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BMCC Newsletter Issue #391 - (13 February 2024)
BMCC’s 5th Business Excellence Awards
Honouring British and Malaysian brands across all industries
Dear Subscriber,

The BMCC’s 5th Business Excellence Awards Night is happening on 21 May 2024 at Sunway Resort Hotel!

Our flagship event returns to honour British and Malaysian brands and personalities across different industries who have made innovative and diligent efforts to develop the business and trade landscape. 

The Awards offer a heightened standard of recognition, excellence, and progress to acknowledge bilateral achievements and success among our members. Some of our  include Smith & Nephew, YTL Group, Sunway Medical Centre, EcoWorld International, Sports Direct, Mott MacDonald, and Owen Mumford!

This year, we have six Award categories. Explore the categories and submit your nomination(s):

The pinnacle achievement at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards, this award recognises a UK company investing in Malaysian or a Malaysian company investing in the UK, having displayed a stellar track record of investment in the opposite country by building on its successful local businesses; bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.

This award goes to any organisation that has successfully partnered with a UK or Malaysian counterpart over the last 2-5 years. The joint-venture collaboration and synergies created through this partnership will have driven exceptional commercial results and shown significant value-creation to the economy; capitalising on the best of UK & Malaysia expertise through a seamless partnership.

This outstanding award goes to a partnership between a UK higher or further education institution and a Malaysian organisation(s) that delivered a significant impact in the last five (5) years. The joint-venture collaboration and synergies created through this partnership will have driven exceptional results and shown significant value-creation to the education sector in Malaysia and the UK; capitalising on the best of UK & Malaysia expertise through a seamless partnership.

This award recognises and celebrates organisations across all industries that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to fostering the spirit of diversity and inclusion within the workplace through effective strategies and initiatives.

This award is given to an organisation that successfully pursued new solutions through the application of digital, innovative, and disruptive technologies to operate with greater efficiency and ultimately contributing to Malaysia’s productivity enhancement and paving the way towards technological advancement, especially in the last three years.

This award seeks to recognise the achievements of an organisation that demonstrated outstanding achievements in adopting ESG practices and ultimately contributing significantly towards the environment and communities, as well as advocating for these initiatives within their industry, supply chains, and clients.

This award seeks to recognise the achievements of small and medium enterprises that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in delivering exceptional products and/or services and contribute significantly towards their sector and the overall economy.

Nominations for each of the Awards are open now - !

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Meet Professor Ray Priest, Managing Director of UWE International Education Services!
UWE International Educational Services Sdn Bhd was registered in 2018. The company has over 80 employees operating in 14 Asia Pacific countries with eight offices in major locations. Formed from a former representative office for the recruitment of students to the university, UWE Bristol, in the UK, the company now spans five divisions working in promoting and delivering educational opportunities and lifelong learning activities across the whole region. 
Their presence in Malaysia came about because they first laid our foundations for international education in the country and saw it to be an ideal hub for transforming our work across the region.

To read more about our interview with Professor Ray Priest and UWE International Educational Services, click !
Join our webinar on solving the tax technology puzzle of e-invoicing - In partnership with EY
Tax administrations globally are undergoing rapid digitalisation. They are proactively engaging taxpayers before transactions, rather than relying solely on historical tax return data.
Date: 28 February 2024
Time: 10 am to 12pm
Register !
The EY Global Tax e-Invoicing Solution (GTES) is designed to meet the increasing demand for swift and tailored provision of invoices, transaction reports, and tax returns, aligning seamlessly with diverse tax administration requirements worldwide. 

Join EY experts for a webinar for a concise overview, updates, common considerations, and insights into GTES operations.
Talent Network meets at Michael Page Office
On 6 February, the Chamber convened its 2nd BMCC Talent Network meeting of 2024 to discuss the issues and concerns that have arisen in the talent industry as well as share best practices and expertise among members.

With a focus on the theme of creation and development of talent, discussions centred around upskilling, reskilling, entry-level workforce, DEI, and brain drain.

