Window into Europe Spring 2016



89% of members think it's in Britain's best interests to stay in the EU

  • 93% agree the EU is a 'work in progress' and needs to become more open, less bureaucratic, more competitive and responsive to the needs of business
  • 86% thought withdrawal from the EU would make trade and investment between the UK and Europe more difficult 
  • 93% would regret Britain leaving the EU 

For the full report and details of media coverage, see our news page.



Gala Dinner and Business Awards 15 June 2016 

NEW VENUE: Underglobe, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare's Globe - Gala Dinner new venue
Join us to celebrate the achievements of our members with the Chamber of the Year Awards, and the success of their members with the Make Europe Work!® Business Awards.

This year, the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare, we invite you to experience the hidden gem beneath the famous Globe Theatre – a unique, enchanting venue.

Guest speaker: Ken Olisa OBE, Lord-Lieutenant General of Great London, and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the technology merchant bank.


Make Europe Work!® Trade Conference 14 June at the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016), Liverpool

Removing the barriers to business growth through Informed discussions, real case studies and practical advice, featuring:

  • Lord Billimoria of Chelsea CBE DL, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer keynote speaker
  • COBCOE member and affiliate chambers of commerce from Continental Europe and the UK 
  • Ambassadors of Europe plus European Commission and key sector representatives
  • Early finish so delegates can attend workshops, look around IFB2016 and hear F W De Klerk, former President of South Africa, on the 'Blue Skies' stage


Enjoy a Beatles-themed evening social event following our trade conference in Liverpool.  Get details



Thinking of bringing a delegation? Grants still available

Building on the success of the first International Festival for Business in 2014, which attracted 68,000 delegates, IFB2016 will be a buzzing marketplace of new opportunities. Financial help is available to bring delegations from overseas and the UK. Find out more or contact Anne-Marie Martin, COBCOE Chief Executive.

The three weeks will be packed with high quality content, including one-to-one appointments, large-scale networking, a range of free services, such as legal, financial and marketing, and inspiring talks from world leaders. Read more

International Festival for Business 2016 Liverpool



David Thomas MBE, COBCOE Executive Chairman, to speak at this event:

European Business Summit


From Central Eastern Europe 

When it comes to doing business in Europe's most dynamic markets, COBCOE chambers are ready to help.


Bulgaria Sofia

18 months of Growth and Learning in Bulgaria

The British Bulgarian Business Association
Launched in 2015, a rapidly growing business group looks to the future




UK Food and Drink showcased in Prague

The Czech Republic gets a taste of Great Britain

British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic
Bringing food and drink producers from the UK to Prague


Investors in People flag

Investing in people in Hungary

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary
Recognition for its commitment to realising the potential of its people


Technology for the future

Innovate or stagnate – the road ahead for Poland

British Polish Chamber of Commerce
Polish tech firms are making strong headway in global markets



BRCC logo 

Promoting British-Romanian business

British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce
The first point of contact for bilateral trade between Britain and Romania


Jaguar Land Rover event in Slovakia 

A milestone year in Slovakia

British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic
A year of significant events and awards




New Strategic Partners

Essex Chambers of Commerce

The first UK chamber of commerce to become a COBCOE Strategic Partner. Read more 

Today Translations

An international translation service company with a global network of professional translators and interpreters working in over 200 languages. Winner of the first COBCOE Make Europe Work! Award for Breakthrough Trade. Read more

Farazad Productions

A highly talented and driven team of production specialists who are powering our 2016 Annual Conference events. Read more



Kompass UK

The global data solutions specialist 

International Email Marketing Laws and how they affect you Read


Farazad Productions

Annual Insurance Summit in Turkey Read


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

Other COBCOE Strategic Partners include :
AIG  |  Global University Systems  |  ICAEW  |  Jaguar Land Rover    

Award Winners 2016
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