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Issue #286 - 17 Jan 2022

Dear Badtrieshah,
Launch of Business Excellence Awards 2022!
At the recently concluded New Year's Drinks event, the Chamber ecstatically launched the Business Excellence Awards 2022! After a 2 year hiatus, the flagship event returns to honor British and Malaysian brands and personalities who have made strides to progress the business and trade landscape, across different industry and scale. This year, the grandeur event will take place at Sunway Hotel & Resort on 26th May 2022.

The Awards offer a heightened standard of recognition, excellence and progress to acknowledge the bilateral achievements and success. Some of the past winners include renowned brands, such as Sports Direct, Tesco Stores, YTL Corp, Sunway Medical Center, PwC, Capital DK and Dyson Manufacturing. This year, we are opening up a grand total of seven (7) Award categories with three (3) new editions: Technology & Innovation, Outstanding ESG and Export Excellence - offering a wider playing field for any and all brands seeking an accolade for their efforts in the past years.

List and brief of each Award are as follows:

The pinnacle achievement at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards; this award recognises a British company investing in Malaysia 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 business; bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.

The outstanding Partnership Award goes to an individual, team or company that has successfully partnered with a UK or Malaysian counterpart. 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.

The outstanding award goes to a UK higher or further education institution that has partnered with Malaysian organisation(s) to deliver significant impact in the last 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; capitalising on the best of UK & Malaysia expertise through a seamless partnership.

This award recognises companies of all sizes, across all industries that have shown their commitment to developing a diverse workforce. This award recognises organisations that have effective strategy, policies and programs with an ongoing commitment to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

This award is given to an organisation that have 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 two years.

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

This award recognises a UK company exporting to Malaysia or a Malaysian company exporting to the UK, having displayed a stellar track record of exports to the opposite country, bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.

Nominations for each Awards are open now! To learn more, click here

Follow us on our social media platforms to stay updated on this prestigious event.
BMCC | New Year's Drinks
Our first physical networking event of the year was a success! The New Year's Drinks was held at Royal Selangor Visitor Center on 13 January 2022 and was attended by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E Charles Hay MVO, BMCC Chairman Abrar A. Anwar alongside members and prospects alike.
The night started off with a welcome message from BMCC Chairman Abrar A. Anwar where he touched on overcoming the setbacks of the pandemic and how the year 2022 offers a great platform for recovery for both industries and businesses alike - with the Chamber playing a pivotal role as a facilitator through high-level engagements and advocacy. Chairman rounded up his message with wishing a safe, successful and rewarding 2022 to all in attendance.
Right after, the Chamber handed out an appreciation plaque to Mr David Ng of International SOS - who stepped down from his active role within the Chamber's Board. Jennifer Lopez, BMCC Chief Executive Officer thanked him for his commitment, effort and contribution after 10 years of active participation and wished him well in future endeavors.

To end the night - British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E Charles Hay MVO gave a short message reemphasizing the need to rebound and recover, on top of reassuring the importance of bilateral ties between British and Malaysia and new growth areas such as green technology and digital economy.
As a wrap up, H.E Charles Hay led the toast to the new year and the night continued with splendid food, beverages and networking opportunities.
Last but not least, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all that joined us and we look forward to the next one!
British Chambers of Commerce | BCC Monthly Economic Review for January 2022
The BCC's January Monthly Economic Review is an analysis of the key domestic and international economic indicators for business and industries alike.

This month's headlines:

  • UK GDP growth slows in October as industrial and construction output falls
  • Omicron and Plan B weakening economic activity as consumer caution increases
  • Interest rates increase for the first time since 2018 as UK inflation reaches a decade high

For ease of reading, we have included a PDF version and a Word version as per links.
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Updated Isolation and Quarantine Period for COVID-19 Positive Cases & their Close Contacts
The Ministry of Health updated the isolation and quarantine period required for COVID-19 positive cases and their close contacts depending on their vaccination status, including booster dose. The new quarantine period will be effective by 16 January as in the infographic below. The ministry also continues to requests for those eligible for the booster dose to accept the appointments which will be provided via MySejahtera.

