New: Brunei business directory

Hi,

there is something new on Expat.com!

We designed a new section dedicated to the companies of Brunei and their services: the Brunei business directory.

Professionals can now present their activity on Expat.com. We offer them two ways of doing it :

> a simple listing, with phone number and address. For free.

> a "premium" listing with a logo, description + a dedicated page with a complete description of their services and products (with pictures, localization on a map). For a reasonable price per year, payable online.

We will now be able to respond to companies' demands in terms of visibility on https://www.expat.com. We also hope this will meet your expectations since you will have access to a list of all the companies offering products and services to expatriates in Brunei.

Do you think that section is a good idea?

Please do not hesitate to post your thoughts and comments!

Thanks,

Julien

I think this would be a great idea! Most ex-pats are used to using the internet to source and access a range of services and service providers; the 'shopping online' thing is second nature to us. However, here it's not - and this was a real frustration to me when I first got here! NO BUSINESSES seem to have a website - and if they do, they are not updated and maintained, even the government ones!! (Case in point: have you tried looking at the Brunei Tourism website? Still has LAST YEAR's calendar of events up. And the BruHomes website - the place to look for properties to buy/rent - has listings on there dating back to 2008!!!)

I ended up discovering many of the products and services I needed either by accident - by simply wandering around commercial areas to see what was what - or by word of mouth, from colleagues and other locals.

Brunei seems to still see itself as one big 'kampong' - and to that end, the old 'word of mouth' means of doing business and advertising your services is still viewed as the best way, it seems, by many businesses. They just don't bother to advertise themselves or make their products/services available online, because they assume their customers won't seek for them that way - and, where the local population is concerned, they may be right.

But the ex-pat community don't opertae that way: they WOULD like some sort of online directory, definitely. What you'd have to do is convince the local businesses that it's in their ineterests to go down this route! ;)

Dear Julien,

I am from Baku, Azerbaijan. Thank you for this information,cause this is possible now to find out job in Brunei,not only to wait for job-news.
I was ill-cancer for 12 years, I left by this reason Sclumberger oil company in 1998. one year how I became healthy, and just now I begin to look for the job that to continue my activity. i am an Engineer-Economist with Honours Diploma. I want to live in Brunei,and met your message. Thank you,and have a great week-end!

Mery.

Hear hear! Tq emmarooney You have just hit the nail on the head! LOL....
Interestingly there is a considerable PR community doing small business for generations,their setup don't seem much but from their way of living and from what I hear they are for the most part the "millionaires next door"!
Locals know where to find them when they need their services,and they never need much of the new overseas market,if they did they wouldn't have survived.

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