A message from H.E. Scott Wightman

H.E. Scott Wightman arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner.
He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. His ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010.

Having just arrived in Singapore, I have been immediately struck by the strength and dynamism of the British business community here.  The number and range of world-class UK firms – from global giants to fast-growing start-ups – is testament to the vitality, creativity and energy of the British economy and the ease of doing business in Singapore, these businesses know that Singapore is an ideal location from which to enter markets in South East Asia and beyond.


The British Chamber of Commerce gives them instant access to a ready-made and diverse network of professional expertise and services that can help them grow their business in Singapore and the region.


For the British High Commission, BritCham is an essential partner.  It informs everything we do to support UK investors in Singapore, increase British exports and secure inward investment to the UK.


Our partnership has developed into new areas in recent years. In 2013, UK Trade & Investment and BritCham agreed on an even broader range of business-to-business services as part of a global initiative to develop strong B2B networks in our most important export markets. This enabled UKTI teams in the High Commission to focus on high value opportunities, government-to-government engagement and longer term campaigns.


Business groups in the UK, Ministers and senior officials all recognise BritCham to be one of the best performing and most effective British business groupings in the world.  The Government is determined to boost UK exports and help more British companies to take the leap from the domestic market to exporting. BritCham is at the heart of our efforts in Southeast Asia.


The partnership between BritCham and the British High Commission is natural and mutually beneficial.  From joint sponsorship of events, to hosting trade missions, to BritCham members using Eden Hall as a unique platform to meet and entertain local business partners.  All with the aim of growing British business in Singapore.



Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner


British High Commission           UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)