We thank the Chair, Nic Chambers from Michael Page; Sharath Martin from ACCA; Mehri Eyubova from BP; Sugunah Verumandy from HSBC; Zaiti Waddell from Kaplan; Sukhbir Singh from M&N Management Consultancy; Nik Naharudin from MDEC; Ly Sha from PwC; and Sharifah Khadijah from Smith & Nephew for attending the discussion. 

The BMCC was represented by our CEO, Jennifer Lopez and Government Relations & Public Affairs Manager, Yoong Hau Wei.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Michael Page, our Sterling Member, for hosting the meeting, and to all attendees for their active participation and insights.

To learn more about the Talent Network, contact
BMCC’s Guide to the UK-Malaysia Education Excellence
Download Here!
Have you secured a copy?

This comprehensive resource is dedicated to contributing to Malaysia’s ambition as a global education hub.

It is meticulously designed to offer valuable insights and guidance for individuals aspiring to pursue education excellence through the UK-Malaysia connection.

Experience global education in Malaysia through the Guide, today!
Welcome to our New Member, ADP!
ADP is a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions that unite HR, payroll, talent, time, tax, and benefits administration, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics, and compliance expertise. 
Their unmatched experience, deep insights, and cutting-edge technology have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage. For over 70 years, they’ve led the way in defining the future of business solutions. ADP is proud to be named the 2023 Fortune® World's Most Admired Companies™ list again for 17 consecutive years.

Read more about them !
BMCC Meeting with Ricardo PLC
The BMCC recently had the opportunity to have a meeting with Rachel White, the Global President of Clean Energy and Environmental Solutions, Ricardo Plc.

It was an insightful meeting to understand Ricardo's plans in Malaysia and discuss avenues on how the Chamber could provide further support for their plans. 
Accompanying Rachel at the meeting were Annabel Bradbury, Director of International Business Strategy; Tom Buckland, Associate Director for Air Quality and Climate; and Leon Rosario, Regional President for ASEAN.

In attendance, alongside our CEO, Jennifer Lopez, were Yoong Hau Wei and Mohd Asyraf Shahar from our Public Affairs & Government Relations team. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Rachel for their invaluable time and a productive meeting. 
Meeting with Syaheeda Hasbullah of TalentCorp
It was great to catch up with Syaheeda Hasbullah, Deputy Vice President of and Malaysia Global Talent Group (MyLead) and Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) Secretariat. 
Our CEO, Jennifer Lopez and Yoong Hau Wei, Public Affairs and Government Relations Manager, had an engaging discussion on forging collaborations on International Chamber engagements, amplifying the reach of TalentCorp's initiatives among BMCC members, and fostering Industry-Government collaborations through BMCC's Committees and Networks.
BMCC at the Invest Selangor Hi-Tea and Networking Session
Thank you, Invest Selangor for having us at your Hi-Tea and Networking Session last Monday at Aloft KL Sentral.

It was an enlightening afternoon with Invest Selangor's Senior Directors sharing insights on their upcoming initiatives and events for 2024. These included the 4th Selangor Investment & industrial Park Expo (SPARK) and the 8th Selangor ASEAN Business Conference (SABC).

These key events by Invest Selangor are geared to position Malaysia as a Gateway to ASEAN and ambitiously aim to attract 400 international trade exhibitors. 

They further shared insights on incentives available for companies to set up business in the Managed Industrial Park, as well as strategic plans specific to S-DAICO and S-BIOCO.

The expositions will be held from 25 to 27 July 2024, so stay tuned!

The Chamber met with , Director of Investment Development Division for , and was represented by Shaayla, Business Development Manager and Asyraf Shahar, Public Affairs & Government Relations Officer.
BMCC at Champions of Change: Influencing Impact in Greater KL by InvestKL
We thank our member, InvestKL, for having us at your "" at Aloft Kuala Lumpur.

It was an enlightening event that connected and offered insights into the best practices of Sustainability Champions through their innovative strategies that empower communities.

InvestKL, as an experienced investment promotion agency, acknowledges the critical role of its investors in advancing Malaysia's sustainable agenda to meet the global standard. 

Dato , CEO of InvestKL highlighted the importance of innovative solutions and developing talent. 

