lord Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, congratulated the BCCT on the opening:
Britain already has a close relationship with Thailand. This centre will help deepen that relationship. We’re aiming together to double bilateral trade. This is a good opportunity for British companies to expand their operations in Thailand, and indeed to use Bangkok as a base for South East Asia more generally. Thanks to the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand for the hard work and vision in creating it.
Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand, said
Congratulations to the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand on the opening of the British Business Centre. Last month in Davos the Prime Minister set out his vision on how we can encourage more British SMEs to do business overseas. In his speech he restated his commitment to working in partnership with Chambers of Commerce so that these SMEs got the full range of support they needed to succeed in markets such as Thailand. The BCCT has embraced this initiative from the very outset, and I am delighted that we are able to celebrate the opening of the British Business Centre this evening.
Greg Watkins, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, said
I am delighted that the BCCT is at the forefront of this important initiative to further enhance the support available to UK SMEs seeking to explore this high growth market. The British Business Centre will give UK companies a cost-effective in-country physical resource and will facilitate faster access to the information and expertise necessary to achieve business success in Thailand. The BCCT team looks forward to working with growing numbers of UK companies seeking opportunities in Thailand and expanding the UK’s share of Thailand’s growing import market.
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