Britain’s Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Ian Gibbons, was Guest of Honour at a Vietnam-UK Network lunch kindly sponsored by Prudential PLC in London on 2 April. The host was Matt Cavanagh, Prudential’s Director of Group Government Relations. The dozen or so guests were all members of the Network, representing a wide range of sectors including healthcare, IT, infrastructure and Scotch whisky. As the senior Representative in Vietnam of the Department for International Trade (DIT) Ian was ideally placed to give an update on the state of the bilateral trade and investment relationship, and to discuss the potential for future business in those sectors of most interest to those present. Our thanks to Prudential for their generous hospitality and to Ian for making time for the Network just hours before returning to Vietnam.