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  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 09:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    CoffeeWORKS supports Thailand’s emerging “Third Wave Coffee” market with Synesso espresso machines



    Source: nationmultimedia

    CoffeeWORKS, one of Thailand’s leading B2B coffee roasters and coffee-machine suppliers,has been appointed as the official Thailand distributor of Synesso artisan espresso machines made in Seattle, Washington USA.

    Commenting on the opportunity, Mr. Dale Lee, Co-Founder and Managing Director of CoffeeWORKS said, “Synesso is a world renown U.S. based manufacturer of high-spec espresso machines known for their unparalleled thermal stability, user friendliness, and reliability.  We are thrilled to be able to direct our company’s coffee industry passion toward representing Synesso products for Thailand’s emerging and important “Third Wave Coffee” market. Since 1995, CoffeeWORKS has been roasting coffee, selling equipment, and providing coffee training services for both leading coffee chains and small independent coffee shops throughout Thailand.”

    “With the addition of Synesso, CoffeeWORKS is keen to support coffee shop owners who are passionate and driven to bring out the peak flavour of their chosen espresso blends via Synesso’sadvanced espresso extraction capabilities.  The third wave coffee market is defined, in part, by a dedication to ultra-high quality in the cup via high scoring coffees extracted though temperature stable and barista controllable espresso machines.  Synesso was born out of this very desire to bring the most temperature stable commercial espresso machine to the market,” Mr. Lee continued.

    “Thailand counts a little over 3,000 coffee shops, making Thailand the largest coffee shop market in S.E. Asia.About 7%of these coffee shops are dedicated to third wave coffee offerings, but this emerging sector is starting to take off in Thailand.  Synesso will be a critically important pillar to support Thailand’s adoption of third wave coffee given Synesso’sproduct quality and strong position within third wave coffee markets globally.  Synesso espresso machines are available across three models: the Cyncra, MVP, and MVP Hydra.  A new compact Synesso,the S200, is being officially launched this week at the 2018 SCA Expo in Seattle, with global shipments set to follow in May,” said Mr. Lee.

     

    About Synesso

    Synesso was born of the desire to bring the most temperature stable commercial espresso machine to the market. This drive to innovate has never stopped. Owner and designer Mark Barnett’s ability to listen and and take action is a great strength, and this has become the backbone of the Synesso identity.  It is most evident in his designs and the many advances that Synesso continues to make. Our equipment literally gets better every day.  Mark and Co- Owner Sandy Schneiter have continued to wisely mete out growth and ensure that Synesso is both a company and a product that is respected throughout the world.

    Our team is made up of individuals with unique stories and strengths. Yet we all work seamlessly to build & distribute this exceptional espresso equipment that is proudly made in our small factory in Seattle, USA.  While we do not chase trends for their own sake, we listen acutely & respond to the needs of our customers.  Staying on the cutting edge of research and development, we work tirelessly to produce the most barista friendly, dependable, and responsive equipment on the market. Each machine is hand crafted to order by every member of the team. Originating with the customer request, a machine moves through sub-assembly, manufacturing, testing, and finishing with quality checks at each stage. Our goal is to continually achieve unsurpassed excellence.  A well-made espresso machine is the foundation of any great coffee experience at your local cafe.

    About CoffeeWORKS

    CoffeeWORKS pre-dated the boom in Thailand’s coffee shop sector.  Today CoffeeWORKS supplies both fresh-roasted coffee, Italian, German, and US engineered coffee machines, and training support services to almost 1,000 specialist coffee shop, restaurant, QSR (Quick Service Restaurant), hotel, and office locations throughout Thailand.


  • Friday, April 27, 2018 11:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    A Summary of the New Smart Visa




    Smart Visa Is a new 4-year visa for professionals aiming at entrepreneurs investing in new businesses, highly skilled professionals, or executives. The Thai government is hoping for knowledge transfer, business growth and long-term economic benefits.

    The commence for this application for the Smart Visa will begin on February 1st, 2018 on wards via BOI.


    Benefits for the SMART Visa Holder

    - Allows 4-year visa instead of the current one or two-year visa.

