Window into Europe Summer 2016

COBCOE responds to Brexit 

Following the UK EU referendum result, David Thomas MBE, Executive Chairman of COBCOE, has been working with key stakeholders on the COBCOE response to Brexit. This is a new initiative which aims to ensure that the political negotiations do not ignore the business and economic issues, and that negotiations are based upon reality and are able to deliver a successful outcome.


Our unique position 

COBCOE is the only Europe-wide British business network and is in a unique position to assist in this endeavour on an effective basis. Our presence in the UK and across the whole of Europe, means that we can help shape the best future trade deals that will benefit not only UK business but Europe-wide business and ensure a safe and stable economic outcome for the global economy.

"COBCOE occupies the only viable position from which to advise on Brexit business negotiations and secure an economically viable future for Britain and Europe" says David Thomas in his open letter to the press.  Our network of British chambers of commerce and business associations located throughout Europe represents around 8,000 businesses.

The COBCOE Brexit Response Initiative includes:

·   A new task force headed by Paul Slevin, UK Delegate of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry and lead Practitioner of Exedra Associates 

·   Media – David Thomas interviewed on BBC Radio Today Programme

·   Research into how different sectors and supply networks across Europe are affected by Brexit

For more information, please see our website's new Brexit section, including an Open Letter from David Thomas to the press, an Outline of the COBCOE Response Initiative and useful information from various sources.

David Thomas, COBCOE Executive Chairman



Introducing COBCOE Connects

Our new service for finding trusted business contacts in new markets

Entering new markets is often the best way to achieve business growth. This autumn, COBCOE Connects will be launched to provide high quality, trusted and relevant contacts in new markets.

COBCOE Connects will enable precision matchmaking and networking by using sophisticated software to find companies within our trusted, multilateral business network to meet specific business requirements.

For more information about the platform, please click here



COBCOE Awards 2016

Make Europe Work! Business Awards

The Breakthrough Trade award was won by the the UK Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board Beef and Lamb division for creating a new market for British lamb in Poland. (See British lamb takes Polish market by storm in this newsletter.)

Trade development in European markets went to TransferWise, a successful British-Estonian fintech startup which uses an online peer-to-peer platform to match currency buyers and sellers. 

The awards were presented at the COBCOE Gala Dinner held in London in June at the Underglobe, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The guest speaker was Ken Olisa OBE, HM Lord Lieutenant of Greater London. Read more

Chamber of the Year Awards

The British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic was named Chamber of the Year and the British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic was Best Small Chamber. Five awards for excellence were also given. Read more

Our thanks to London City Airport for sponsoring the awards.



COBCOE wins award for Festival Engagement 

The International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) recognised COBCOE as the leading International Partner by presenting us with an award for engagement at the closing dinner. Max Steinberg CBE, Chairman, introduced the award by pointing out that more than 20 Fly to Buy grants for delegations from around Europe had come through COBCOE.  Read more




News from our European network

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


Sports meets business in Slovenia

The British Slovenian Chamber is inviting British companies to a business conference to coincide with the Slovenia vs England World Cup qualifying match in October with a generous offer for delegations of 5 companies or more

Across the Islands

A snapshot of the activities of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce


Policy aims developed in Bulgaria

The British Bulgarian Business Association is communicating with the Bulgarian Government on FDI policy issues


Second London visit from Belgium

Registration is now open for the second annual London visit, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium in partnership with Interel.


Czech Chamber puts gender diversity front and centre

Equilibrium is the British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic programme providing mentoring for women in business


Brexit task force launched in Finland

The British Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland (B3CF) is establishing a working group to address Brexit issues


British Lamb takes Polish market by storm

The British Polish Chamber of Commerce helps take British lamb from a niche product to a supermarket staple.


Portugal, China and the UK - How will our futures be aligned?

The British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce  hosts a 'diplomatic' lunch in partnership with the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber.


Romania open for business

The British Romanian Chamber is supporting efforts to improve the business environment and building awareness of recent legislation and the country's economic prospects


David Thomas, COBCOE Executive Chairman, to speak at Global Expansion Summit

Global Expansion Summit

Click on the image above to go to the Global Expansion Summit website. Get 30% off the ticket price by entering the code 'COBCOE' when prompted at the checkout.


New Strategic Partner Yellow Jersey PR

We are delighted to have formed a new partnership with Yellow Jersey PR, a leading independent London public relations company 



Feeling the ripple effect

William Clark, UK Head of Trade Credit Insurance at AIG, explains how seemingly unconnected events can affect any business


Meet the 'gig-smiths'

Jurga Zilinskiene, CEO of Today Translations, introduces the next generation of manager that will change our way of life


Being prepared to succeed in a new Europe

Professor Maurtis van Rooijen, Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems (GUS) explores the need for ongoing education


Enter the disruptors

URICA fintech trumps banks in financing growth – case studies from businesses using this payment platform to help them grow


Sourcing good business data

Good data is a valuable asset. Kompass provides a simplified guide to finding a data provider


Currency management advice

David Johnson, Director at Halo Financial, explores the options for managing currencies for companies trading internationally


Record growth at top UK airport for business travel

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, analyses the airport's value to business and travellers


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

COBCOE Strategic Partners include:
AIG  |  Global University Systems  |  ICAEW  |  Jaguar Land Rover | URICA | Kompass | Today Translations | Essex Chambers of Commerce | Farazad ProductionsYellow Jersey PR

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