Fast-Track your Growth in South East Asia

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Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel

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The SME International Growth Project and BiSEA invite you to meet trade advisers from seven dynamic South East Asian markets right here in Birmingham. This is the fastest-growing region in the world with economic growth and development expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. BiSEA is the grouping of British Chambers and Business Groups in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. All are accredited export support delivery partners for the Department for International Trade. SME IGP is an ERDF project which helps West Midlands SMEs to grow their international business.

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. Steady growth combined with investor-friendly government policies have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging. 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.

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. This is driving new consumer demands for many products across a wide range of sectors.

All offer opportunities for UK exporters and investors in practically every sector, including:

• Education and skills – English language training, vocational training, STEM and equipment

• Financial & professional services

• Manufacturing

• Infrastructure

• Oil and Gas

• Healthcare and Healthcare equipment

• 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

Why not take the next step to joining them. Book your 1:1 consultations and tap the knowledge of these market specialists and other international trade experts: (4 meeting requests per company only)

  • Indonesia – Chris Wren Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia

  • Malaysia – Sridaran Sabapathy, Head of Trade, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

  • Philippines – Chris Nelson - Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

  • Singapore - Olivia Widen – Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Singapore

  • Thailand - Greg Watkins - Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand

  • Vietnam - Peter Rimmer - Executive Director, British Business Group Vietnam

  • Myanmar - Chloe Taylor - Chief Exec, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (via Skype)

Department for International Trade / UKEF – Specialist Trade & Export Finance Advisers including:

  • Gerti Willis, Communication and Culture Adviser

  • Teresa Gualtieri, Digital Trade Adviser

  • John Otter, Routes to Market / IP Adviser

  • Jane Cooper, UK Export Finance


Eligibility - This event is funded by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce’s ERDF SME International Growth Project and we therefore require attendees to sign up to the programme by completing and submitting this simple online form unless your firm has done so already. In order to attend you must be an SME registered within the West Midlands. On receipt of this we will confirm your place and process your 1:1 requests on a first come first allocated basis.

To find out more about the ERDF SME International Growth Project please go to our website.

If you would like to find out more about each market before you book your 1-1s download BiSEA's info sheets below.

Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam

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