    -Does not require work permit

    -Gives dependents of legal spouse and children the right to live and work in Thailand equivalent to the Smart Visa holder.

    -Extends 90-day reporting to annual reporting.

    Targeted Industries

    1. First S-Curve Industries 

    -Next-generation Automotive

    -Smart Electronics

    -Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism

    -Agriculture and Biotechnology

    2. New S-Curve Industries

    -Food for the Future

    -Automation and Robotics

    -Aviation and Logistics

    -Biofuel and Bio-chemicals

    -Digital

    -Medical hub


    The Visa Applications are categorized into 5 different types followings:

    1. SMART T - Talent  Highly skilled professionals or Specialist in scientific fields where there is shortage.

    2. SMART I - Investor  for Individual investor

    3. SMART E - Executive  Company executives in a business that is in S-Curve industries.

    4. SMART S – Startup Investors in companies that are in S-CURVE industries

    5. SMART O- Others - Legal spouse and children of Smart Visa holder


    Reporting of smart visa holder 

    The annual reporting is essentially required for the Smart Visa holder. The required information is needed to be up-to-date after visa is granted.

    Smart Visa Center in Bangkok

    Jamjuri Building Floor 18th, No. 318, Payathai Rd, Pathumwan sub-district, Pathumwan district, Bangkok 10330

    For more information 02 209 1100, ext. 1109 - 1110 or 

    Email : smartvisa@boi.go.th


  • Wednesday, April 04, 2018 14:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Mazars continues developing its digital services in partnership with all-in-one HR solutions provider, HReasily



    From Left to Right

    •     Jonathan Fryer, Accounting and Payroll Outsourcing Services Partner, Mazars Thailand
    •     Rob Hurenkamp, Managing Partner, Mazars Thailand
    •     Pascal Henry, CEO, HReasily

    Thailand – (3 April 2018) – Mazars Thailand, an international, integrated, and independent organization, specializing in audit, accountancy, tax, legal, and advisory services, is pleased to announce its partnership with Singapore-based company, HReasily, which provides a human resources solutions platform across Asia.

    In its ongoing effort to improve client services, Mazars Thailand set out to find a comprehensive HR that could serve clients of all sectors and sizes in one place. The perfect partner to develop such solutions was found in HReasily. This partnership allows Mazars to introduce cloud-based HR-compliance and payroll solutions on a single platform to both Thai and regional markets.

    The relationship between Mazars and HReasily was a synergistic one with multiple benefits, including:

    •     Efficiency: The ability to provide an HR management system that offers payroll services as well as managing the employee database, new hires, leavers, leave, timesheets, expense claims and document storage.
    •     Multi-country coverage: It enables Mazars to provide regional payroll services on a single platform, covering Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia.
    •    Ease-of-use: Payroll reports, statutory returns, pay slips and leave information will be available to the client and its employees online or via a mobile application.
    •   Seamless integration: HReasily is seamlessly integrated with Xero accounting software. Output is recorded as an accounting entry each month and posted directly into Xero.

    This customer-focused application makes it easier for companies to manage their workforces. With the recent government initiative to bolster SMEs in 10 provinces with a 3.81 billion baht pilot project, there is a strong demand for human resources solutions that are flexible enough to accommodate growth and expansion, both within Thailand and regionally. This new collaboration offers an agile technology platform that will enable SMEs to adapt as their workforce grows.

    Jonathan Fryer, Partner at Mazars, says, “HReasily’s cutting-edge technology, geographic footprint, and partner ecosystem are highly complementary to the payroll and HR expertise we have across the region. This exciting collaboration reinforces our commitment to provide our international clients with best-in-class, cloud-based solutions.”

    About us:

    Mazars is an international, integrated, and independent organization, specializing in audit, accountancy, tax, legal, and advisory services. Operating in 86 countries, the firm draws on the expertise of over 20,000 professionals to assist owner-managed businesses, international corporate organizations, and blue-chip companies at every stage of their development. For more information, please visit www.mazars.com  

    About Mazars in Thailand:

    Mazars in Thailand is a leading, accounting, audit, tax, legal, and advisory practice comprised of over 200 professionals. The practice has Thai, British, Dutch, Japanese, Australian, and Korean nationals among its senior advisers, which ensures that the company is well placed to function as a bridge between businesses operating in Thailand and related companies overseas.  For more information, please visit www.mazars.co.th

    About HReasily:

    HReasily is a cloud-based all-in-one HR solution that enables business owners to automate workflow processes and increase productivity.

