Jameson’s Irish Pub was once more the venue for the After Hours Networking on Wednesday the 3rd of February organized by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT).
‘After Hours’ offers an affordable means of networking in an informal environment. Normally, to attend the various chambers events around town people have to be a member of one of the chambers or opt to pay roughly double the entry fee which averages about 900 baht or so.
There is no entry fee for ‘After Hours’ and attendees do not have to be affiliated with any of the chambers of commerce. Thus for those who are perhaps trying to find their feet and looking for contacts in order to get their business off the ground, After Hours provides the answer.
Vince and Helen Westby with Pattaya Mail Media Group MD Peter Malhotra.
The landlord of Jamesons is Kim Fletcher, a man who has himself been doing business in Thailand for nearly 30 years and who also sees the benefit of making new friends and creating an income source; however, he lays on a free-of-charge finger buffet and extends a special Happy Hour on beers and wine.
In attendance on this night were many local faces, some from the real estate sector, others automotive, local charities and media.
BCCT Eastern Seaboard Chairman Mark Bowling gives an informative interview to Pattaya Mail Television.
In an interview for Pattaya Mail Television Mark Bowling, chairman of the BCCT Eastern Seaboard who was recently voted onto the Board of Directors for the BCCT, stated that people had responded very well to the addition of After Hours as a networking event in Pattaya. He said that sometimes people simply don’t want to wear business attire to every event and that After Hours is a bit like going down to the pub, but knowing that you will meet like-minded individuals who may help you broaden your contact list. Mark hinted that plans are afoot to start a minibus service from Pattaya to Bangkok for the numerous chamber events that take place in the capital.
Darren Perfect, Chris Clegg and Gavin Perfect enjoy a chat over a few beers.
Another colourfull character at the event was Helen Westby who works at the University of Cambridge in England, and by night and at weekend Helen works as a music journalist for Rock Hub UK and Music Trespass. She also writes for the Pattaya Mail and gave extensive coverage of last year’s Ramblin Man festival.
The next ‘After Hours’ is scheduled to take place in about three months’ time and details of which will be published in the Pattaya Mail beforehand.
Peter Malhotra the MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group is flanked by Lhen Lhen and Liz Sheppard form the Mercy Center.
Frank Holzer, Executive General Manager MHG Thailand, Armin Walter GKN Driveline, Dr Iain Corness, Michael Berger GM Regus and Angie Turton Dive in Pattaya.
The landlord of Jameson’s Kim Fletcher shares a laugh with good friends, Maggie Waller, Ray Matti, Richard Waller and Jerry Stewart.
A few team members from the Thai Farang Initiative (TFi) Paul Strachan, Rodney Charman, Priew Phanthong, Grieg Ritchie and Matt O’Sullivan hold a meeting prior to the networking.
BCCT Vice Chairman Chris Thatcher, along with Niedax Thailand Managing Director Ken Brookes, Neil Farrell, General Manager – Thailand at Elastomer Products (Thailand) Ltd., and BCCT Executive Director Greg Watkins.