About Us

 

Happy New Year

Olivier Campenon, President of the Franco-British Chamber

 Happy New year to you all. We hope you had a lovely festive break and that you are now suitably rested for a very busy 2018!

This year, as probably with any other year, will provide its fair share of challenges. The good news is that the monthly confidence index in the future and economics is at a top in France, according to a January survey. And we will need that optimism to benefit the economic growth while negotiating the future relationship between the UK and the European Union.

This is why the Franco British Chamber is organising several key events to support you and your business beginning of this year:

  • Digital Economy event – 14 Feb – Embassy:
    Listen and dialogue with key actors of the Digital economy to understand the trends and opportunities of the digital transformation
  • Brexit round tables – Feb & March – Chamber:
    Share your views, expectations and demands on the future trade agreement between UK and EU and the Chamber will voice them up to the negotiators
  • International Women’s Day – 8 March – Embassy:
    Listen and dialogue with iconic women who are leading on the woman role in creativity and business success

Catherine and I and our whole team are really excited by your dynamism. This was reflected again during a breakfast a few days ago with some of you sharing ideas and suggesting new projects. We are also excited by the new digital tools that we will be deploying this year for you to access new markets and customers at your fingertips…

As stated above, 2018 will be a busy year.

Many thanks again to you for your trust and a warm welcome to all our new members. And special thanks to his Excellency Ed Llewellyn, British Ambassador to France and his team, particularly Oriel Petry and Mathew Lodge, so supportive to our Chamber.

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,

Olivier Campenon, President

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

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.

Communications Platform

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