What next for EU-UK relations after the latest EU Council summit?

Blog wordpress - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:50
By Daniel Neale, Communications Officer at the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium In the middle of last week’s EU summit, Prime Minister David Cameron was able to squeeze in the UK’s membership renegotiation process. With the talks now officially underway, he stated that “renegotiation will seek a new and better membership for the UK. One …

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Gold Bridge Award Winners: Where are they now? Real Good Food Europe

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:30
In our series of revisiting past Golden Bridge winners and how far they have come since their award win, today’s story puts the spotlight on Real Good Food Europe. Real Good Food Europe, producer of baking ingredients, won the 2013 Golden Bridge Award for ‘Best Newcomer’. It has experienced continued success across Europe ever since. …

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Should you only be exporting to Belgium or is it worth investing?

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 07:00
By Gabriella Cox, Trade Adviser at UK Trade & Investment Part 1 of 14 down, only 13 left to go.  On 11th June we began the UKTI Benelux Webinar Series: a series devoted to helping UK companies with their overseas activities. Using some of the FAQs sent to us from UK companies, we compiled a …

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Making key life decisions a little easier for expats

Blog wordpress - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:00
By Glenn Vaughan, CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium When finding your way in a new country, it is not always easy to get access to the right financial information. In Belgium, that is especially noticeable. It may be the language barrier- while most of us speak one of the official languages we …

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Golden Bridge Winners: Where are they now? Farnell element14

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 07:30
In October, the British Chamber will be celebrating its annual Golden Bridge Awards dedicated to the success of UK companies doing business in Belgium. Over the coming weeks, we will showcase how far past Golden Bridge winners have come since their award win. Our first story features Premier Farnell, the high-service distributor of technology products …

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Priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:30
By HE Ambassador Christian Braun, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU From the first of July onwards, Luxembourg will take up the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will be Luxembourg’s 12th Presidency, as the last one took place in 2005. For six months, my country will be responsible for successfully conducting …

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A word of advice for expats from BNP Paribas Fortis

Blog wordpress - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 08:30
As a key sponsor of the British Chamber’s Expat Financial Affairs exhibition in October, two senior members of BNP Paribas Fortis have been discussing on Radio X about their involvement in the event: Salvatore Orlando, Head of Expatriates and Philipp Bollen, Director of Estate Planning. You can listen to the full interview with Radio X …

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You just received your Belgian (resident) tax return… and now what?

Blog wordpress - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:24
By Eric Laurent, Tax adviser at ERVY.  It’s that time of the year again, where you have to collect your paperwork and start filling in THAT form, which will probably come with some apprehension as you have heard that this year 70 new codes have been added to the form while about 30 have been …

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A note from the new President: Thomas Spiller

Blog wordpress - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 07:30
I am delighted to announce that I was elected President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium on the 27th of May. It is a great privilege and honour for me to lead such a thriving organisation and I would like to thank you all for electing a Council that has put their trust …

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HR in Practice… in Belgium! How does that work?

Blog wordpress - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:37
by Robbert Dekker, Operations & Strategy Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Did you know that your annual holiday rights are based on how much you worked the year before? That from time to time, all salaries are indexed even if you received a raise the month before? A room full of …

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A day in the life of an MEP: Brando Benifei

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 08:00
Brando Benifei is a Member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the youngest within the party. In June, we will be hosting  our Annual Young Professional’s Visit to Strasbourg, where you will have the chance to meet and interact with a number of MEPs. For the full programme …

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Referendum: Are you ready?

Blog wordpress - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:07
By Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium So there will be a UK referendum on membership of the European Union. Business opinions seems strongly in favour of UK membership and the polls also say the British public would vote to stay in – but opinion is volatile. We need …

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A day in the life of an MEP: Philippe de Backer

Blog wordpress - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:00
Philippe de Backer is a Member of the European Parliament for Open VLD, and is part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). In June, we will be hosting  our Annual visit to Strasbourg, where you will have the chance to meet and interact with a number of MEPs. For …

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Shaping Transatlantic Trade

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:00
By Richard Corbett, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber, and Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs. He is currently Vice-Chair of the European Movement in the UK Do we want a free trade deal with the USA? In principle, Europe – and especially the UK – has a lot to gain from a …

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Introducing: Sean Murray, EUK Consulting.

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:02
The last of our Council Case Studies comes from Sean Murray, who has been involved at various different levels of the chamber for more than a decade now. Today is the last day to send applications for Council elections, please follow this link for more information. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by today (midnight). I was …

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Unequal Europe: What can we do?

Blog wordpress - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:02
A divergent Europe Historically, the European project was synonymous with increasing prosperity and cohesion, both across member states (through ‘upward convergence’) and within member states. Until 2008 we were accustomed to increasing social and economic convergence between member states, countries lagging behind were able to catch up and the development of the welfare state was …

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Introducing: Jill Craig, Hume Brophy

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:59
The chamber is actively dedicated to CSR, particularly youth unemployment, and that is something which Jill is glad to be part of. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal …

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Introduction: Paul Leonard, BASF Group.

Blog wordpress - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:30
For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by 24 April 2015. The British chamber was one of the first organisations …

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Introducing: Ed Read-Cutting, The Fry Group

Blog wordpress - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:30
For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for an informal discussion. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to glenn@britishchamber.be by 24 April 2015. My first encounter with the British Chamber of Commerce …

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Introducing: Max Von Olenhusen, Novartis.

Blog wordpress - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:49
There are four ways in which becoming a Council member can be beneficial for you. At least that’s what Max has encountered since he has been involved with the chamber.  For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. If you’re interested but want to know more about being a Council member, or standing for President, contact Glenn for …

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