The Thai-United Kingdom Business Council was founded in 2016 to promote the best of relations between the United Kingdom and Thailand, and to enhance the bilateral relationship.
The Thai-Uk Business Council is constituted as a non-for-profit legal entity with a Board of Trustees. We are honoured to have both Ambassadors as our Honorary Presidents.
We welcome new members, sponsors, and partners to participate in the growth of the Thai-UK Business Council.
Richard Graham MP, PM's Trade Envoy to ASEAN, HE Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Rupert Goodman DL Chairman of the TUBC, HE Pisanu Suvanajata, Ambassador of Thailand to the UK.
Suwit Maesincee Thai Deputy Minister for Commerce, Mr Virasakdi Futrakul Thai PM's Special Envoy, Rt Hon Lord Powell of Bayswater, Mark Garnier MP PM's Trade Envoy at the signing ceremony at Lancaster House, 2016
On 12th July 2016 the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Thailand, Mark Garnier MP, and the Thai Prime Minister's Special Envoy, announced that senior business leaders from Thai and British companies would come together as the Thai-UK Business Council.
This announcement was made at Lancaster House, London, in the presence of the Thai Deputy Minister for Commerce. The purpose of the Council would be to look for creative ways to encourage Thai and British businesses to build new and innovative partnerships, as well as encourage the governments of both countries to foster trade and investment in both markets. Working to an agenda set by business, not government, the Council would work on behalf of all businesses.
Mark Garnier MP:
'There is a natural fit between the commercial and economic goals of Thailand and the UK. Thai companies are looking for technology and investment opportunities in areas where the UK offer is truly world-class. UK companies are eager to build new partnerships both in Thailand, and with Thai companies in third countries. Now is the right time to launch this business council.'
Mr Virasakdi, The Thai Prime Minister's Special Envoy:
'For our two Kingdoms, "Trade leads the flag", our economic cooperation preceded and strengthens our diplomatic relations. With the support of Thailand-UK Business Council, the value of our trade and investment could be expanded greatly. Thailand pledges its full support for the Council.'
Mr Tevin Vongvanich, President and CEO of PTT:
'Close collaboration between the members will enable the identification of factors to enable trade and investment flows in both directions to be increased, perhaps through improvements in policies and regulations, which will result in great economic development and benefit on a bilateral basis, with potentially regional and global positive ramifications.'
Rt Hon Lord Powell of Bayswater:
'Such initiatives can take the relationship between countries, in particular from a business perspective , to a new level. Rolls Royce, like other UK companies, are committed to building long-term partnerships in Thailand and South-East Asia more broadly. Now is the right time to lay the groundwork for the future.'