British Business Group Macedonia

British Business Forum

The regular British Business Forum was held on 22nd October (Wednesday) at the residence of HMA Mr. Charles Garrett. This was an opportunity for the representatives of British business in Macedonia, as well as, for the members of the British Business Group to present their companies and their experience of working and living in Macedonia.

The representatives of: JOHNSON METTI, ALKALOID, PRILEPSKA PIVARNICA, TIKVES, IMPERIAL TOBACCO, BRITISH-AMERICAN TOBACCO, BERIN, DELAMODE, TUG and other participants shared their experience in doing business in Macedonia. They shared specific issues that will help us to organize the next forums and invite suitable guests and came up with some tangible practical suggestions concerning how the British Business Group can help members achieve their objective in investing in Macedonia. One of the more interesting elements of the session was the range of experiences present at the event.

With a number of the country’s largest enterprise businesses represented, there was also a voice given to the challenges and opportunities represented by the small and medium enterprise sector.  Discussing the economic landscape in Macedonia with those present in the room, it was clear to us all here at the BBG that there is still a great deal of opportunity for collaboration and development within Macedonia particularly among the SME sector, something we all look forward to addressing over the coming quarters.

To support out members based upon the learning taken away from this recent event,  we hope to continue to build upon the open and collaborative spirit which dominated this British Business Forum, sharing experiences, identifying mutual priorities (as well as opportunities) and further encouraging collaboration between our members and the broader business community both here and in the United Kingdom.


ARTROOMS is a new concept of art exhibition, where individual artists are free to create their own environment in a prestigious hotel’s room in London.

The unique setting of a luxury hotel room becomes a pioneering way to access art. Artworks are brought to life in an intimate surrounding, shortening the distance between artists, curators and visitors.

ArtroomsIt is a new art fair committed to the visitor’s experience.

The first edition of ARTROOMS will take place from 23 until 26 of January 2015 at the Melià Regent’s White House HotelARTROOMS finds the Melia White House its ideal location: a prestigious venue, with spaces that lend perfectly to this exhibition.

The exhibition will include a careful selection of pioneering and seasoned artists from all over the world, together with an exceptional program of events and workshops.

British Business Group Macedonia, as a partner to this new and innovative event encourages all artists and galleries from Macedonia to apply and participate on this event. For more information how to apply and participate please visit

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: