What we do

UKABC is the leading organisation on all matters involving ASEAN

As ASEAN grows to become the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030, it is experiencing a demographic shift to a younger population, an expanding middle class, and rapid adoption of cutting-edge technology.

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) provides awareness on the latest opportunities in the region and facilitates trade and investment content delivery for UK companies looking to expand their operations into markets across Southeast Asia.

Created out of UK Trade & Investment’s 2011 Strategy ‘Britain Open for Business’, UKABC is passionate about helping UK companies of all sizes export and invest in one of the most exciting, vibrant and fastest-growing regions in the world.

Impartial and independent partner to government and business

Although historically funded by the Department for International Trade, UKABC has always preserved its nature of a standalone business.

Solid trade and investment network

UKABC retains strong UK-ASEAN connections that live up to its reputation as a trusted interface that strengthens and convenes regional government and business parties. Working closely with the UK and ASEAN governments, key partner organisations including the British Chambers of Commerce in ASEAN, influential corporates, experienced SMEs, market experts, and professional services providers, we have created an extensive UK-ASEAN business network that allows us to provide unique market insights and links UK innovation and expertise with ASEAN’s vast commercial developments.

Point of reference for government and commercial visits and trade missions

UKABC delivers added value to incoming ASEAN trade and investment teams visiting the UK from across Southeast Asia.

Assisting SMEs exporting to ASEAN

Whether you are a UK company brand new to exporting, or newly considering ASEAN as an export destination, we are here to help. We provide practical advice and guidance on how to do business in ASEAN, using our ASEAN Export Specialists to link through to our expert business partners in ASEAN – the British Chambers of Commerce.

We also bring ASEAN to the UK through a sustained calendar of events including market/regional briefings, targeted meetings with ASEAN decision-makers and promotional events.

If you are interested in discussing your ASEAN export strategy with one of our Specialists, their details are available on our team page.

An invaluable corporate partnership programme

Designed for companies seeking to not just export but actively engage in the region, we provide our corporate partners with priority access to exclusive events, business intelligence, and promote their visibility and capabilities in ASEAN.

We do this by utilising our network of contacts in the UK and ASEAN governments, and by accessing high-level events and meetings in both the UK and Southeast Asia.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner or would like additional information, please contact Ken Wells, Director-Partnerships at ken.wells@ukabc.org.uk.

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