Window into Europe Spring 2015

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Annual Conference 9-11 May
Gala Dinner, Chamber of the Year and 
new Make Europe Work! Business Awards 11 May 
Training Academy 9-10 May 

It's time to book tickets for the flagship COBCOE annual events. The 2015 Annual Conference takes place at the Chartered Accountants' Hall, the headquarters of ICAEW in the City of London.

This year, we will be announcing the first COBCOE Make Europe Work! Business Awards winner at the Gala Dinner on 11 May, along with the Chamber of the Year awards. To book, email  

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL the well known entrepreneur and founder of Cobra beer, has been confirmed as guest speaker at the Gala Dinner. Read about Lord Bilimoria here.

Event sponsors:




AIG is new Strategic Partner

We are looking forward to working with AIG, the world leading property-casualty and general insurance organisation.

More on COBCOE Strategic Partners

New COBCOE Affiliates

The Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL)

The AERL is London's premier network for diplomats dealing with economic, financial, trade and business affairs. Read more

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Surrey is a county close to London, and is one of the most successful and productive areas for business in the UK. Read more

More on COBCOE Affiliates

New Business Partner – Sue Froggatt Training
Sue is a leading authority on associations and membership development and is an official training partner of COBCOE's Training Academy. Read more

More on COBCOE Business Partners


Make Europe Work!

Make Europe Work!

The second issue of Make Europe Work! magazine was launched at a New Year celebration of European trade and diplomacy organised in association with Jaguar Land Rover at the Stratstone Mayfair Jaguar Showroom in London in January. Speaking at the event, David Thomas, COBCOE Chairman, said "COBCOE and its member chambers across Europe want to encourage British business to engage with the UK's geographically closest market." He pointed out that through COBCOE, member chambers of commerce can provide practical assistance and support to business in market entry or supply chain activities, either directly or through their members. 

Read the online magazine here.

Find out about the wider Make Europe Work! initiative here

COBCOE event at Stratstone Jaguar Mayfair prize draw winners

Congratulations to Jes Lauritzen and Alastair Brigg, winners of the Prize Draw at the event. Jes won two tickets to Wimbledon and Alastair won a Meridian Explorer 2 USB DAC courtesy of Meridian West London.

Intelligents UK also took part in the event. The company provides protection, security solutions and specialist services for discerning clients worldwide. 

See more event photos here. 



Calling all young professionals

COBCOE has founded the Young Professionals Network (YPN) with the aim of developing and providing opportunities for networking, professional development and volunteering for ambitious young professionals across Europe.

Women in the fast lane

Danella Bagnall JLR

To mark the UN International Women’s Day on 8 March, a senior female engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Danella Bagnall, talks about her career, why so few women enter engineering and how JLR is helping to tackle the skills gap in the UK. Read article

Jaguar Land Rover is a COBCOE Strategic Partner. 

Focus on the Nordic-Baltic region

How will the Business community benefit from TTIP? 
The view from Denmark (BCCD)

By Mariano A. Davies, President & CEO, British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark
TTIP is an ambitious free trade agreement between the EU and the US which has been under negotiation since February 2013. This new approach to export and import across the Atlantic will trigger both opportunities and risks for EU businesses. Read more

On target in Estonia 
By James Oates, BECC Chairman of the Board British Estonian Chamber of Commerce
Estonia, with its radical approach to technology, is already the global leader in the delivery of e-government. Read more

Why interest in Finland is growing 
By Mikko Tala, General Manager, Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce (FBCC)
Finland has gained a reputation for it’s gaming companies and there has been an explosion of start-ups in the aftermath of Nokia.Read more

Connecting Finland with the Commonwealth 
British & Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland (B3CF)
Finnish companies are increasingly looking for opportunities across Europe and beyond. Read more

Rapid recovery in Iceland 
By William Symington, Chairman British-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce (BICC)

The Icelandic economy has been recovering rapidly since the collapse of the country's banking system in 2008. Read more

Untapped business potential in Latvia 
By Ivi Anna Buce, Executive Director, Member of the Board, British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (BritCham)

Latvia and the UK still have great undiscovered business potential to utilise. Read more

Fifteen years in Lithuania 
British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania (BCCL)

Meeting ithe BCCL's founding objective of promoting Lithuania as a destination for British trade and outward investment has not been easy. Read more

Networking in Norway 
British Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (BNCC)

Norway is better placed to withstand the oil crisis than other producers.  Read more

Active in Sweden 
British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (BSCC)
This economy has opportunities in innovative sectors.  Read article


Anniversaries in 2015

North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) celebrates 200 years

Congratulations to NECC on reaching its 200th anniversary. To commemorate the bicentenary, NECC has published a special online supplement giving many interesting insights into the chamber’s work – both now and in the future – along with a history of its development since 1815, plus a full diary of the many NECC200 events. Read more  

Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 125th

British Swiss Chamber of Commerce turns 95

British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce was 70 in February

Finnish British Chamber of Commerce turns 50

Please let us know if you are celebrating an important anniversary this year.

Events supported by COBCOE

The Azerbaijan Investment Summit, taking place on March 17th 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku, is only one week away. Read more

Azerbaijan Investment Summit


European Business Summit
COBCOE is a supporting partner for the European Business Summit (EBS), Europe's key meeting pl
ace for business leaders and decision makers, where business and politics shape the future. Every year, the EBS attracts more than 2,000 participants, including senior and high-ranking figures, journalists and broadcasters.

For information about the event, opportunities to host events and booking, visit

COBCOE member events

We post members' events on the COBCOE website at Please keep us informed about your events so that we can promote them this way, and on Twitter. Send details to

COBCO Strategic Partners

AIG   ICAEW   Jaguar Land Rover     Jaguar UK

London City Airport    UP Consultancy

Strategic partnership enables organisations with a focused strategy and outlook to develop their business and brand presence, and their activities, throughout Europe, including the UK or key markets/regions.

The aim is to develop a customised and practical programme to help the partner reach marketing objectives and manage its relationships with the British bilateral chamber movement in certain European markets.

To find out more, contact

COBCOE Business Partners

Prospect Magazine
Sue Froggatt Training and Consultancy

Business Partners are organisations with which COBCOE has specific working relationships:
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COBCOE Affiliate Programme

PartThrough the Affiliate membership and partnership programme, COBCOE can engage and work with like-minded business membership organisations and chambers of commerce based exclusively in the UK, bringing real value to its core membership.

See all COBCOE Affiliate organisations.


COBCOE members

COBCOE has a core membership of 42 British bilateral chambers of commerce across Europe and beyond. Members are committed to advancing trade and business between the UK and their country or region, providing important networking opportunities and business services, along with social and CSR initiatives.

See the full list of COBCOE members.

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