Hello from the flight deck
2016 proved to be a year of growth. We saw an expansion and revamp of our Oxford office, the organization’s HQ. Our team in Kuala Lumpur also moved out of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) that had been our home since 2013 and moved into newer, larger and brighter offices close by. Increasingly our KL office is taking responsibility for not only supporting our Malaysia clients but is acting as a regional hub for our South East Asian and China business. In February our HQ team will work from our KL office to support our engagement with the Vietnamese and Chinese markets. A huge thank you to TECM’s team and team leaders in KL, Arshad, Farhana and Ekin for their hard work.
2016 proved to be a good year for our consultancy business, with projects taking place in the Food and Beverage (F&B), Fashion and Lifestyle and the healthcare sector.
Food and Beverage (F&B)
In terms of our clients, we completed our work on behalf of Dewina Food Industries (DFI) in the US market. Stage one saw the development of an online platform optimised for the US market with an e-commerce function to allow product sales in USD with the product being delivered via a US distributor. Stage two of the project saw us move the product onto the Amazon platform where we achieved more sales in one week than we had on the DFI platform in one month. The third stage saw us secure Non GMO status for DFI’s products in the US and secure warehousing, distributors, brokers as well as potential stockists to assist them to sell through physical retail outlets in the US.
Fashion and Apparel (F&A)
Our work in the Fashion and Apparel sector continued unabated. We not only made an investment in one of our client’s businesses but also began work with the amazing Sugarscarf brand designing their UK market entry strategy. At the time of writing we are helping them diversify their product range in the UK market.
Further investments were made in either cash or equity in the fantastic KUEM range and a skin care product that we are very excited about… but can’t really discuss here. Finally we were contracted in by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council to undertake work on heightening the brand visibility of Malaysia as a healthcare tourist destination of choice.
I would like to especially thank Eurasia principals Sean, Huyen, Esmee, Kelvin, Tim for their hard work in support of these projects in 2016.
Our programs division went from strength to strength in 2016, welcoming clients from Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, the US to name a few. It also ran programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. Thanks to our program’s manager Ms Laura Ichim and assistant Xi Lan and team for their sterling work throughout the year.
As the company has grown so has the team and we welcomed Miss Huyen Pham as principal, Huyen is the first Vietnamese national to work at The Eurasia Consortium and is tasked with helping us develop the Vietnamese market. Ms Sacha Newall and Ms Esmee Quinton have joined our Fashion and Lifestyle division to take care of the work and investments we have made in this sector and grow this aspect of our business. As the China market increases in importance for us, Ms Maggie Mao has come back to The Eurasia Consortium as our China Liaison Officer. Maggie is based in Shanghai.
Finally we sadly said goodbye to Miss Zulalina Binti Mahmood, who after working for The Eurasia Consortium for four years as Business Development Director (EU-Asia) has decided to embark on her own entrepreneurial journey and start her own business. We wish her all the best of luck with this endeavour.
To conclude, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all our talented staff for their hard work and our clients for choosing us. We hope 2017 will be an amazing year for you all.
Dr Stuart Kewley
Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Eurasia Consortium