Our member, AstraZeneca represented by , also took the stage to share about the focus shift toward preventative healthcare.
The event was a marvellous showcase of how the participating organisations could make lasting and transformative impacts on the lives of many communities in our country. 

Are you a BMCC Member with a passion for healthcare? We would love to have you join the BMCC Healthcare Committee - contact  to learn more!
Welcome to the New Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education!
We congratulate Yang Berbahagia Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang on his appointment as the Secretary-General for the Ministry of Higher Education.
We would also like to thank Yang Berbahagia Dato' Seri Abdul Razak Jaafar, the former Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education, for his contributions and service. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.
British High Commission | DNB My5G Portal Experience Centre at Exchange 106 @ TRX
On 8 February, the BMCC team had the opportunity to visit at Exchange 106 @ TRX, an event supported by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur. 

We were welcomed by Hafiznizam Hashim and Prem Menon from Digital Nasional Berhad, who, with their team, led us on a tour of their cutting-edge space. 
The centre was curated and designed to promote the usage of 5G in Malaysia and the adoption of fifth-generation wireless cellular technology. With the support of Ericsson, the centre provides an interactive and immersive environment for visitors to understand the potential and impact of 5G technology on enterprises, consumers, and society. 

To read more about the largest 5G experience centre in Malaysia, click !
XCL Education | REAL Kids Preschool Open Day on 24 February
Discover the world of REAL Kids at their highly anticipated Open Day!

Are you curious about what makes REAL Kids stand out from other educational institutions?

What academic outcomes can you expect when your child studies at REAL Kids?

What benefits your child will gain upon graduating from REAL Kids?
Join REAL Kids Preschool at their Open Day and have all your questions answered!

Date: 24 February 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Location: All REAL Kids centres (Except Salak South)

For more information, visit them !

Enrol your child NOW!
XCL Education | REAL Schools Shah Alam February Open Day
Attention parents seeking quality education at affordable prices! Visit REAL Schools Shah Alam this Open Day.

Date: Saturday, 24 Feb 2024
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm

  • Speak to passionate educators.
  • Explore innovative curriculum and the wide range of extra-curricular activities we offer.
  • Find out about their unique leadership programme.
 to secure your spot.

For any inquiries, contact their Admission team at 010-378 9050 or via email at .

For any inquiries or information, feel free to contact their Admission team at 010-378 9050 or via email at 
The Alice Smith School Foundation | Join Their Annual Fundraiser on 8 March
The Alice Smith School Foundation is thrilled to announce its yearly fundraiser event. It will be an evening of delicious food, live performances by the students, and a focus on their mission of transforming lives through education.

Date: Friday, 8 March 2024
Time: 6:30pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

This year, their special guest-of-honour will be His Highness Crown Prince of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, a former student of Alice Smith School.
Booking for tables of ten is available for a special early bird discount. Please contact to find out more. Don’t wait because tables are sure to start filling up quickly for this fantastic event.

Visit the foundation page !
Visit the event page !
Click for more information!
Malaysia Airlines | Enhancing Partnerships with MHplus Global Rollout
Malaysia Airlines Bhd has rolled out its New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform, MHplus, globally to enhance communication capabilities and closer cooperation between the airline and its trade partners in key markets.

On 22 January, MAS stated MHplus would be available in six countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, effective Jan 23, 2024.

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) chief executive officer of Airlines Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi said that since the inception of MHplus, its pilot partners have enjoyed unrestricted access to all available distribution channel content through modern retailing channels available on MHplus.

To read more, click !
Marlborough College Malaysia Shortlisted for Tes Awards for International Schools 2024
Congratulations to Marlborough College Malaysia for being shortlisted as a finalist for the first ever Tes Awards for International Schools. These awards highlight the most outstanding schools and teachers the global education community has to offer.

The shortlisted finalists have been selected by a panel of expert judges including school leaders, experts, and education researchers.

After rigorous judgement from a strict set of criteria, it has been revealed that Marlborough College Malaysia has been shortlisted for the International School of the Year award and Staff Wellbeing Initiative of the Year award. 

