It gives me great pleasure to be serving for another year as Chairman of the Chamber. One of the most obvious changes is our name and branding, which has gone through a complete change this year, simplifying understanding for stakeholders, and updating our logo to prepare for the new normal of being out of the European Union. This year has also seen the world face a new reality, one of COVID that has affected all of us through business, travel, and family as well as every country in the world. I believe we have been very lucky to be based in Vietnam where fast and firm action has led to the pandemic being controlled by the Government, we are lucky as many sectors are open, although international travel is still restricted and the global market not recovered, but we feel that Vietnam is ready to take full advantage of the recovering global market.
2020 has been a challenge in terms of events and fundraising although we are now again full steam ahead–our fundraising is continuing and the support of all members and sponsors is much appreciated.
2020 has seen the departure of our Executive Director – Peter Rimmer, who has relocated to be with family in Hanoi and the arrival of Brian Bulloch our new ED and the promotion of An to Deputy Director of the Chamber. 2020 has also heralded the arrival of Emily Hamblin Consul General, Ho Chi Minh, and Director of Department of International Trade.
2020 has been a challenging year for the globe, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Board Colleagues, the BritCham Team in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and all our supporters and sponsors who without your continuous support would have made a challenging year impossible!
You will notice that this edition is for 2 years, 2021 will see our further transfer over to an e-platform and our ambition to be at the forefront of Chambers here in Vietnam.
The Secretariat of British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam, started as a luncheon club in 1991, was first licensed in 1998 as the British Business Group Vietnam (BritCham Vietnam). We were the first ever Foreign Business Group to obtain formal recognition in Vietnam. The BritCham Vietnam has now evolved into the British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam which is affiliated with the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK and around the world.
Today, we are a community of more than 500 members, whose names mean world class reputation. The Secretariat is a dynamic and professional team, who are dedicated to promote our members’ business interests in Vietnam, through various business, social, charity and advocacy events and activities.
very year, the team works hard to secure funds for charity. Over the history of our operation, the Secretariat has raised more than VND 20 Billion to support education, healthcare, people at disadvantages, and wildlife protection. Our tradition of giving back to the community is something we honour and will keep working on.
Looking into the future, BritCham Vietnam continues our legacies and looks to expand the horizon of providing stronger supports to our members, adding more values to the community, and being the top influencer in the business network between Vietnam and the UK
Founded in 2014, our Business Centre’s mission is to facilitate better trade ties between British and Vietnamese companies via our range of bespoke trade services. Our trade services are designed to help UK companies quickly kickstart their business in Vietnam, accurately identify commercial and investment opportunities, grow exports and further develop their operations in this part of the world.
Financially independent and part of the British Government’s Overseas Business Network Initiative, The Business Centre has continued the association with other British Chambers of Commerce in South East Asia through regular meetings of BiSEA and also participate in their 2 roadshows to the UK every year.
Working primarily with UK companies looking to work in or export to Vietnam, the Business Centre has continued to make progress in its aim to become self-sufficient and independent of grant funding.
In the past year we have worked with over 200 British companies interested in doing business in Vietnam and successfully supported £47.5 million worth of export wins for the UK. At the same time we have also expanded our range of business services to include sales representation services for UK companies looking to maintain long-term presence in Vietnam, and business registration services for UK companies looking to set up their own company and operate in the country.
Our objective is to support UK companies to trade successfully in Vietnam and to foster stronger trade relation and mutually beneficial collaboration between both countries.
The close partnership with the Department for International Trade of UK (DIT) in Vietnam continues to benefit the Business Centre and we now look forward to providing extensive support and trade services to all business sectors in 2020/21 which will allow DIT to concentrate on their high-value work.
Partner search and one-to-one meetings with potential clients, agents/distributors, or outsourcing partners.
Business registration, Site selection, Factory/Office Set-up & Operations support, HR & Financial Management.
A professional business development representative to act locally on behalf of UK companies, strengthen existing engagements with the Vietnam market on a long-term basis and develop further business relationships within the market.
Organise trade missions, product launches, and seminars/workshops.