The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) have reached an agreement that will see 24 additional British Chambers across Europe become part of the BCC’s Global Business Network – significantly expanding the leading business organisation’s reach and practical, real-world support for trade between the UK and the Continent.
The agreement means that the BCC Global Business Network now includes 49 British Chambers around the world – doubling the strength of the network in markets worldwide.
The move creates new connections and support for both Kent businesses and European businesses, at precisely the time they need them most.
With the nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU still uncertain, the British Chambers of Commerce and COBCOE have taken a strategic decision to bring their networks together – ensuring that firms have a front door not just in every region and nation of the UK, but in major capitals and commercial centres across the European continent as well.
Thanks to the move – led by BCC President Francis Martin and the COBCOE Board – both UK firms and European firms will be able to harness opportunities for trade and access practical advice, support and connections to keep trading across borders, regardless of political change.
We are delighted to welcome so many new members from across Europe into BCC’s global business network as it will open up opportunities for businesses across the County and beyond..
From Manchester to Madrid, Aberdeen to Amsterdam, and Belfast to Bucharest, the Accredit Chamber network will be best-placed to help firms trading across borders in Europe and beyond.
Our Global Business Network supports two-way international trade and provides practical solutions to trading challenges. Expanding BCC’s membership to include overseas British Chambers across Europe means that we will now be able to assist businesses practical support, advice and connections in almost 50 countries all around the world.
As we face the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, we can think of no better business response than delivering practical, real-world connections between countries all across Europe and the regions and nations of the UK.
Prior to this agreement, the BCC Global Business Network already included 27 British Chambers of Commerce worldwide. Working together with the 53 UK Chambers, these overseas British Chambers offer businesses international business-to-business connections and services through trusted partners.
British Chambers in Europe and their members. The combined network will promote UK trade and raise the profile of British Chambers worldwide.