Welcome to the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) and thank you for visiting our website.
The ATS was founded in 1962 to help promote good relations between the UK and Thailand. It currently has around 300 members with an interest in Thailand's people, culture and its business relations. Throughout the year the society organises various events and activities of interest to our members. The two principal Anglo-Thai Society events each year are the Summer Reception at the House of Lords in June and The Presentation of Educational Awards at the Oriental Club in November.
On Saturday 4 October 2014, 25 members of the Anglo-Thai Society and guests from the Royal Thai Embassy converged on the World Heritage Site at Avebury in Wiltshire, some by coach from London and others by car. The group visited the 16th century Avebury Manor, a unique property run by the National Trust in which each room is differently decorated and furnished in a manner appropriate to a period in the house’s long history. Here the National Trust operates a “hands-on” policy. Visitors are encouraged to sit on the chairs, lie on the beds (shoes off !), sit at the dining table and even play a game of billiards. As the morning rain cleared, members were able to explore the Manor gardens before walking around the 2,500 year old Avebury stone circle, the largest of its kind in Europe. Unlike at the nearby neolithic henge site of Stonehenge, visitors to Avebury are able to wander around the stones and impressive earthen embankments amongst grazing sheep.
The sun shone from the early afternoon and the group drove via the mysterious man-made mound of Silbury Hill (probably built two centuries before Avebury stone circle) to the historic market town of Marlborough, the wide high street of which was taken over by the annual Mop Fair, originally a hiring fair, now devoted exclusively to entertainment. From there the group drove to the village of Milton Lilbourne, nestling at the foot of the Wiltshire Downs, for tea at the house of Gwendolyn and David Fall, before returning to London and other destinations.
This visit was arranged as part of the ATS’s growing programme of events outside London.
London, Edinburgh and Glasgow - 9th, 13th and 14th October
You are invited to a business surgery with Greg Watkins, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand to discuss key opportunities within this fast growing market.
LONDON - Thursday 9th October from 9 am to 5 pm at The Brewery (Queen Vault room), 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD
EDINBURGH - Monday 13th October, 9am – 5pm at Scottish Enterprise offices, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD
GLASGOW - Tuesday 14th October, 9am – 5pm at Scottish Enterprise offices, Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
Thailand is a dynamic and diverse economy. There are opportunities for Scottish companies in a number of sectors including: oil & gas, higher education, food and drink, ICT and technologies, healthcare and financial services.
There is already a strong trade and investment relationship between Thailand and the UK, with a target to double the current two-way trade of £5.5 billion to £11 billion by 2018. Despite recent political developments the business sector remains very strong. After six months of economic stagnation budget disbursements have recommenced, previously postponed major infrastructure projects are being re-examined and economic stimulus measures are being considered. GDP growth for 2014 is now expected to be in the range 2-3.5%. Consumer confidence rose in May 2014, the first increase for 14 months.
Thailand is placed 18th of 189 countries in the World Bank’s Annual Ease of Doing Business Survey. With a population of 67 million people Thailand has scale. Basic ‘doing business’ laws work, there is a good infrastructure, reliable utilities and communications, and a hard-working and adaptable workforce. The Thailand Board of Investment provides a range of incentives such as full or majority corporate ownership, corporate tax breaks, land ownership and reductions on import duties for raw materials.
About Greg Watkins:
Greg spent seven years with the Department of Trade and Industry, including a brief attachment with the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Bangkok in 1989, followed by five years as Marketing Director for Tara Siam, a business research organisation, before joining the Chamber in December 1996. Greg is happy to offer insights into the Thai economy and tips for how to do business in Thailand to any company interested in the market.
This is an ideal opportunity for any company to understand more about this exciting South East Asian economy.
For an update and to learn about the progress of our 2013 Award Winners, please click here
Please note that this year's Educational Awards Presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, 28 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1Pt. All welcome.
Tuesday 18th November
Presentation of Educational Awards at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, 28 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT. More details coming soon. For a map showing the venue, please click on the following link http://www.oeauk.net/home/?page_id=2
Friday 12th December
Christmas Lunch at Nipa Restaurant. More details coming soon.
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Calendar of Events
Saturday 4th October
Visit to Avebury World Heritage Site Click here for more details and how to book
9th, 13th & 14th October
Sun. 2nd November
Tues. November 18th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Educational Awards Presentation at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, 28 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1PT
Fri. 12th December
ATS Christmas Lunch at Nipa Thai Restaurant - 12:30 pm