The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand hosted, in co-operation with AMCHAM, AustCham, BeLuThai, CanCham, GTCC, NTCC, STCC & SATCC, the February Combined Chambers of Commerce networking event at the Renaissance Hotel in Ban Amphur. This was the first time the hotel had held such an event and all the guests were impressed with everything the hotel had to offer. The networking itself was on the deck of Pebbles Bar & Grill. This overlooks the beach and islands as well as the Bang Saray environs. It is strongly recommended for Sundowners as the setting sun going down over the aforementioned panoramic vista can be stunning.
The hotel put on some great British fayre with roast beef, fish and chips as well as some wonderful oriental delicacies. These were much appreciated by all who attended.
There were plenty of new faces at the event which was sponsored by Budget Car & Truck Rental, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa. The usual suspects were there as well and, in the end, around 100 people were in attendance.
Chris Thatcher, Chairman of BCCT was seen in deep conversation with Andrew McBean, CEO of PKF Thailand. Greg Watkins and his wonderful events manager, Rungjit, made sure that the whole shebang ran smoothly and efficiently. George Strampp told Graham Macdonald, director of Macallan Insurance Brokers, that he was departing these shores for a few months but would be back in the autumn. Frank Holzer, who heads up Anca Sheet Metal and also the newly formed Manufacturing Focus Group, was in full flow with Elmar Kleiner of OIA Architects.
Prizes were handed out for the lucky draw. Denis Richter, GM of the Renaissance Hotel, was delighted to announce that the winner would get a free night at the Renaissance. Bangkok Hospital Pattaya also said they would give a free check up to the lucky person who was next drawn out of the bowl. It is not known who thought this was a good idea or not given that many of the attendees could not be described as being in the finest of physical shape.
Jimmy Howard and Buster Williamson, Sales Manager of MBS, were also chatting away and discussing various topics that usually involved alcohol and food as they are renowned connoisseurs of both. Helmut Buchberger was explaining to the ageless Allan Riddell, representing the South African Chamber, the benefits of his new project the Difference Residence which will bring a completely new concept to the Eastern Seaboard. The ubiquitous Simon Matthews, CEO of Manpower, was heard expounding the benefits of chamber membership to all and sundry.
All in all, an excellent event and well worthwhile for those who made the effort to get there. The next event will be led by the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) and will be at the Mytt Hotel on Friday, 15th March. It is strongly recommended you make the effort to attend.