The 21st September 2017 marked the Chamber’s annual Rentrée Reception, in the stunning Chancery gardens of the British Embassy. Guests gathered at this luxurious event to enjoy delicious canapés offered by caterer Duval, and to toast the return to business as signalled by La Rentrée. The Chamber was particularly lucky with this year’s weather – the rain stayed away and the sun shone down over the Embassy’s garden and lush tennis court.
The guests began to filter into the courtyard where they were greeted with Champagne and an exclusive viewing of the new Jaguar and Land Rover models, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and the Range Rover Velar, which certainly sparked excitement and conversation amongst the guests.
The celebrated garden is situated at the far end of the Embassy looking onto the tennis court and lawn. This is where Lord Llewellyn, British Ambassador to France, welcomed guests to the prestigious setting. His speech stressed how, despite Brexit, the great trade between the two countries will continue with strength and tenacity, whilst also underlining the importance of the human connection between France and the UK – that French and British people will continue to travel, work, live and enjoy each others’ countries. President of the Franco-British Chamber, Olivier Campenon, graced us with his speech firstly thanking sponsors Gleeds and Jaguar Land Rover France for their support and generosity, and also presenting honorary medals to Vice President of the Chamber Bob Lewis, and to Beatrice Cocquereau (BBC Audit et conseil) for their great service and dedication to the Chamber.
The speeches continued with Nicholas Ord, director of Gleeds, explaining the history and success of Gleeds in France, whilst David Bucher Marketing Manager from Jaguar Land Rover France presented the specificities of the new models on display and highlighted the deep rooted Franco-British relationship within the company.
Director of the Chamber Catherine Le Yaouanc continued the excitement by announcing the lucky winners of the Tombola, with prizes including return flights from France to England thanks to Flybe, a meal for two at The Peninsula restaurant courtesy of Gleeds and a weekend in choice of Jaguar Landrover car, all generously donated by our members.
However, the evening did not end with the closing speech, drinks and desserts continued to flow and it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy the setting and to network amongst each other. Everyone seemed to be happily engaged in conversation – old contacts, new contacts – the very essence of what the Chamber aims to do; bring people together from across the Channel. We would like to thank everyone who came and all our sponsors.