13th September 2016 was unlike any for the FBCCI and its guests. The annual Rentrée Reception is undeniably one of our key events, however this year’s edition was even more attractive and exciting due to the presence of our guest of honour Tony Parker.
As the British Embassy opened its doors to welcome 220 guests in its garden, the Rentrée Reception kicked off with beautiful sunshine complimented by the variety of luxurious wine provided and served by Château Léoube.
Having welcomed their guests at an earlier cocktail reception on business and sport at the Ambassador’s Residence, April Entreprise joined the reception with guest of honour Tony Parker. The evening then began with Oriel Petry, director of the Department for International Trade welcoming guests and introducing another guest of honour Lord Price CVO, Minister of State for Trade Policy who inevitably touched on hot topics such as Brexit. Our newly appointed president of the Chamber, Olivier Campenon then welcomed all and offered special thanks to the outgoing president Bob Lewis. These words of welcome were then echoed by our sponsors, Françoise Rausch from JCB and Joanne Dreyfus from Deloitte.
The CEO of April, Bruno Rousset introduced the sporting NBA star Tony Parker who entertained the crowd with a speech as well as heading our prize draw with much enthusiasm and amusement. The winners were delighted to receive a return flight from Flybe, a jeroboam of rosé from Château Léoube, numerous gifts from JCB as well as signed posters and basketballs by Tony Parker himself.
Attendees were then left to mingle and enjoy the rest of the evening with the ever-flowing wine of Château Léoube and an array of fresh products from the Chambre d’Agriculture de Dordogne, displayed next to the lawn in which they could indulge. The mélange of the refreshing wine and summer delicacies from France enjoyed at the British Embassy captured and crystallised the close bond between the Franco-British guests- underlining the primary endeavour of the Chamber.
All in all, the night flowed sumptuously however this event would not have been a success without the generous support of our sponsors; Deloitte, April Entreprise and JCB, provided to us throughout. The fabulous weather and fantastic company made for a truly memorable Rentrée Reception and we would be delighted to welcome all our guests, and any who missed out, back again next year.