    Founded in Singapore in late 2015, HReasily’s team has grown to become one of the leading HR solutions providers in Asia. For more information on HReasily and its products, visit www.hreasily.com


  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Office Landlords Adopting Technology for Competitiveness

    Technology is rapidly changing how people work.  These changes are going to redefine how businesses will structure themselves to use these new technologies. According to CBRE, the leading international real estate advisor, there are several key areas that technology is significantly changing the workplace, and as a result the workplace strategies that occupiers implement.  These technologies include the increase of mobile technology, automation, cloud based technology and the use of artificial intelligence to manage information.

    On March 28th, CBRE hosted the 2018 Bangkok Landlord Office Symposium for 100 leading office landlords with special panelists including the landlord of the most expensive office space in Bangkok, Mr. Fafuen Temboonkiat, Managing Director of Gaysorn Property; Mr. Eric Bui, Head of Operations, Shopee Thailand, the fast growing e-commerce occupier; and CBRE industry experts Mr. Nithipat Tongpun, Head of Advisory and Transaction Services – Office, Thailand and workplace strategist Mr. Shobhit Choubey, Director of Workplace Strategy, Singapore. The panel discussed on how technology will redefine the workplace and why landlords must prepare now. 

    Mobile technology is enabling flexibility in how and where employees work, which is reshaping the way that companies plan for headcount and space requirements since employees no longer need a fulltime fixed desk in the company office.  As fixed desks are becoming increasingly less necessary, company workplace strategies are shifting towards more activity based workplaces that are open, collaborative, flexible, and provide more efficient use of office layouts that are optimized in less space.  These workspaces are focused on driving connectivity and accessibility within the workplace that break down traditional office hierarchies in favor of a more direct and flat organizational structure.

    More progressive landlords are also beginning to provide flexible space solutions to tenants including co-working space of their own while others are including co-working space as part of their tenant mix.  18,000 square meters from international co-working space operators are expected to be opened in Bangkok in 2018.  Other forms of flexible space landlords are beginning to include are bookable common rooms for meetings and events, and flexible lease terms.

    Mr. Nithipat stated, “We are not talking only tech firms anymore, we are seeing other industries using technology solutions in their workplace strategies such as consumer products, automotive, legal, and accounting companies.  They are using modern workplace strategies to attract and retain talent by increasing the flexibility and efficiency in the way their employees can work.”  The impact on landlords will vary depending on the composition of their portfolios and the locations and conditions of the office space they currently provide.  As the needs of occupiers evolve, the user experience will be a key focus. 

    The spread of artificial intelligence and automation in the workplace is increasingly replacing many clerical jobs both on the front end and backend offices of companies as companies implement cloud based solutions coupled with artificial intelligence to manage and analyze information and systems.  While the number of staff may decline, the skillset of employees will become more specialized and as a result more competitive to attract and retain.  Implementation of cloud solutions is also reducing the need for space and staff to maintain physical files as most information is entered and stored online in the cloud which makes it accessible and filed without the need for manual organization.

    Artificial intelligence is not only being implemented by occupiers but is also being implemented by landlords to monitor buildings through smart sensors that are capable of tracking and controlling everything happening within the building with quicker and more efficient response times than humans.  The internet of things is linking smart buildings with both landlords and tenants enabling the most comfortable, efficient, and convenient solutions between the buildings and the people who occupy and manage them.

    Flexibility and integration via smart building technologies will be key areas that tenants are looking for as workplace strategies become more connected and mobile.  Mr. Choubey commented, “Decreasing front and back office head counts and greater mobility in the workforce will reshape demand for the amount, types, and quality of workspace that occupiers need.  Landlords must act now to ensure they remain competitive.  CBRE Research believes that it is essential for landlords to engage tenants at an early stage, whenever possible, in planning, to understand their customers’ office needs and the technology they require in the smart buildings of the future.”

