Meet the Experts: South East Asia


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, 1150 Century Way, Leeds , West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB, Yorkshire

Get Your Tickets
About The Event

Are you interested in exporting to South East Asia?

The Department for International Trade, in partnership with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC), is pleased to offer to Yorkshire and the Humber businesses the opportunity to meet one-to-one with experts on the South East Asian markets of Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the markets and opportunities are attractive to a wide range of sectors. These include food and drink, oil and gas, manufacturing, creative and media, consumer and retail, and more.

Steady growth combined with investor-friendly government policies have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging. South East Asia’s economic dynamism is substantially enhancing the buying power of a growing middle class that is driving new consumer demands for many products.

According to BiSEA, by 2030, South East Asia’s economy is predicted to eclipse Japan’s and grow to be the world’s 4th largest ‘single market’ after the EU, US and China. 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. All of this leads to a ‘Community of Opportunities’.

BiSEA’s team of in-country specialists are all Executive Directors of British Chambers of Commerce and Business Groups. Collectively they bring more than 100 years of knowledge and expertise.

Why You Should Join this Event:

  • Gain insights into the South East Asian region including the opportunities available for your business
  • Pre-book 20-minute one-to-one meetings with each of the market representatives
  • Discuss how you can enter each market and grow your exports to the region
  • Find out about DIT support and how to access the Exporting for Growth grant programme

Event Programme

The day will be divided into two identical sessions, from which you will choose one.

Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00

09:00: Welcome and introductions

09:05: South East Asian markets overview

09:25: Exporting for Growth funding programme

09:45: Pre-booked one-to-one sessions

12:00: Session closes

Afternoon Session: 13:00 – 16:00

13:00: Welcome and introductions

13:05: South East Asian markets overview

13:25: Exporting for Growth funding programme

13:45: Pre-booked one-to-one sessions

16:00: Session closes

Book now to gain insight from market specialists, hear funding information and book one-to-one sessions with each of the market experts.

Meet the Experts

INDONESIA: Chris Wren, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia

MYANMAR: Chloe Taylor, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar

PHILIPPINES: Chris Nelson, Chairman, 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


On registering for this event, we will be collecting personal information as part of our registration process. The Department for International Trade (DIT) takes your privacy very seriously. Please read our privacy policy here to see how we protect and manage your personal data.