The winners will be announced on 25 April 2024 !
Marlborough College Malaysia | Admissions Event on 24 Feb
Register here!
Visit Marlborough College Malaysia for their Open Day on Saturday 24 February 2024 and discover a world-renowned education at a global top 125 school with award-winning academic results, boarding, and pastoral care. Take a tour of the expansive 90-acre campus that includes a lake and organic farm.

Event: Admissions Open Morning
Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
Time: 8.30am - 12 noon
Activpayroll | Happy One Year Anniversary!
Congratulations to our member Activpayroll on their one-year anniversary!

5 January 2024 marks the first anniversary since Andrew (Executive Director for APAC) and David (Chief People Officer) arrived in Malaysia to greet the latest additions to the Activpayroll team, who joined through acquisition in late 2022.
Subsequently, a multitude of new team members have joined their ranks as they underwent expansion, contributing to global initiatives and elevating the experience for both their customers and employees.

With their rapid growth, the need for an expanded workspace became evident, ensuring their teams have a work environment that instils genuine pride and belonging.

On 5 January, Manish (Regional Director - GSS) and Andrew had the honour of inaugurating their new Kuala Lumpur office, symbolizing the unity of their expanding team. This space goes beyond being a mere office; it is a canvas for creativity and collaboration. More than just activpayroll's APAC Headquarters and Global Support Service Center (GSS), it stands as their hub for collaboration and innovation, a powerhouse driving their endeavours forward!

Visit them for more information!
EQ Hotel | Golden Phoenix CNY Promotion
Known historically as one of Kuala Lumpur's finest, most popular Chinese restaurants, Golden Phoenix was an institution renowned for its Cantonese and Szechuan fare. The glory of Golden Phoenix is recreated every Lunar New Year with a special pop-up event where the classic dishes live on a glorious showcase of its signature creations, as well as newly-minted dishes and flavours. Make sure you make your bookings early for this yearly, exclusive Golden Phoenix pop-up restaurant. 

Dates: 29 January to 24 February 2024
Time: Lunch - 2pm to 3pm | Dinner - 6pm to 11pm

For bookings and reservations, contact EQ's dining reservations team at +60 12 278 9239
IDP Malaysia | Study Abroad Exhibition in March 2024
This March, accomplish your goals with IDP Education, the world’s largest international student placement company!

IDP is back with more options for you to study abroad. You name it, they've got it!

Kickstart your plans to study abroad by joining them at the IDP Study Abroad Exhibition March 2024.

Learn more !
IGB International School | IGBIS Scholarships 2024/25
Life-changing opportunities with IGBIS! 

IGB International School (IGBIS) extended to provide full academic scholarships and outstanding achievement partial scholarships. 
  • IBDP & IBCP Full Academic Scholarships for Grades 11 & 12
  • Outstanding Achievement Partial Scholarships for Grades 6 - 11

The scholarship application closes on 29 February 2024.
Find out more at their . Be part of an educational journey that shapes futures and nurtures excellence at IGBIS! 

IGB International School having 35 student nationalities, with state-of-the-art facilities and 92% of expatriate IB experienced teachers, is the only complete 4 IB continuum programme in Malaysia.
JLL | Kew Bridge Rise Property Exchibition in Penang
Join JLL for the Kew Bridge Rise Exclusive Property Exhibition in Penang
Date: 2 & 3 March 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Forum 1 & 2, Level 1, G Hotel Kelawai Penang
Indulge in luxury living and seize incredible investment opportunities.
For more details, kindly contact Shu Ling at 011-33011394.
Open for registration !
Knight Frank Malaysia | Malaysia Commercial Real Estate Investment Sentiment Survey (CREISS) 2024
The findings of CREISS include a close look at key players’ sentiments on market performance, sub-sector investment activity and factors impacting the market.
Download the full report
Or get in touch with their team:
, Executive Director, Research & Consultancy

, Senior Manager, Research & Consultancy
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur | Dragon in Full Swing: Lunar New Year Celebration
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur welcomes you to a majestic celebration as the Year of the Dragon unfolds in full swing. From 10 January to 24 February, immerse yourself in the captivating Lunar New Year festivities, blending tradition and modernity in a symphony of cultural richness and gastronomic delights.

 and visit their for more about what they have to offer.

