Message from our Chair
Welcome to the BBGV! (an accredited British Chamber of Commerce)
I would like to welcome all the BBGV members, clients, friends, sponsors and supporters to the 2017 BBGV Directory. The past year has been one of change and growth for BBGV. We have seen new faces both on the Board and, also in the executive, all of whom are committed to seeing BBGV maintain its strong position of providing business support and influence, in Vietnam, for UK companies. BBGV together with its strong and loyal membership has achieved a great deal during 2016 and, supported many companies both old and new to this exciting market.
Our achievements in the financial year of 2016/17 included:
- 3billion vnd raised for charities
- A Membership numbering 187
- Increased membership by 10%
- Ran more than 50 events for members
- Maintained strong and transparent financial and governance processes
Our Business Centre, which is financially independent and part of the British Government’s Overseas Business Network Initiative has continued their association with other British Chambers of Commerce in S.E. Asia through regular meetings of BISEA and also participated in 2 road shows to the UK.
The Business Centre has continued to progress and develop despite some challenges including reduction in grant funding from the Department of International Trade (“DIT”). Working primarily with new 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. During 2016/17 the team delivered:
- 4 webinars
- over 280 service deliveries
- Generated a total income in excess of £120,000.00
- Posted 48 Export Opportunities for UK businesses
- Converted over 50% of its written proposals to chargeable services.
- Initiated new monthly business e-newsletter reaching over 2,000 readers
The close partnership with the DIT in Vietnam continues to benefit the Business Centre and we now look forward to providing a service to all business sectors in 2017/18 which will allow DIT to concentrate on the high value work. Wherever possible we will continue to match our membership companies with the new companies coming into the Vietnam marketplace.
We are also start to plan for the Post Brexit era and in particular developing our own advocacy channels for members and also how we stay relevant to British business and their needs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Board who have given their time freely which has been greatly appreciated. We will be sorry to see some board members leaving us in 2017 but also welcome their replacements to bring new thoughts, ideas and support.
A heartfelt thanks goes to the many BBGV sponsors and partners, without whose support we would not be able to achieve as much as we do. The support especially given from HSBC, British International School, British University of Vietnam, Jardines, Harvey Nash, TRG, Etihad, Diageo and MK Cards has been invaluable.
BBGV enjoys a close association with other accredited British Chambers of Commerce in the UK as well as overseas. The good relationship with our colleagues at the British Embassy and Consulate General provides a strong basis for a great deal of our work both in Vietnam and the UK.