The full media statement by the Ministry of Health in Bahasa Malaysia. - The unofficial translation of the media statement by the Ministry of Health in English.
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MITI Seeks Information of Flood-affected Manufacturers
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is in the midst of collating data and information from those in the manufacturing industry who have been affected by the recent floods. If your operations have been affected, please fill in the online form before 25 January 2022.
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Ernst & Young Global Limited | EY Asean Finance Executive Forum 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented period of uncertainty. As companies in ASEAN transform themselves in a post-pandemic world, finance leaders have an opportunity to reframe a new future for their finance function and continue to drive a culture of innovation.

In this webinar, EY will discuss how finance leaders can chart a robust strategy to reframe the finance function, help the business deliver long-term value and continue to drive a culture of innovation in a post-pandemic world.

Date: 20 January 2022, Thursday
Time: 10am to 11:45am (GMT+8)
Register Now
Jentaya Sustainables | IPMUDA Berhad has renamed to Jentayu Sustainables Berhad
IPMUDA Berhad “IPMUDA” or “the Group” is pleased to announce that its shareholders have approved the change of its company name from IPMUDA Berhad to Jentayu Sustainables Berhad during its 46th Annual General Meeting AGM, which was conducted today on a fully virtual basis.

After the AGM, IPMUDA’s Executive Chairman, Datuk Hj. Beroz Nikmal Mirdin commented, with the approval of our name change, this represents a significant step forward as it will better reflect the company’s diversification into new businesses as we explore more strategic opportunities in the sustainability space particularly for renewable energy and healthcare sectors.
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Royal Selangor | 2022 Year of the Tiger
Largest and most distinctive member of the cat species, the tiger pervades the folklore of the ancient world, no less in East Asia's, where its fierce beauty and hunting prowess connotes attributes like courage, ambition and leadership. The third sign in the oriental zodiac’s 12-year cycle, the tiger shows its stripes in our Year of the Tiger 2022 edition.

Unmistakeable in inspiration and undeniably contemporary, Royal Selangor’s design for this new zodiac cycle is driven by its origin myth of the Great Race.

Prowl into the Year of the Tiger with Royal Selangor. Inspired by the myth of the Great Race, the collection exhibits the tiger’s fierce beauty and hunting prowess, connoting attributes like courage, ambition and leadership.

For more information:

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Veritas Design Group | Winner of Priority Integration Sector (Sustainability) in ASEAN Business Awards 2021
Congratulations to our member, Veritas Design Group winner of the ASEAN Business Awards 2021 under the Priority Integration Sector Sustainability.

The ASEAN Business Awards were launched in 2007 by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to give recognition to enterprises that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy. Relevant and valued aspects and performance of the VERITAS Design Group were taken into consideration to ensure they meet the stringent standards of the ABA evaluation process.
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Jersey Finance | Exploring Global Attitudes to Islamic Finance Wealth Management
Join the discussion with Faizal Bhana, Director of Middle East, African and India for Jersey Finance alongside Julia Charlton, Chairman of Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce as they explore the recently published research paper, Global Attitudes to Islamic Wealth Management.

The research paper compiles the attitudes to private wealth, fiduciary planning and succession by Muslim families as well as providing unique insights into the evolving needs of high-net worth Muslims and highlights what private wealth managers and financial services providers need to do to meet the growing demand.

Date: 20 January 2022, Thursday
Time: 6pm (GMT+8)
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British High Commission Kuala Lumpur | Senior Trade Manager- Clean Growth, C4(L)
The Department for International Trade in Malaysia is looking to appoint a Senior Trade Manager for Clean Growth. - helping UK companies to do business mainly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Applications welcome before midnight this coming on Sunday 23 January.
Apply Now
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