    Technology is impacting offices and workplace strategy at every level from the enhanced mobility of the individual employee and how that affects the space needs of companies. This ultimately impacts the solutions that landlords must be able to provide, both in building tech and space solutions, to serve this changing demand. 


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  • Monday, March 26, 2018 09:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    Celebrate A Memorable moment At Tables Grill, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok




    Tables Grill at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is honored to have received a ‘Michelin Plates’ award and be listed in the first edition of the Michelin Bangkok guide book, which describes Tables Grill as, “characterized by good cooking with fresh ingredients, capably prepared, and simply a good meal.”

    As well as being a restaurant, Tables Grill is also the ideal venue for hosting truly memorable functions.  Exuding contemporary elegance and designed by the renowned interior designer Toni Chi, Tables Grill offers unparalleled sophisticated space, impeccable dining area and two stunning private rooms enhanced by signature table-side cuisine, the finest wine selection, bespoke cocktails and personalized care.

    Looking to plan a private event, corporate meeting, birthday celebration, private wine tasting or simply an intimate dining get-together?

    Tables Grill consists of three areas.  The main area offers seamless arrangements, exquisite dining and exclusivity. This is great for private functions, parties, baby showers, private dining, social functions, corporate events and meetings, and can accommodate up to 100 guests.

    Chamber – an elegant private room with sophisticated design that is ideal for an exclusive and upscale function. Chamber accommodates up to 12 guests and it is perfect for an intimate reception where VIPs and discerning guests can host private celebrations or gatherings, or simply privately wine and dine.

    Cellar - offers a contemporary ambience ideal for 32 guests and it is perfect for upscale entertaining, intimate gatherings, sparkling parties, engagement, birthday celebration and baby showers.

    If you are interested in hosting your private event, please contact our event specialist team on +662 254 1234 or email events.bangh@hyatt.com


  • Monday, March 19, 2018 13:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok Joining Good France 2018




    We are pleased to announce that The District Grill Room & Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit will be a part of Good France 2018 on Wednesday, 21 March 2018.

    Good France or Goût de France is an event organized by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Chef Alain Ducasse. On 21 March, chefs from over 3,000 restaurants and 150 embassies over 5 continents will celebrate French gastronomy together for a meal in a healthy and earth-friendly way. Every year, Good France or Goût de France reveals French cuisine made with natural, seasonal product from various regions in France. For 2018, Goût de France will be paying tribute to the late 3 Star Michelin Chef Paul Bocuse.

    As we participate in this vital event, we proudly present delightful dishes created by our talented Chef Christian Caluwaert, drawing inspiration from Chef Alain Ducasse. In his 10 years of professional experience in Europe, Chef Christian had the privilege to work in many Michelin star restaurants such as L’Orangerie in Belgium, Hostellerie de Levernois in France and also Le 39V in France. During his tenure at these restaurants, he also had the opportunity to work with some of the legendary names in the industry such as Chef Alain Ducasse and Chef Frédéric Vardon.

    The appealing menu features starters as Cheese Gougere, Dover Sole Goujonnette and Snail Cromesquis. For the main dishes, there will be Egg Cocotte with Morels Mushrooms, Spring Asparagus and Foie Gras shaves as well as Charolais Beef Filet Mignon with potato Dauphine and Cream young spinach leaves. We also offer French cheese Platter, before you finish your wonderful dinner with Opera Valrhona French Dark Chocolate. 


  • Monday, March 19, 2018 09:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Launches New EnerGy Fitness Centre



    Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is delighted to announce the launch of its new EnerGy Fitness Centre. Guests at the chic hotel can now keep up their healthy lifestyle and fitness regime while away from home at a larger and completely revamped gym.

    The fitness facility now includes top quality Technogym-equipped lined with dumbbell racks, cross trainers, treadmills, free weights and much more. EnerGy’s professional fitness instructors also offer a wide range of group classes such as Thai boxing, yoga, Pilates, cross training, and one-to-one personal training sessions.