For further enquiries
email at or call +6 03 2032 2388.

For dining reservations and inquiries, please contact us at +603 2032 2388 or email enquiries email at
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur | February and Valentine's Day Promotions!
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur invites you to a captivating "Celebration of Love" this Valentine's season with curated experiences that promise lasting memories in the heart of the city. From opulent getaways to culinary delights and refined treats, the Valentine's Day selections are destined to make hearts flutter.

Stay Package: Romantic Suite Escape 
Elevate your Valentine's Day with our "Romantic Suite Escape" package, available from 9 to 18 February 2024. Indulge in luxury and romance in the Premier Selection Suite, featuring a delightful breakfast for two and a blissful 90-minute Spa Couple Treatment.

Book now to secure your enchanting getaway for further enquiries email or call +6 03 2032 2388.

Arthur’s Bar & Grill: A Culinary Celebration of Love 
Experience an exquisite 5-course culinary symphony at Arthur's Bar & Grill on 14 February 2024.
For an enchanting Valentine's Day dining experience, reserve your table now at Arthur's Bar & Grill. For inquiries and dining reservations, please contact us at +603 2032 2388 or email
Lobby Lounge: Strawberry Afternoon Delight 
Indulge your Valentine in an unforgettable celebration of love and flavour. at the Lobby Lounge with the exclusive Strawberry Afternoon Delight, available from 1 to 29 February 2024.
For dining reservations and inquiries, please contact us at +603 2032 2388 or email enquiries email at

Lemon Garden 2GO: Sweet treats for your Valentine 
Lemon Garden 2Go invites you to sweeten your Valentine's Day celebrations with an exquisite array of love-infused goodies, available from 1 to 14 February 2024. Crafted with love and using only the finest ingredients, our offerings, starting from RM78 nett, guarantee a delightful experience.

Available at . For further enquiries email or call +603 2074 3900. 
St. John's International Primary School | February Open Day (17 to 23 Feb)
welcomes you to embark on a journey of knowledge and exploration. Their doors are buzzing with excitement, and they invite you to be a part of this adventure of education.

St. John's doors are always open to help you discover the joys of learning and visualise the extraordinary journey for every student. 
Join them on this inspiring voyage toward a brighter and more empowered future, where every step is a step toward success! 
St. John's International Secondary School | February Open Day
Exploring possibilities and savouring experiences. Taster Day 2024, where curiosity meets opportunity.

designed this week to provide a glimpse into their school's offerings, allowing participants to explore and make informed decisions.
Meet their faculty and staff to ask questions and gain insights into the academic environment. Explore the facilities, labs, and classrooms with them.

Visit their campus on 17–24 February to enjoy our exclusive activities and get a sense of what day-to-day life is like at their institution.
Archer Bahari | Welcome to the team, Dr. Jonathan Di Rollo and Billy Nabill!
Archer Bahari is thrilled to announce the newest additions to our esteemed team at Archer Bahari Executive Search – Dr. Jonathan Di Rollo and Billy Nabill.

Their wealth of experience and expertise will undoubtedly enhance their ability to provide specialised support to education institutions throughout Southeast Asia.
Their combined skills and passion for the education sector make Dr. Di Rollo and Mr. Nabill invaluable assets to their team. We are confident that their contributions will significantly strengthen Archer Bahari's ability to serve the unique needs of educational organisations across Southeast Asia.

We are excited about the positive impact Dr. Jonathan Di Rollo and Billy Nabill will have on their mission to connect exceptional educators with educational institutions seeking to thrive and excel whilst offering the very best learning experience to their students.

Archer Bahari is recognised for providing talent attraction solutions to world-class organisations across the region for over 12 years. With the addition of two specialised Consultants for the Education Sector, they continue to deliver on their commitment to provide expertise to their clients.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Di Rollo and Mr. Nabill. We look forward to the exciting journey ahead and the continued success of Archer Bahari Executive Search.

For further information, please contact Archer Bahari at +603 2935 0044 or email /
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