106th Annual General Meeting with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:00
On Wednesday 25th May the British Chamber hosts their 106th Annual General Meeting, one year on from the grand reopening of their newly-refurbished office space. Members are invited to a networking drink in the business lounge before the meeting starts at 17:30 sharp. The AGM presents the opportunity for members to hear about and discuss …

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A Day in the life of an MEP’s Assistant

Blog wordpress - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 08:00
This week it’s the second installment of our Day in the Life of an MEP’s Assistant. Alina Totti, Assistant to Claudia Tapardel who is part of the S&D party. In trying to describe a typical day in the life of an MEP assistant I was presented with a very big challenge – having the actual …

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DSM: Bridging the Gap -The Highlights

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 08:39
Last Week, the chamber hosted its conference on the Digital Single Market conference. Moderated by Chair of the EU Committee, James Stevens, the conference saw keynote speeches from Commissioner Günther Oettinger: Juhan Lepassaar, Head of Cabinet to Andrus Ansip and Robert Madelin, EPSC as well as featuring representatives from Business and Industry, trade bodies and …

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The UK Referendum on EU Membership: How Much Will Turnout Matter?

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 08:00
This week, Professor Justin Fisher writes on the importance of electoral turnout in June’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Why does this impact differ from a general election or any other referendum for that matter? As the UK referendum on EU membership gets closer, the opinion polls will start to matter …

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EU Referendum Breakfast Debate Summary

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:22
Yesterday, Interel and The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium were delighted to host Chuka Umunna MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for a head-to-head debate on Britain’s membership of the EU. The two Westminster heavyweights made their cases to a packed audience of business leaders.   Jacob Rees-Mogg’s top five points: 1. The EU has …

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Introducing the British Charitable Fund

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:00
The British Chamber is this year proud to be supporting 4 different charitable organisations in Belgium this year through our affiliation with the Brussels British Community Association. In February, we introduced you to CHS and this time Chairman David Humphreys introduces the British Charitable Fund. The British Charitable Fund (BCF) was founded in 1815 on …

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Finding the right work-life balance in 2016

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:00
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance in can have such a positive impact in so many different ways both personally and professionally. This week Gaêtan Oversacq, co-founder of Belgium’s first nap bar, Pauz, writes about a new concept and how this can contribute to maintaining the all-important healthy balance. Starting the day stressed because of work already and afraid you’re not …

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Date set for the British Chamber’s AGM

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 08:00
The British Chamber’s Annual General Meeting is set to take place on the 25th May, just under two weeks after our Spring Networking Cocktail. Make sure you keep the date free and join us to discuss the progress we made as an organisation in 2015. Last years AGM saw the announcement of the Council election results …

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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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