Window into Europe Autumn 2015

Have your say on the future of Europe

Evolving Europe thought leadership project

The Evolving Europe project is giving businesses a voice on how Europe needs to change to improve growth, competitiveness and the ease of doing business. Launched in the summer, the project s now changing gear as the research phase is comes to an end and the debates begin.
What EU reforms would you like to see?
We value your opinions. Use the link below to complete the online questionnaire. 


The debates shown below and the research will feed into a white paper to be published at the end of the year. 

The London Debate, 11 November

Confirmed panellists include: Jaqueline Minor, the European Commission’s Head of Representation in the UK; Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist (Moderator); Sir Thomas Harris, Chairman, European Services Forum; and Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe.


The Brussels Debate, 17 November

This is being organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium – details to follow.


Cyprus-UK Business Forum

Cyprus-UK Business Forum

There are some spaces left for this high-level event which COBCOE is supporting. Leading figures from the UK-Cyprus business community will present the opportunities as the region develops into an energy hub, while Cyprus itself offers key advantages as an international business centre. HE Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus is a confirmed speaker. Attendance is free of charge.



International Festival for Business 2016

Last year's event attracted 68,000 delegates from 92 countries. Next year's event will build on this success, taking place in the newly opened Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The COBCOE Make Europe Work!® Trade Conference takes place on 14 June – click here for details.

If you, your members or clients are interested in attending, now is the time to start planning. If you would like to register your interest in bringing a delegation from outside the UK, or need help organising one, please contact Anne-Marie Martin, COBCOE Chief Executive.
Download the IFB brochure here
Register with the IFB Business Club here


From our members in Western Europe

When it comes to doing business in established European markets, COBCOE chambers are there to help.

Vienna Taste of Britain 2014A Welcoming network in Austria

Austro-British Chamber of Commerce
Now promoting 'Taste of Britain' in Vienna, January 2016 – sales opportunities for the food and drink sector in the CEE region


Golden Bridge Awards 2015Success is rewarded in Belgium

British Chamber of commerce in Belgium 
A wide range of support services and events, including the 2015 Golden Bridge trade awards in London in November


FBCCI CarsPromoting Franco-British business

Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Founded in 1973, Europe's oldest British chamber is leading the way in digital communications


BCCG Summer Reception BerlinExtensive Network in Germany 

British Chamber of Commerce in Germany
The largest chamber in the COBCOE network supports British-German trade through 10 regional committees


Luxembourg European Court of Justice Targeting business groups in Luxembourg

British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg – As the leading English-language business forum, events and services are highly targeted for this market


Netherlands windmillsPartners in trade between the UK and Netherlands 

Netherlands-British Chamber of Commerce
This chamber was established more than 100 years ago, now focusing on providing connections, insights, support and representation.


Switzerland, Zurich 95 years strengthening British-Swiss relations

British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating a milestone and seeing how tradition inspires change for a fresh approach to member engagement



First AIG events cover technology, ethics and business

The first of a series of events to be held by AIG, a COBCOE strategic partner, in cooperation with member chambers took place earlier this month in Scandinavia.

The theme for the first event, co-organised with the British Swedish Chamber in Stockholm, was ‘Risks of the new economic age – how technology is changing the rules for business leaders. The event was moderated by Ravi Mattu, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor of the Financial Times, with Kathy Avery, Major Loss Adjuster in Financial Lines Claims at AIG, and David Mothander, Google’s Nordic Policy Counsel, on the panel.
‘Doing Ethical Business: How some companies get it right (and wrong)’ was organised with the British Norwegian Chamber in Oslo. Panellists included Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and columnist at The Economist, Elisabeth Roscher, Head of EY Business Integrity and Corporate Compliance, and Michael Pryce, Head of Management Liability at AIG EMEA.


British-Portuguese Chamber is new COBCOE member

We are very pleased to welcome the British -Portuguese Chamber of Commerce to the COBCOE network. This chamber, which has around 400 members, was founded in 1911 and has successfully promoted trade between the two nations for over 100 years. The BPCC is based in Lisbon, with local representatives in the North of the country and the Algarve. See Member Profile



New COBCOE Affiliate – Business Stortford

Why is Hertfordshire well placed for doing business in the UK? Business Stortford Stansted Express

Discover Business Stortford an initiative backed by the Bishop's Stortford Chamber of Commerce and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership 


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