COBCOE Awards 2017 launched

COBCOE Awards montageCOBCOE Awards 2017 are now open for entries. There are two categories of award:

  • Chamber of the Year Awards for COBCOE members, and
  • Make Europe Work!® Awards for businesses that belong to either COBCOE members or COBCOE affiliate organisations based in the UK

Both sets of Awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 27 April at the Ironmongers' Hall in London. See event details.



The Chamber of the Year Awards recognise the talent and expertise within our network with awards for excellence in five categories. The overall winner is named 'Chamber of the Year' with another award for 'Best Small Chamber'.

The awards for excellence categories are events management, membership development, trade development, corporate social responsibility and digital communications.



Introduced in 2015, these awards celebrate businesses that have demonstrably made Europe work for them. The two categories are:

– Trade Development in European Markets, and

– Breakthrough Trade

Companies can be nominated either by COBCOE member chambers across Europe or by COBCOE affiliate chambers and associations based in the UK. (A company must be a member of the chamber nominating them.) The winners will be decided by a vote among COBCOE members.

The Development in European Markets award is to recognise a company that has grown its international business across the region, while Breakthrough Trade is for a significant growth in a particular market.

Last year, TransferWise, a fintech start-up nominated by the British Estonian Chamber of Commerce won the Make Europe Work! Award for Trade Development in European Markets. The firm uses an online peer-to-peer platform to match currency buyers and sellers, reducing the costs associated with foreign exchange transactions.

The Breakthrough Trade Award went to AHDB Beef and Lamb, a division of the UK's Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, nominated by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce. After an imaginative, long-term campaign in partnership with the chamber, British lamb has gone from a niche product to a supermarket staple.

Jean-Pierre Garnier, Head of AHDB Exports, said "The award is important for us. It's a measure of the collaboration between the farming and food sectors, and the network of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce."

See the COBCOE Awards pages for more information 

Download entry documents:

COBCOE Chamber of the Year Awards

COBCOE Make Europe Work!® Business Awards


Make Europe Work! Awards are sponsored by London City Airport, the closest airport to the City of London, just 22 minutes from Bank station.

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If you are interested in sponsoring a COBCOE award for excellence, please contact

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