BMCC Newsletter #176 (18 Nov 2019)

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Issue #176 - 18 Nov 2019
BMCC Trade Mission to Myanmar

On the 6th and 7th November, the BMCC organised a Trade Mission to Myanmar, the first ASEAN delegation for our members in recent history. 11 delegates made up the contingent, representing various industry interests from automation, hospitality, financial and professional services, to education, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure. 

Day 1 of the mission began with a welcoming session at the British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (BCCM) in the capital city of Yangon. Briefings on the nations' legal structure and market entry were conducted, included networking receptions and 1-2-1 Business Matching sessions. 

Day 2 covered market briefings on Retail, FMCG, Banking, Insurance, Investment and Real Estate with various representatives from the local private sector. A site visit to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, and a group dinner concluded the trip.  
The overall trade mission was well received by our travelling members, with some commending its organisation and execution, along with the valuable connections and insights made with the local industry there. "Based on discussions with fellow delegates I believe that it was a successful trip for all participants and is a model we should replicate for missions to other ASEAN countries in the future," commented Bill Addington, Director at Tony Gee & Partners, BMCC Board Director and fellow delegate who had given the initial impetus for the Trade Delegation to Myanmar. 

Daniel Tait, Director at Score Asia Sdn Bhd expressed his appreciation too with the following comments; "Excellent. Very well organised and great networking sessions. It was refreshing to go on a business trip where all the meetings were planned out ahead by the respective chambers. A stress free trip." While Russ Emmerson, Business Development Director at Really English found the 1-2-1 meetings particularly useful, saying "I have followed up with all the organisations I was introduced to and I will be returning to Yangon and Mandalay later this month for further talks. In all cases the business prospects look very promising."

Myanmar is a fast emerging economy and a geographically well located country with its key market opportunity sectors including Education, Financial Services, Renewable Energy, Food & Beverages, Retail, Construction Materials & Services and 5G Telecommunications. The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar is well placed to advise on market entry to BMCC members from Malaysia and the UK. 

Last week, BMCC Executive Director Jennifer Lopez and Deputy Director of Trade & Investment of the Department for International Trade, Clifford Bebb visited The Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia. The meeting covered matters of future inter-chamber collaborations, industry advocacy, trade missions and joint briefings on industry insights including the Belt and Road initiative. 
We have a winner!

In conjunction with British Airways' Centenary celebrations this year, the BMCC ran a ticket giveaway contest for our members in October. We're happy to announce the prize of x2 Club World Business Class Return Tickets from Kuala Lumpur to London has been won by Mr. David Chiam, Legal Director & Company Secretary of GCH Retail Sdn Bhd (Dairy Farm), fellow Large Corporate member of the BMCC. Congratulations David and thank you British Airways, our fellow Sterling member!
BMCC supports UK specialist in mental health and innovation explore Malaysian industry landscape

Riverside Consulting CIC is a UK social enterprise consisting of a collective of highly skilled and experienced professionals in the mental health and innovation sectors. Riverside allows these professionals who normally work individually as specialist consultants and as businesses to collaborate through expertise, skills and knowledge on a range of joint initiatives. Together, their team have experience in international partnerships, in training and skills growth, in project development and management, in small business and social enterprise support, in procurement and fundraising and with strategic organisational development.
Since 2016, they have worked in partnership with the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and with a number of hospitals across China in delivering training to medical staff, teachers and parents on the practical management of children with ADHD. They have also worked in partnership in a number of EU countries on training, educational and cultural programmes from 2009 to 2016. 
Mr Iain Kay and Mr Tony House from Riverside Consulting UK were in KL recently and visited various Malaysian Ministries – Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, universities and mental health professionals. Riverside Consulting will be looking to deliver some training programmes in early 2020 focusing on child and adolescent mental health. If you have any interest in this, please contact:
BMCC Survey: The Impact of Black Economy on the Business Community in Malaysia

The BMCC is conducting a survey with the aim of identifying challenges that are affecting businesses in Malaysia, particularly on the impact of "black economy". Your feedback is important in providing a clearer view from a business community perspective, the challenges arising from black economy whilst operating in Malaysia. Click here to take survey
BMCC - Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia
SME Conference 2019: Supporting Business To Greater Success (4 Dec)

SMEs play a critical role in the economy, contributing significantly to the gross domestic product and providing millions of job opportunities. With the challenging economic landscape, support for SMEs is vital to boost their readiness and competitiveness to weather through the unpredictable economic environment. Join us and discover critical knowledge and strategies to accelerate your business to the next level. There will be a networking cocktail after the conference. 
SME Members of the BMCC are entitled to 1 (one) complimentary pass per company
More Info & Registrations Here
BMCC Annual Corporate Christmas Luncheon (6 Dec)

That time of year will soon be upon us! Let us revel in Christmas cheer this 6th December as our annual BMCC Christmas Luncheon returns to JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. Come one, come all, members, colleagues, friends and families as we give a grand glimmering send off to 2019 and toast to an exciting 2020 ahead!
More Info | Register Here
MINI 7% Discount for BMCC Members

Exclusive for BMCC Members: The Mini Corporate Programme Benefits are available for BMCC members entitling you to special ownership privileges and incentives to complement your MINI purchase. 

View the privileges here
Email to to sign up!
Iskandar Malaysia - Establishing Your Beachhead for Opportunities and Expansion into Asia (22 Nov, London)

Organised by the Johor State Investment Centre (InvestJohor) and i2M Ventures, this event aims to promote the state of Johor Malaysia as a great opportunity to invest for UK companies.

