BDM have just returned from the City that gave us the Beatles and Bill Shankly after being shortlisted for the UKTI 'Open to Export' Award for Best Action Plan. Whilst it all sounds a bit 'Civil Service', the process of developing an Action Plan has really helped concentrate minds back at BDM as we seek to make inroads into South East Asia and more particularly Vietnam.
So to hear that from a field of over 100 businesses , we were shortlisted in the top ten was a great spin off. We didn't win but both presenting 'Dragons Den' style and meeting lots of interesting businesses making their initial forays into the international markets, was a very worthwhile experience.
Good publicity is another spin off to the extent that we understand the Vietnamese Ambassador has expressed interest in our initiative, recognising the importance of good leadership and management skills in business if the country is to benefit from the ASEAN initiative.