Business Services Update (April-June 2015)

Business Services Team L–R: Jared Sim, Carole McCarthy, U.K.Tina

New Business Services Manager


The new financial year is bringing some changes in Business Services at BritCham. Jennifer Hainsworth, who was a key player in setting up Business Services under the UKTI Overseas Business Network Initiative (OBNi) in Jun 2013, has left the Chamber to follow her husband on a new expat relocation.


Carole McCarthy is the new Business Services Manager, and she will continue to lead the business services team to offer advice and assistance to UK SMEs doing or seeking to do business in Singapore. Carole joined BritCham at the end of March and has hit the ground running. She has met a lot of delivery partners and has been offering advice and delivering market research for UK SMEs.


“I am excited to be part of Business Services at BritCham. I look forward to continue working with the UKTI, the British Chambers and partners, and of course with Tina, Jared and my BritCham colleagues, to offer business opportunities support to the UK SMEs considering Singapore as an export market,” says Carole.


Business Services Update


Our Business Services Advisor, Jared Sim, attended the MTA2015 Precision Engineering industry event held from 14–17 Apr 2015. The exhibition brought together 12,000 trade attendees, comprising exhibitors, visitors, conference speakers and delegates, and press members. Opening the event was Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry, and Ministry of National Development.


The event was an international showcase of high-value manufacturing solutions, with 350 exhibitors from 27 countries / regions in attendance. The exhibition also featured a UK group pavilion, which saw nine UK companies exhibiting with the support of the Engineering Industries Association (EIA). Some of these companies have already established a presence in Singapore, or worked with appointed agents and distributors to bring their products to Singapore and the region.


A conference titled ‘Future Factories & Manufacturing Asia’, which focused on digital manufacturing, Industrie 4.0 and industrial automation, was held alongside MTA2015. Speaking at the conference was Dr Bicky Bhangu, Senior Country Manager of Rolls-Royce Singapore and a British Chamber of Commerce Board Member.


Business Opportunities (BizOpps)


The Business Services Team has been actively developing networks throughout the UK. These networks create opportunities for both Singapore-based firms as well as UK companies looking to enter the Singapore market.


Business opportunities are posted on the UKTI BizOpps platform and promoted through the British Chambers network.


We have recently received requests from Singapore companies for assistance in sourcing travel accessories, leather goods, as well as frozen meats and seafood from the UK. These postings alone have generated approximately 30 responses from UK exporters. Our team shared the exporter’s profile with the buyers and, once a positive response was received, an e-introduction was made for both parties.


To date, the team has matched 120 UK Companies to various opportunities available in Singapore.


For more information, please contact:

Business Services Manager:
Carole McCarthy 
DID: +65 6718 0540
Business Services Advisor:
Jared Sim
DID: +65 6718 0539
Business Services Advisor:
U.K. Tina
DID: +65 6718 0538