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ATS visit to Loy Krathong Festival at Buddhapadipa Temple Sunday 2nd November
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Doing Business in Thailand - One-to-One Meetings

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

To register your meeting time or arrange your own 30-minute meeting with Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), Greg Watkins by emailing – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Thailand

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.


The Colours of Thailand Festival at Westfield Mall, Shepherds Bush

26th to 28th September

The Royal Thai Embassy in corporation with Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, Thai Airways International, Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Office of Commercial Affairs and the Association of Thai Businesses in the UK will organise “The Colours of Thailand” festival at Westfield London (Shepherds Bush) between 26 – 28 September 2014.

The ‘Colours of Thailand’ festival will take place at the sprawling 1,000-square-metre Atrium Area of London’s largest indoor shopping centre. On Friday and Saturday, the festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. On Sunday, the event will start at 12 noon and finish at 6 p.m.

The festival aims to promote a better understanding of Thailand, Thai tourism, culture and Thai products to the British consumers. At present, more than 900,000 Britons travel to Thailand each year, making the British travellers among the top three visitors from the European Union to Thailand. As one of the biggest Thai festivals held in the UK, the Colours of Thailand will feature a host of premium quality Thai products, crafts, cuisine and services.

In cooperation with Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the Colours of Thailand festival will exhibit a fashion show of Thai silk and other textiles which will be up for sale as well. The demonstrations of food carving, cooking, dances and martial arts will also be on stage.

Moreover, the Royal Thai Embassy will showcase the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 display from Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand at the event. The splendours of the display such as a mock-up of the much revered Emerald Buddha, the Royal Barge, and images of the Thai and British royal families – revealing their close ties.

Visitors to the festival will get a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets from London-Bangkok-London by Thai Airways International and many more prizes.

The Colours of Thailand is free entry to all visitors.

Organised By : Royal Thai Embassy, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Thai Airways International, Tourism of Authority of Thailand, the Office of Commercial Affairs and the Association of Thai Businesses in the UK




Asia Business Champions: Learning the secrets of business success in Asia

Monday 5th June, 2014 08:30 - 10:30 at Asia House

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St London, W1G 7LP

ATS Executive committee member, Steve Buckley, will be one of the panelists at a presentation organised by Asia House.  The presentation will be delivered by Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Asia Regional Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit who will give an overview of some of the macro- and micro-economic developments from Asia.  Attendees will hear from business leaders whose firms epitomise the Asian Business Champion model, as identified in the recent Connecting Countries report by Telstra Global, Asia House Corporate Partner and global leader in telecoms and information infrastructure services.

The comprehensive presentation will cover the following:

  • Growth forecasts for Asia – profiling the fastest growing countries, understanding economic trends
  • Insights on the business environment across Asia
  • Asia on the horizon – key changes in the political economy between now and 2030

The discussions will be followed by a networking reception.

For further details please click here


Recent meeting with APPG-ASEAN at The House of Commons

Mike Weatherley MP, ChaIrman of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for ASEAN, held two meetings recently at the House of Common. ATS Executive members were invited to attend together with representatives from ASEAN London Council (ALC) and a delegation from British Chambers of Commerce from ASEAN Countries:

APPG-ASEAN - Wed 26th March

Meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of ASEAN Department Tom Dodd : who gave a brief summary and informative policy for the business investment in ASEAN.








Photo: Mike Weatherley MP in centre, H.E Pasan Teaprak Thai Ambassador, Vietnam Ambassador, Representatives from Indonesia and Philippines , Orapin Dawson and Ekachai Thapthimthong from ATS

APPG-ASEAN - Tue 1st April

Meeting with a delegation of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce BiSEA group (Britain in South East Asia) : Greg Watkins, Director was a key speaker. There were several BCC ASEAN members from Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Thailand etc.

Photo: APPG-BiASEAN meeting & reception : BCC Thai Team from left : Barry Nicholson BCCT/UKTI, Ben Raby UKTI Thailand,  Orapin Dawson  Chair ATS, Mike Weatherley MP Chairman APPG, Andrew McBean, BCCT and Nutthapol Na Sonhgkhla First Secretary Royal Thai Embassy.

The discussion on how to promote BiASEAN more effectively went very well with several input from various BCC countries. It was agreed that APPG will host the Launch event at the House of Common during the week commencing 23rd June 2104 (more details to follow). We were then all invited to have a pint & light lunch at the House of Common Terrace. Representatives from ATS were, Orapin Dawson, Steve Buckley and Greg Watkins.


Celebrate Songkran at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon

Sonkran Festival - Sunday 13th April, 2014 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5HJ

Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London.  The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage.








Free entry, all welcome.

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The History of Songkran

Songkran festival takes place in cities and villages across Thailand from the 13th – 15th April each year and is a water filled, fun packed national event that commemorates the important role of water in Thai social, cultural and spiritual life.  Songkran is celebrated during the peak of the summer heat wave in Thailand and traditional festivities include the bathing of Buddha images carried out at temples and homes across the country and children sprinkle water on their elders to pay respect. More modern celebrations have developed into large scale water fights from gardens and parks to busy streets and even from tuk-tuks as you make your way about. Visitors to Thailand are encouraged, and very welcome, to join in the fun with locals so if you are travelling to Thailand in April be sure to get involved and be prepared to get soaked!






In Focus

Obituary: Nitya Pibulsonggram

BBC launches new social media Thai-English news service:

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

Doing Business in Thailand - One-to-one Meetings in London, Edinburgh & Glasgow

Sun. 2nd November

ATS Visit to Loy Kratong Festival at Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon.

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


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