Chamber office closed tomorrow as staff attend CambsB2B
Please note that the Chamber office will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday 22 November, with all staff attending Cambs B2B. There will be no documentation service available tomorrow either online or in person. Our normal documentation service will resume on Thursday 23 November.
Come along and meet the Team at Cambridge B2B where we'll be available to offer advice and guidance on your trade activities.
Yesterday I attended the Arab British Economic Summit where I met a variety of businesses and Embassies from the Arab League States, and my guest Member who attended with me made some key contacts for upcoming trading into both Saudi and UAE. An excellent event with some very interesting key speakers and subject matter.
If you get chance, please answer our short survey to help us find out which Arab League States you would like to know more about. This will help us shape our event in 2024 with the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
International Trade Team Leader
D8 Business Networking Event
Our CEO Charlotte Horobin, and Board member Stuart Searle, attended the D8 Business Networking Event on 15 November and was graciously hosted at the Turkish Ambassadorial Residence of His Excellency Osman Koray Ertas. They attended as guests of Musiad UK, a Turkish Business Networking Group, and our ambition is to build relationships to bolster trade between our communities. The D8 represents Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Organised with great participation last year, MUSIAD EXPO will open its doors for the 20th time in 2024. MUSIAD EXPO 2024, which will be held at TÜYAP Istanbul Fair and Congress Centre from 26-29 November 2024, and will continue to bring together investors, industrialists and entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Find out more here
South Korean Trade Negotiations Can Boost UK
Reacting to news of plans for a fresh trade deal with South Korea, William Bain, BCC Head of Trade Policy, said: “An improved trade deal with South Korea would be very welcome. It could deliver for the UK’s food and drink sector, manufacturing companies and services providers, as well as locking in record inward investment into the UK.
“South Korea is a vital export market for our Chamber Network, but also a key source of semi-conductors for the UK manufacturing sector, as well as many everyday consumer goods - such as cars, electrical goods and electronics.
“The BCC has been at the forefront of campaigns to expand and simplify digital trade for services as well as goods. Building on the ideas in our Trade Manifesto, these negotiations can create a new bespoke agreement which fires up online trade and e-commerce between our countries.
“We have clear interests to defend too. This includes continuing flexibility for manufacturing exports, preferential tariff treatment in the South Korean market, and trading terms for data flows and intellectual property.
“But we enter this process with hope and optimism. If Government works closely with business, throughout these negotiations, we can produce the best trading terms for economic growth with a key partner. This would benefit small, medium and large firms, across the UK.”
To find out more visit the awards website.
Please note that entries close on Sunday 14 January 2024.
You can view the full list of all our training courses on the Chamber website
Courses can also be tailored to meet your company’s specific requirements. For more information about a bespoke course for your company, which can be delivered remotely or in person, please contact the Chamber on 01223 237414.
UK Trade and Export Finance Forum 2023
Thursday 23 November
Join over 700 leaders in business and finance in London for a full day of engaging sessions that will provide you with updated insight and new business connections to support you in your export journey.
View the agenda and register here
Global Trade Month: USA
Wednesday 29 November, 4.00pm
Our Global Trade Month will help businesses understand the trade and investment opportunities in the USA.
In 2022, $64 billion worth of goods and services were exported into the USA, and $1 trillion were invested by the USA into the UK. With such a vast pool of opportunities there is no wonder that the USA is one of the UK’s strongest trading partners. This event will give businesses an insight into why this market can be so lucrative and what your business can be doing to begin trading or expand your activity in the USA.
We are proud to deliver this event alongside British American Business, who are the leading transatlantic trade organisation, and our corporate partner WTA Group, who are trusted logistics experts and well versed at helping businesses trade between the UK and USA.
2023 ECJU Export Control Symposium
Wednesday 29 November
Leonardo Royal Hotel, London Tower Bridge
The Symposium will comprise:
- Plenary session - senior government officials and industry talking about strategic export controls and the challenges of trading in a changing world
- Specialist workshops including understanding the new strategic controls criteria and how it is applied to managing risk; protecting classified information and material; how to make strong licence applications; impact of sanctions on exports; enforcement and interception of shipments; US ITAR for Beginners and Intermediate level
- Networking 'village' where delegates can talk to the Trade Associations and officials across government.
Cost £240.00 per delegate (VAT included). Lunch and refreshments provided.
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Global Annual Conference 2024
Thursday 27 June 2024, QEII Centre, London
BCC Global Annual Conference 2024 will bring together business leaders, policy experts, media and government representatives to tackle important business issues and create lasting change.
Last week, Shevaun Haviland led a BCC delegation to Brussels meeting political leaders, businesses and the British Chambers in EU and Belgium on UK-EU trade, regulation, and common policy challenges.
During this trip, the BCC team met Commission Executive Vice-President Maros Sefcovic
and discussed youth mobility, green investment, carbon border policies and Emissions Trading Scheme linkages, and the Windsor Framework.
They also met Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Verhalyi and spoke about the agenda for reconstruction in Ukraine and the opportunities for British companies to help. Alongside that, they discussed investment in candidate countries such as Moldova, Georgia, the Balkan states and the North African neighbourhood.
Finally, they met with senior Polish MEP Danuta Huebner from the UK-EU steering group to discuss latest developments.
In other trade news, the BCC has convened a call with senior UK government officials and advisers on the issue of compliance with EU legislation on sanctions on Russian steel affecting many UK companies. The call will take place virtually tomorrow, Wednesday 22 November.
This week, the BCC will be taking part in a roundtable on trade negotiations with Türkiye with the Trade Minister.