Recent studies of Bourgogne Tourism show that the Burgundy region is the second best known French region among the British, with 86% of global of global fame.
A land steeped in history but also contemporary, Burgundy marries tradition with modernism, like many places in Britain.
Philip Gomis, a passionate Franco British player in the community and well known for his linguistic expertise has decided to become delegate for the Franco British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in order to reinforce the link between the United Kingdom and Burgundy.
It is this new structure that allows British and Burgundian companies to rely on the benefits of high-quality service and events, all to give these businesses the opportunity to develop:
- Validation of language skills through tests and diplomas ‘Business English’ designed by the Franco British Chamber of Commerce for professionals.
- Organizing social events for networking in order to enhance and reinforce business trends.
Philip will also keep a close eye to the market and he will not hesitate to change his actions in order to be as close as possible to the concerns of the players in the market.
Dijon Visit – 10/11 December 2018
On the 10th December 2018, the president of the Chamber, Thierry Drilhon, accompanied a mission of the British Embassy on an economic visit to Dijon. The trip was organised by the Chamber’s delegate in Burgundy, Philip Gomis, a passionate Franco British player in the community and well known for his linguistic expertise. Burgundy has deep history but is also contemporary, marrying tradition with modernism, like many places in Britain. In fact, recent studies by Bourgogne Tourism show that the Burgundy region is the second best known French region among the British.
The first activity of the trip was an official welcome and lunch hosted by members of the city council and Dijon ambassadors. Next, there was a visit to La Moutaderie Fallot, an independent company exporting large quantities of mustard to the UK. Fallot Mustard Mill has been an independent, family-owned Burgundy company since 1840 and now produces more than 2,500 tonnes of mustard a year (equating to 6 million pots). The shop stocks over 30 flavours of mustard. In 2019, La Moutarderie Fallot will open a new €4 million building in Beaune, powered by solar energy, designed to house stock and their administration team.
This was followed by a stop at Les Couleurs de Marie, a home decoration and design shop in Dijon which imports and stocks British paints. This includes Farrow and Ball, craftsmen in paint and paper, originally from Dorset, and Little Greene, a paints company from the Penines. Finally, the President joined the group for a visit to the Mullot and Petitjean gingerbread museum. They export to the UK and have had previous experience with Fortnum & Mason. La Masion Mulot and Petitjean have made gingerbread since 1805 and in 2017 they opened a Museographique at its neo-gothic HQ in Dijon. The company produces 500 tonnes of gingerbread each year and continues to innovate – recently developing vitamin-enriched gingerbread to appeal to health conscious consumers. In the evening, there was a dinner hosted by President of Burgundy MEDEF with companies doing business with the UK.
The following morning, there were 2 round tables, one with VITAGORA food innovation, and another with the Fédération des Négociants-Éleveurs de Grande Bourgogne and the 4 biggest ‘maison de vins de Bourgogne’. Next, there was a visit to a primary school, for English classes and then lunch at a different school were students are pursuing Cambridge English exams as part of their studies.
The visit was incredibly insightful, and it was an excellent opportunity to see how trade continues to prosper and develop between France and Great Britain. If you would like to find out more about our Burgundy delegation, please use the contact details on this page.