    EnerGy membership is also offered for anybody who is looking to get back on track with varied durations. Members of the new EnerGy Fitness Centre will also benefit from use of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Following an invigorating workout, they can relax at the pool bar and enjoy either healthy dietaries or a selection of cheat-day meal, you choose!

    Located on the hotel’s 5th floor, EnerGy Fitness Centre is open daily from 8AM – 10PM.


  • Friday, March 16, 2018 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    Market-leading contribution to hotel revenue earns SiteMinder a gold Top hotel Star Award




    The value of revenue growth to an industry rife with increasing competition has this week been recognised at the 2018 Top hotel Star Awards held in Hamburg, Germany. The esteemed program presented one of its highest honours – the Gold Award for the category of ‘Hotel Sales Promotion’ – to the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, for the material impact felt by hotel users of its holistic suite of guest acquisition solutions.

    Responsible for generating 72.6 million hotel bookings and over €19.22 billion in hotel revenue in 2017, SiteMinder’s solutions include the hotel industry’s most widely-adopted channel manager, a hotel website creator and direct booking engine, real-time pricing intelligence, and a connection to the worldwide network of travel agents. The Gold Award marks the company’s fourth consecutive Top hotel Star Award win, as voted by the editors and readers of Germany’s most widely-circulated trade publication, Top hotel.

    Speaking on the goal of the awards program, Top hotel editor Thomas Karsch says, “When hotel residents review a stay in a hotel, they first think of friendliness and readiness to provide service … facilities and equipment are frequently unnoticed or presumed.”

    The past year has seen SiteMinder’s hotel customer base grow to more than 28,000 globally, supported by deals with a number of renowned hotel chains – including Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, Pestana Hotel Group, TFE Hotels and Imlauer Hotels – that have presence in Germany and the broader DACH region. Local independent hotels have also benefited from using SiteMinder’s platform, such as Hotel & Gasthof zum Hirsch, a 128-year-old boutique property which enhanced its presence online to grow direct bookings by more than 18 percent and lower bounce rates on its hotel website.

    SiteMinder’s regional manager – DACH, Clemens Fisch, who accepted the award Sunday, says, “It is humbling for SiteMinder to be recognised in such an established, innovative hotel industry as Germany’s. This win is testament to the immeasurable role of technology in driving the acquisition of guests for hotels, effectively and affordably, and we are delighted to provide this role for hoteliers in Germany and around the world.”

    The annual Top hotel Star Award program recognises suppliers from 14 other categories, including hotel design, food & beverage, and service. Around 100 suppliers were nominated this year to attract more than 4,300 votes in total.


  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 15:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Do you want your children to fly higher?




    Begin your child’s journey to success at Shrewsbury’s renowned Riverside campus, one of South East Asia’s leading international schools. With an exceptional record of academic excellence and world-class exam results, education at Shrewsbury opens the door to top universities around the world. 

    However, we do more than help students achieve their academic potential. We provide outstanding opportunities outside the classroom, combined with unparalleled support for every student, equipping them with the skills, resilience and passion to thrive at university and beyond. 

    For more stories, please visit ; http://www.shrewsbury.ac.th/step-up-to-year-7.


  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 09:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd wins another award




    V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd. is a member of international household relocation associations.

    At the Asian Relocation Association (ARA) annual conference held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from March 5th to 7th, we were honoured to receive the “Green Award” for our continuing efforts to operate in an environmental preservation manner.

    The award was presented by Mr Sudeep Shah, President of ARA, to our Deputy Managing Director, Ms Tatsuran Rungrassamee, as one of the highlights of the Annual Conference.

    The award was based on the following criteria:

    1. Waste water

    2. Elimination of dust

    3. Lighting standards in the work place

    4. Reduction of noise

    5. Disposal of packing and chemical trash

    6. Re-cycling of wooden cases, cardboard cartons, and paper wrappings.

    This award is in recognition of our commitment to eliminate waste, such as using our specialized machine to use waste timber to create new timber planks. This just makes good business cost savings.

    Every year the local authority comes to our warehouse to check all criteria above mentioned to ensure that we are within the set standards,

    Moreover, we are also members of Euromovers who honoured V. Pack & Move (Bangkok) Co., Ltd. with their award for "Excellence" at the conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, last year.


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