The importance of sitting in a leadership role outside of your organisation

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:00
Two of our organising committees are currently in search of new chairs this summer. We’re looking for two professionals to lead our Business Development Group and our young professional’s network, Brussels New Generation. We took some time over Easter to talk to President of the British Chamber, Thomas Spiller about the importance of sitting in …

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A Day in the Life of an MEP’s Assistant

Blog wordpress - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Last year, we featured a few pieces from MEP’s in our ‘A Day in the life of…’ series and this week, Adam Terry – Political Officer to Anneliese Dodds MEP at the European Parliament, gives his insight into life as an MEP’s assistant. Describe a typical day in the life of an MEP’s assistant, you …

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UK Referendum campaign needs to be more positive if it wants to rally young people

Blog wordpress - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
It’s obvious that young people are the one’s with the highest stake in the debate over the future of Europe. BNG Chair Amelie Coulet argues that to engage the younger generation in the UK, referendum campaigns need to be more positive. Last week, I spoke to an event organized by the Young Professionals Network of …

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We’re looking for leaders

Blog wordpress - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 06:00
If you’d managed to miss it, the British Chamber of Commerce is one of Europe’s most successful chambers of commerce, growing consistently and doubling in the last 5 years. Now we’re looking for two new leaders to help us take the next step. Most of our work is organised through our three committees – the …

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A Day in the Life of an Intern at the British Chamber

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 07:00
The British Chamber has been a holder of the European Label for Quality Internships for a year now. This means we provide fair remuneration, a proper working contract, great learning experiences, supervisors focused on skills development, a great organisational culture and working environment whilst helping them with their transition into full-time employment. But what’s life …

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British Chamber Media Dashboard

Blog wordpress - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 21:30
Last week’s European Council Summit sparked a lot of media attention for the chamber. We’ve put the pick together here so you can catch any of the TV, radio and newspaper interviews from the week. On Thursday, on the bill with former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, CEO GlennVaughan was interviewed live on euronews   …

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Press Release: A Waterloo moment for the UK and EU

Blog wordpress - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:23
The following is a press release issued this morning in light of this week’s summit on EU Reforms proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron. This is the chambers view on UK Reforms and the Brexit issue, echoed by our members. The new settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union: An Opportunity for Europe, …

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Intersectionality and gender inequality in the Labour market

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 07:00
Ahead of our Diversity Dialogues event on Feb 29th, we asked Prof. Cecile Wright, Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham to give us an insight into the challenges we face in eliminating discrimination in the workplace. It’s probably the most important read of your week. All the woman are white, all the men are …

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Belgium continues to be an attractive Location to Invest

Blog wordpress - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:37
This is an open letter signed by a total of 14 international chambers of commerce based in Belgium, in support of investment in the country and providing a voice against the negative media attention that Belgium and Brussels has attracted over the last few months. In light of the recent security events and misrepresentations in …

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Belgium Shows How Important Europe Is For Britain

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 07:00
Since the terror threat in Brussels, leading to the subsequent lock-down which then inspired Mr Trump to bud the city a ‘hellhole’, not to mention last week’s EU reform negotiations and the tabloid media storm that ensued: It’s fair to say that Belgium and Brussels has had it’s fair share of attention this winter, and …

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Introducing Community Help Service ASBL

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:00
  Community Help Service (CHS) is a non-profit organisation that provides information, support and mental health services to anyone in Belgium who needs help and prefers to speak English, regardless of nationality and circumstances. It was set up in 1971 to provide help to people from the expatriate community, mainly those with English as their …

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What’s next for Business & Trade at the Chamber

Blog wordpress - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 07:00
2015 was a busy year for the Business Development Committee! Our Chair, Olivier Van Horenbeeck tells us what’s next for 2016 and how they plan to build on a great 2015. To write that the chamber’s Business Development Committee grew and developed immensely in 2015 would be an understatement. The group successfully delivered 40 events …

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What you can look forward to from BNG in 2016

Blog wordpress - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 07:00
As we are starting the New Year, I wanted to reflect on BNG achievements in 2015 and what we can expect from the British Chamber’s young professionals group in 2016. The BNG prides itself on being the leading network for young professionals in Brussels, offering unique opportunities for networking, professional development and a chance to …

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One Prediction for 2016 that We Guarantee Will Come True

Blog wordpress - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 07:00
Over the next few weeks we’ll be hearing from some of our organising committee chairs on what they’re planning for our members in 2016. This week, EU Committee Chair James Stevens tells us what to expect over the next 12 months A quick scan of the newspapers at this time of year provides you with …

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Internal Market Summit Review

Blog wordpress - Sun, 12/13/2015 - 19:36
  2016 marks the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Internal Market, but how far have we actually come in integrating a fully functioning single market and what barriers still exist? To answer this question the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium brought together key political, regulatory and industry stakeholders to examine the current …

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Golden Bridge Awards – Winners Announcement!

Blog wordpress - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 06:00
The 19th edition of the prestigious Golden Bridge Trade& Export Awards for outstanding achievements in exporting between the UK and the Belux has been won by Soudal NV from Belgium and Ignition from the UK. The Awards were presented by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (BLCC) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Awards …

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Last look at 2015’s Golden Bridge Finalists! – Syx Automations

Blog wordpress - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:45
With the announcement of this year’s Golden Bridge awards fast approaching, we’re providing a last look at the candidates before the awards ceremony in London next week. The awards recognise the achievements of companies making the successful leap from the UK to the Belgian market and from the Belgium and Luxembourg markets to the UK. …

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Last look at 2015’s Golden Bridge Finalists! – Soudal NV

Blog wordpress - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:11
With the announcement of this year’s Golden Bridge awards fast approaching, we’re providing a last look at the candidates before the awards ceremony in London next week. The awards recognise the achievements of companies making the successful leap from the UK to the Belgian market and from the Belgium and Luxembourg markets to the UK. …

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Last look at 2015’s Golden Bridge Finalists! – RWS Group

Blog wordpress - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:50
With the announcement of this year’s Golden Bridge awards fast approaching, we’re providing a last look at the candidates before the awards ceremony in London next week. The awards recognise the achievements of companies making the successful leap from the UK to the Belgian market and from the Belgium and Luxembourg markets to the UK. …

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London Visit: What We Did and What We Learnt

Blog wordpress - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 06:00
This week, James Pearson – Business and Trade Executive at the British Chamber gives us a report of the goings on at this year’s London Visit at the start of the month. The Visit included keynote speeches from Lord Mandelson and Ken Clarke MP! On 9 and 10 November, the British Chamber of Commerce in …

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