2016 will probably be a historic year of the 21st century for Europe with the Brexit referendum in the UK and its potential consequences, as well as the many elections, which have and are taking place in the Western world in 2016 and 2017 further reinforcing the uncertainty and unpredictability of our world and its future.
Despite this, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry has a more critical role than ever. Although many questions have been asked with no immediate answers; members have asked to get together, exchange, explain and lobby for us to help with the challenges to businesses. With over 10 events already organised around Brexit this year, several meetings with the negotiating authorities and 3 surveys on the impacts of Brexit, the Franco-British Chamber maintains a pivotal role in representing our members during this transition period. The Chamber has also been and is extremely present on social media, in the press and on the television, voicing the interests of our members and striving to preserve their future business endeavours.
The expansion of the Franco-British Chamber to new regions in France, namely Burgundy – Philippe Gomis in Dijon, Brittany – Leon Brion and Brian Murphy and soon Lille in the North, exemplifies our development and our wish to get closer to our members, wherever they are located in the Franco-British community.
With our new headquarters in the 17th arrondissement in Paris, a revamped training programme called the ‘Training Academy’ and the launch of ‘Business Connect’ – the all-in-one service to develop your business, the Franco-British Chamber is constantly evolving to support your ambitions and enthusiasm to thrive in this uncertain world.
A warm welcome to all of our new members who have joined this year and many thanks to you all for your passion, trust and dedication to the future of Franco-British relations.
Finally a special thanks to his Excellency Ed Llewellyn, our new Ambassador and his team, particularly Oriel Petry who leads DiT at the Embassy. Their commitment to the connectivity between the two countries has been admirable during these past months with key initiatives like ‘Les Voisins’ and the London-Paris Digital event.
The Franco-British Chamber team, its board and myself look forward to meeting you and working with you to build the success the future holds,
Who we are:
With close to 150 years of experience in assisting French and British companies, and a membership network of 700 companies, the Chamber is a business force to be reckoned with. Over the last century, the Chamber has defined its aims and objectives to meet the changing needs of its members and clients alike. In numeric terms, we assist over 500 companies a year, with 300 of those being British companies looking to break into the French market. Our overall mission is to promote business trade and investment between the UK and France by driving and fostering the Franco-British business community. For our members, the Chamber acts as a platform to increase visibility for their products and services in France and the UK. In addition, the Chamber is home to a wide network of specialists in varying sectors. This network is at our member’s disposal and provides them with a wide range of information.
The Chamber is a non-profit organisation that is run by a small office team in Paris, who is also advised by 18 well-informed out-of-office board directors who specialise in a range of sectors: from law to telecoms to construction. In addition to our base in Paris, the Chamber is represented in several French regions such as Dordogne, Toulouse, Monaco and Burgundy as well as our most recently formed UK delegation. These delegations are able to offer specialised advice and guidance to companies and individuals wishing to develop in these regions.
In our role as leader of the Franco-British business we offer a range of vital services to our members and clients, which you will find in more detail over the next few pages.
An interactive business network
The Franco-British Chamber creates opportunities and connects people, assisting members to promote and develop their activity within the Franco-British business community. The Chamber has established a strong network of public and private partners both in France and in Britain.
Over 100 events a year
The Franco-British Chamber organises bespoke events to help members increase their visibility and reputation within the Franco-British business community.
The events programme of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry displays a range of varied events, from large networking events hosting over 200 people, to intimate breakfast conferences for small or large companies. The Chamber has a “something for everyone” approach; it is an all-encompassing manifesto for the overall work and objectives of the Chamber.
Business Connect is a full set of business services offered by the Franco-British Chamber and delivered by its members.
We cover a large range of services spanning nearly every sector, from consultancy to market analysis, and from law to distribution. After meeting you we will connect you with the right experts, and put together a proposal suited to your business and your goals.
Throughout its existence, the Chamber has a long history of serving the needs of businesses large and small; from helping a group such as Costa Coffee to establish itself in France, to guiding small businesses through complex French tax law. Whatever your size, and whatever your project, Business Connect will help you get the results you need.
Excellence in Digital Communications COBCOE award
Our Multimedia Director, Martin Dixon and the team in Paris have worked hard to step up on our social media presence on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. This hardwork has clearly paid off, shown by our twitter following of over 10 thousand followers.
Martin Dixon says: “Winning this award for the second time in 3 years is a great achievement for the team. The world of digital communications doesn’t stand still and we have embraced a number of new platforms and technologies since our win in 2015. Our digital reach enables us to be more effective for our members whose interests are the reason we do what we do.
We communicate in several different ways:
- A fortnightly newsletter each with a different corporate theme ranging from cyber security to Franco-British cultural activity and showcasing articles, events and offers from members
- Frequent emailings with news, press releases and upcoming event invitations
- With a strong social media presence on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram