Window into Europe Autumn 2016

New COBCOE Brexit Ambition survey

BrexitTell us how Brexit could affect you. We are one of the business organisations being consulted by the UK Government ahead of Brexit negotiations. In order to establish the needs of business and influence the outcome from the bottom up, we are releasing a survey to assess the level of engagement in international trade between companies in Europe before and after the Referendum.

The results of this survey will support our Brexit Ambition project which aims to carry on making Europe work for business.. It's a simple and considered survey and is available in 8 languages.

Take the survey

To find out more, or get involved, please see our website' Brexit section, including an Open Letter to the press from David Thomas, COBCOE Executive Chairman, an Outline of COBCOE's Brexit Ambition and useful information from various sources.


COBCOE Connects unveiled

Our new online platform for finding trusted business contacts in new markets

COBCOE Connects was unveiled in London in September. The new digital platform uses sophisticated digital matchmaking to find new business contacts within our trusted network to meet specific requirements 

Speaking at the event, David Thomas MBE, COBCOE Executive Chairman, said: "The critical thing in business is finding partners and increasing trade volume. COBCOE Connects is the solution." Senior representatives of the founding partners URICA and Kompass UK also spoke at the event, which was held at URICA's headquarters.

COBCOE Connects is now being rolled out to our network of British chambers in Europe. 

Read the news release    Visit the COBCOE Connects website page


Introducing COBCOE Trusted Service Providers

We're now featuring companies that are working with us and that we value for their support of international trade. These are our Trusted Service Providers and they form part of our Make Europe Work! initiative. They are:

  • Market entry, Rochester PR
  • Foreign exchange, Halo Financial
  • Business Advisory Services, ICAEW
  • Business information and data access, Kompass UK
  • Specialist language services, Today Translations
  • Supply chain funding for SMEs, URICA

Read more


Come and see us at Going Global Live

17-18 November, Olympia, London

Going Global LiveGoing Global is Europe's leading event for anyone looking to expand their business overseas or export to new markets. There will be over 60 thought-led seminars and 80 exhibitors. Tickets are free.

We will be promoting the COBCOE network, along with some of our member chambers on Stand 2392. Anne-Marie Martin, our Chief Executive, and Glynis Whiting, COBCOE Vice-Chair, will both be leading seminars on Thursday 17 November:

  • Exploring opportunities for growth in international trade across European markets 11-11.30am 
  • Presenting COBCOE Connects - a new way to develop business internationally. 3.30-4.10 pm 

Read more on the COBCOE events page


Cyprus-UK Business Forum

8 and 10 November, London and Edinburgh

A delegation of ministers and business leaders is coming from Cyprus, headed by HE Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus. He will deliver keynote speeches at the Cyprus-Uk Business Forum to be held in London and Edinburgh.

COBCOE is the delivery partner for the two events in partnership with the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Aimed at senior decision makers, the forum will explore the significant opportunities that now exist, provide in-depth case studies, and set out investment opportunities and the advantages of Cyprus as a location for regional headquarters.

Find out more and register:  London Forum   Edinburgh Forum



News from our European network

How COBCOE member chambers are supporting business in Europe


British Chamber Belgium 2016 London DelegationLondon Delegation from Belgium

On 24 and 25 November, members of the British Chamber in Belgium have the opportunity to meet government officials and London insiders
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BECC Smart-EST trade mission 2016Smart-EST UK trade mission from Estonia

The British Estonian Chamber's fifth UK trade mission from 11 to 14 November includes Cambridge and the Smart-EST Conference in Londo
Read article

Christa Holmborg, FBCC Chambers in the Digital Age – the view from Finland

The Finnish British Chamber looks at how how chambers can modernise their digital image and run more efficiently to serve members
Read article 


London Olympics 2012 logoBritish Polish Chamber and the power of volunteering

From the London Olympics 2012 through Waterloo2000 to Warsaw: what David Huse OBE learned from managing volunteers
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Russo British Centenary Business Forum A September to Remember for the British-Russo Chamber

The chamber's Centenary Business Forum in London covered commodities, logistics, infrastructure, ecommerce and other topics
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BSCC Brexit hubBritish-Swiss Chamber launches Brexit Hub

The British-Swiss Business Community has a new platform to find out about and comment on latest developments
Read article



Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce becomes COBCOE Strategic Affiliate Partner

We welcome Thames Valley Chamber Group, who work with businesses across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon
See partner profile

JLR SlovakiaNew Jaguar Land Rover plant in Slovakia

Work has started on a manufacturing plant in Nitra which will be at the forefront of aluminium manufacturing and engineering
Read news story


Robert Worzniak, AIGHow to protect business from the risk of cyber attack

Robert Wozniak of AIG explains the different types of attack, the effects of attack and how to protect business
Read article


David Clarke, Today TranslationsHow language services are used to combat corruption, money landering and data theft – Today Translations

David Clarke, Special Advisor on Anit-Corruption and Multi-lingual Due Dilligence, on how language services help fight crime.
Read article

Yellow Jersey PR logoYellow Jersey ranked 12th across UK stock market and new appointment

COBCOE Strategic Business Partner Yellow Jersey PR has risen in the Adviser Rankings Guide and added Adam Wurf to the team 
Read news story



If you are looking to develop your organisation's presence and activities throughout Europe, please contact us.

COBCOE Strategic Partners are:
AIG  |  Global University Systems  |  Jaguar Land Rover  
URICA  |  Kompass  |  Today Translations  |  ICAEW
Farazad Productions  |  Going Global Live  |  Netshield
Up Consultancy  |  Yellow Jersey PR
Essex Chambers of Commerce  |  Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group 


COBCOE members and affiliates

Please follow the links below to find out more about the organisations that belong to and work with COBCOE:

For more information about becoming a partner or member of COBCOE, please contact: 

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