The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) held its latest networking evening in the spacious surrounds of the award-winning Horseshoe Point development. As always there was a host of red baton wavers to guide those not ‘in the know’ to a safe parking area, which was large enough to accommodate the almost 200 members, networkers and guests. With this event sponsored by the BCCT in cooperation with Horseshoe Point, Siam Country Club and the Thai Polo Club, they were able to offer free entry for everyone – and as always, ‘no free offer is ever undersubscribed’!
The actual venue was on a man-made island in front of the housing development, complete with candle-lit ‘krathongs’ floating on the waterways. Quite a spectacular venue, and resident local Rick Bryant was quick to point out that the development looked pristine at all times; it was not a quick detail before the BCCT networking.
(L to R) Manic Rogens, Mix 88.5 FM; Manic Bowling, Colliers International; and Craig Muldoon, Global Investments.
The food provided by Horseshoe Point was similar to last year’s event and of a very high standard complete with Japanese, Thai and European cuisines being offered. There was certainly enough to feed the hungry hordes.
Refreshments were supplied with around 10 Tiger Beer hostesses doing the rounds and dispensing draft Tiger and large smiles, as well as wines and soft drinks.
Entertainment included an easy listening group and with the mild weather it was certainly conducive to socializing, and that was evident with people moving around, finding others with similar interests. One of these was Garry Irvin, the Business Development Director of Resource Link recruitment. Garry was very up-beat saying that his company’s business was expanding exponentially with new companies starting to set up in Thailand, even before the first ground-breaking ceremonies. All good news.
Enjoying herself, as usual, was Foo (Felicity) Smith telling anyone who would stand still long enough about the British style Pantomime Aladdin. She carefully explained that in these pantomimes, the principal boy is a girl, while the leading lady is a boy … or something similar, which sounds as if it will fit the Pattaya scene perfectly! It is a short version about 45 minutes long, and will be performed at various venues between Friday December 3 and Sunday December 18, including a family matinee at The Bed on Sunday the 12th at 3 p.m.
Mix 88.5 FM’s Russell and DJ Mark Rogers were in attendance, with Russell very enthusiastic about their new morning sessions which will start at 6 a.m. and have already generated much interest in the ex-pat community. However, looking at some of the glassy-eyed imbibers by late in the evening, the time of 6 a.m. means getting home late, rather than getting up early.
It was an excellent networking opportunity in fabulous surroundings and a vote of thanks was given to the sponsors.
The next BCCT networking will be on Friday December 3, in conjunction with the Movers and Shakers group, the Lighthouse Club and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and held at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort.
(L to R) Colin Watson; Christina and Malcolm Boden from the Charity Club of Pattaya; and Andy Hall, projects director for CEA.
(L to R) Itthikorn Eurpornpaisarn, resort general manager of Horseshoe Point; Linda Srifuengfung, CEO of Horseshoe Point; Graham Macdonald, director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand; Wanatcha Phetkaew, senior tenancy and customer service officer of Horseshoe Point; and Chawanporn Kaewkaemtong, sales executive of Horseshoe Point.
(L to R) Kevin Fisher, manager of the Far East Region of Cranes and Equipment Ltd.; John Clarke, chief executive officer of Forbears Freedom Wealth Management Co., Ltd.; and Miss Rujira Phatham.
(L to R) Lacey Winterton; Fergus Gould, Thai Polo manager; and Tim Ward, instructor of Thai Polo.
(L to R) Jerry N. Stewart, non-executive director and chief financial officer for Business & Financial Consultancy & Education; Simon Philbrook, client advisor for the MBMG Group; John McHugh, Sports Bar & Grill; Deborah Philbrook; and Graham Macdonald; director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.
(L to R) Herman van Gucht, director of Town & Country Property; Ann; and Louis J. Van den Berghm, CEO of 4A Properties.
(L to R) Foo Smity, Peter Smith, director of AA Insurance Broker Co., Ltd., and Nan.
(L to R) Ray and Andreas chat over a beer.