2017 saw a period of considerable network expansion for BBGV, this was marked not only by MOUs being signed with provincial trade promotion centres in Vietnam, but also the tightening of the connection with regional British Chambers of Commerce and Business Networks. In April 2017, The Business Centre of BBGV further developed its collaboration with UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) to a higher level in terms of fostering regional market introductions including that of Vietnam.
UKABC has introduced over 50 business interests from the UK to BBGV and the Vietnam market. Among these, approximately half were direct referrals, while the remainder were obtained from two annual BiSEA Roadshows in the UK. The majority of the referrals came from the Education, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, Power & Energy, and Advanced Engineering sectors. The collaboration with UKABC has not only spread out the significant support of The BBGV Business Centre to interested UK businesses, but also supported the current trend of businesses coming to the S.E.Asia region and to Vietnam in particular. The Business Centre and UKABC remain in close contact to ensure the progress of each business referral.