Accredited, Active and Achieving Success for UK Businesses

A report from the Business Services team.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) is the first overseas chamber to receive full accreditation. We are a growing team with our first Business Services Advisor UK Tina now in place, and our next starting at the beginning of July. We are also being supported for a couple of months by Benny, an intern who joined just this week. As a team, we have now delivered 12 Business Services projects, including two inward missions, one company launch and one trade show.

 

In April, we hosted the UK Pavilion at Cards Payments Asia, supporting five UK companies to do business in Singapore. You can find out more here.

 

We are now working with the IP Specialist at the British High Commission to make IP Week a great opportunity for UK companies based in Singapore or the UK to participate in activities, preparing their businesses for the IP issues they are likely to face when doing business in South East Asia. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Jennifer@britcham.org.sg

 

Tina was at the EuroCham Europe Day Luncheon with Singapore’s Trade & Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang in attendance, the event aimed to address the concerns of SMEs about rising business costs in Singapore. “Singapore will continue to move towards higher value-added activities and, at the same time, develop greater innovative capabilities,” said Mr Lim. This could be a great opportunity for UK companies to share the expertise they developed as a result of the recession and the drive to create a knowledge-based, innovative economy.

 

The Business Services team were also pleased to be a part of two of the Chambers’ flagship events: ‘60th BCC Anniversary,’ with special guest Minister Baroness Warsi, and our AGM. At both events, the UK Government committed again to the importance of export, trade and OBNI, setting a challenging but exciting platform of work over the next few months and years. There will be plenty of opportunities for member engagement. We are pleased to have already worked with several members to deliver services to UK companies, but are very keen to work with others. To discuss these opportunities further, please contact Jennifer@britcham.org.sg

 

The Chamber is currently working to establish Memorandums of Understanding with each UK Chamber of Commerce, and is now working with the UK Regional Coordinators to begin programmes of work with Chambers that we previously had little to do with. Jennifer will spend one week in June and one week in July to work with the chamber network and build a pipeline of work for business services and closer connections with UK Chambers.

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