MIDA: Malaysia - Cost of Doing Business

Published by The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), the objective of this brochure is to enable investors to make a preliminary assessment of the major costs involved in doing business in Malaysia. Investors who require more specific details can contact MIDA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur or the nearest MIDA overseas or state offices for further advice and assistance.

New West Perth Apartment Development Unveiled – Eligible for the State Government’s new 75% transfer

A new apartment development in West Perth has been unveiled by developer Aria Land with West Quarter forecast to start construction next year. The development will be one of the first eligible for the State Government’s new 75% transfer duty rebate of up to $50,000.Leading residential agency, Knight Frank, has been appointed as the exclusive selling agent to bring the 60 apartments to the market, and has started taking registrations of interest.

Verdo Kew Bridge UK (23-24 Nov)

Join JLL and our partner, EcoWorld as we offer you up-to-date information on the UK property market and insights into the South West’s housing market. Bristol and Exeter have seen strong price growth on the back of significant shortfalls in supply, while Plymouth has become one of the largest first time buyer markets in the region. Meet our UK property experts and book an appointment to find out on the latest residential projects on 23 & 24 Nov at EcoWorld International Sales Gallery.

RSVP Now to attend our event
Business Innovation Conference 2019 (27 Nov) 
BMCC Supported Event

Join the Business Innovation Congress (BIC) on 27 of November 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main objective of BIC is to provide disruptive ideas and perspectives outside of usual business processes, as well as explore new market trends, products, services, and technological innovation. More info here

10% Discount for BMCC Members
Email to for promo code
Screening: Michael Palin in North Korea Documentary (30 Nov)

Come along to the Joke Factory for an exclusive premier in Malaysia of this unique documentary; An unparalleled glimpse at one of the world’s most isolated countries through the eyes of one of Britain’s best loved comedian - Michael Palin. Nick Bonner of Koryo Tours who made the production possible and chaperoned the Monty Python star around the country, will be on hand to speak about North Korea and the making of the program. 

For further information and reservations click here
Alice Smith School Community Making An Impact For a Better Tomorrow

The Alice Smith School Foundation recently launched its Be Remarkable Sustainability campaign with an Eco-Community Day on Saturday, 2nd November. The day marked the start of Alice Smith’s journey of environmental stewardship. The event was launched by YAM Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Board Member of the Alice Smith School Foundation. 

Open Week @ Epsom College in Malaysia (25-30 Nov)

Epsom College in Malaysia is now accepting applications for entry in 2020. Book your place at our next Open Week from 25th to 30th November to find out more.

University of Reading Malaysia: Get ready to embark on your higher education journey
Our Foundation, Study, and Language Institute offers University English courses to develop your academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency as well as study skills. This is to prepare you for a pathway of success when you begin a Foundation or Degree programme in any local or international institution. SPM, IGCSE, UEC and equivalent holders can enrol into the University English for the January 2020 intake. Contact us for more details: Call +607 2686 205 | Whatsapp +6016 7725 400
The MYGiving movement: Give For A Better World (3-8 Dec)
From 3-8 Dec people in Malaysia will come together to give to any cause in a meaningful way; donate, volunteer, fundraise, spread awareness or perform simple acts of kindness. MYGiving is a non-profit, collaborative and nationwide movement spearheaded by SimplyGiving, to promote an altruistic culture, prove that acts of kindness and goodwill transcend all differences, raise funds for and raise awareness on local causes.

Become a brand for good and join the mission! Visit or email for more information.
KPJ Healthcare: Medical Tourism Package 2019

Full Medical Screening package for RM 399 at available KPJ Healthcare Hospitals. Package includes an array of services including chest x-ray, ECG, blood screening, BMI, vision test and more. Promotion valid until 31 December 2019. 

For reservations, whatsapp +6011 2184 0717 or email

HPV Vaccine Promotion at NCSM
Don’t wait, vaccinate! Have you been vaccinated against HPV before? If you haven’t, this is your chance to protect yourself and your family against the most common sexually transmitted virus, for cancer prevention. NCSM will be running a HPV vaccination promotion on 16 & 30 November at an extremely discounted price of RM299 per person for 3 doses. That’s 60% off!
Interested to get vaccinated? Scan the barcode on the poster or register here. Have a question on HPV? Check out our FAQs here or contact us at 03-26987351,
Fattoria Fibbiano Wine Dinner @ ATAS, The Ruma KL

Embark on an epicurean journey at ATAS as Executive Chef Tyson Gee masterfully crafts a menu that perfectly complements a premium selection by Fattario Fibbiano. 

Fattario Fibbiano is located near Terricciola in the Era Valley, an asrea which boasts some significant Etruscan settlements and known as "the city of wine." With a farmstead that date back to 1707, Fattoria di Fibbiano's philosophy is to continue indigenious grap varieties instead of more international grapes. 

Click here to view The Ruma's Home for Christmas brochure
November Promotions @ Traders Hotel KL

From bucked out seafood with chilli crabs, in-room dining soft-shell crabs, twin towers and wagyu beef burgers, premium European Gin & Tonic to scrumptious Nasi Campur rice with a selection of local Malay dishes, fried rice and noodles at budget-friendly prices, you would be spoilt for choice with the culinary highlights at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur this month of November!

For further information, reservations and more promotions, click here
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