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COBCOE Annual General Meeting and Conference

On April 9th 2014 the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) has organized its Annual General Meeting and the Conference “Make Europe Work!” at the ICAEW in City, London, as well as, the traditional Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Law Society in London.

The COBCOE Annual conference and the Gala Dinner are the highlight in the COBCOE annual business and social events calendar and has become the focal point for exchange of ideas and information about the greater economic landscape in Europe.

The 2014 conference was focused on demonstrating the key drivers for achieving the future capability of Europe in delivering real value for trade and investment across its diverse regions.

Furthermore we outlined how we, as the British bilateral chamber movement across the continent can assist in ensuring that the goals for business growth through a sustainable rise in trade and investment are realized and how we help business and government to achieve goals of mutual interest and benefit.

The conference began with an inspiring and thought-provoking lunchtime key speaker, Lady Barbara Judge CBE, a well known business personality.

Lunch was followed by a series of discourses from a group of high level business personalities from among COBCOE’s partners, including: Sir Michael Arthur KCMG, The Ambassador Partnership; Andrew Mitchell CMG, Director, Prosperity, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO); Mark Berrisford-Smith, Chief Economist,
HSBC; Andrew Ratcliffe, Vice President, ICAEW; David Thomas MBE, COBCOE Chairman, Glynis Whiting, President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport.

The photos from the event can be viewed on our website gallery below:

COBCOE Gala Dinner 2014

Mr. Simon Harris, Director, BBGM, Mr. Michael Clay, Vice-Chairman BPCC, Mr. Marin Gavrilovski, CEO, BBGM and Mr. David Thomas, Chairman, COBCOE

COBCOE’s prestigious annual gala event is a celebration of the prolific talent and achievement within the British bilateral Chamber movement across Europe. The event is attended by COBCOE’s member chambers’ Board members and senior executives, business members of the chambers across Europe, COBCOE’s partners and affiliates and members of British chambers belonging to the wider British Business Worldwide alliance across the world. Other guests include members of parliament, journalists, members of the overseas and British diplomatic corps, UK and overseas government officials as well as business leaders and high wealth individuals from across the world.

The photos from the event can be viewed on our website gallery below:

British Business Forum

The 7th session of the British Business Forum was held on 12 March 2014 at the British Embassy. The forum was organised by the British Business Group in Macedonia and the British Embassy. The meeting was a follow up on the discussion started at the last forum with  Minister of the Economy Mr Valon Saracini and this session primarily focused on inspection services. Mr. Vanco Kargov, Director of the recently established Inspection Council kindly shared his vision and plans for the Council’s operation and offered a fascinating insight into the strategic objectives of this new body. Aiding the dialogue were the representatives of several inspection services which will be supported by the regulatory and governance initiatives arising from the Inspection Council.

British Business Forum

The event is a joint event hosted by the British Business Group and the British Embassy in Macedonia hosts and serves as a platform for British businesses in Macedonia to share experiences of doing business in Macedonia.   The business forum also discusses and defines best practice and experience of the regulatory landscape in both the UK and Macedonia, fostering an environment in which members and participants can share the challenges, experiences, and solutions they may have employed.

These events are an excellent way to bring to the attention of key stakeholders any potential road blocks preventing their investment or threatening their existent investments in the Republic of Macedonia.