New EU Committee Task Force Leadership for New EU Challenges!

Blog wordpress - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:00
Following a year of changes in the European Commisssion, European Parliament and European Council, the British Chamber’s EU Committee has undergone its own changes so that the Committee remains up to date, reflects both the priorities of our members and political realities, and able to continue delivering the highest value to our members. The leadership …

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The Chamber, Social Responsibility and Youth Employment

Blog wordpress - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:41
Written by Vice President, Sean Murray.  Over the past few years, the British Chamber has gone from strength to strength with a fast growing membership and an expanding variety of activities and events. This success has been due to a sharp focus on developing and delivering business value for the membership. The chamber’s premises and …

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A day in the life of an MEP

Blog wordpress - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 08:30
After spending last week in Strasbourg, Tomáš Zdechovský (pictured) recounts a day in his life of being an MEP.  Many have a very distorted view on what Members of the European Parliament actually do. Since the beginning of my mandate, I have been trying to shed a bit of light on our work and I …

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Better Regulation: An essential element in helping Europe return to growth

Blog wordpress - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:00
Written by Anthea McIntyre, MEP for West Midlands No legislator, or regulator, should make rules for their own sake. To make setting-up or running a company more costly or time-consuming not only damages European companies and European competitiveness, it damages people’s career prospects and prosperity. We should be clear, lighter regulation should not mean making …

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Making Europe a digital single market

Blog wordpress - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 08:45
For decades, the single market has delivered new rights and opportunities to European citizens and businesses. The right to travel, live or study abroad. The right to benefit from the best goods and services the EU has to offer, wherever they originate. The right for businesses to enjoy a world of opportunity, trading and transacting beyond borders – selling to a potential market of hundreds of millions of people.

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Celebrating success in trade and export – why it matters!

Blog wordpress - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:00
In the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” it’s now that time of the year where we look to celebrate the fruits of success in export and trade between the UK and Belgium. Inspiring stories of export success, accompanied by a great gala celebration: it’s time for the Golden Bridge Awards. As a British Chamber …

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NEWS: James Stevens (FleishmanHillard) – re-elected to EU Committee Chair

Blog wordpress - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:15
The British Chamber is happy to announce James Stevens, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, Director at FleishmanHillard has been re-elected unopposed to the role of EU Committee Chair for a two year mandate. James has been with Fleishman Hillard for over ten years during that time he has led the firm’s chemicals and energy …

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4 principles to shape the Finance function of the future

Blog wordpress - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:17
If we were to start with a blank sheet of paper, it’s unlikely we would create the Finance functions we have today. In recent years, predictions have even been aired that Finance will soon cease to exist as a business function altogether. Here is a sneak peak into how the Finance function might actually be …

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Commissioner Hearings – What was the point?

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:33
Words by Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive Despite scepticism about the process, the European Parliament has done an important job well. In the end, the commission will start work on time. That’s good, because they have plenty to do – especially improving Europe’s industrial competitiveness. According to your point of view, the confirmation of the commission …

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British Chamber’s Brussels insiders give the EU its marks

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:45
James Stevens, EU Committee Chair A poll of British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium members finds concern about the impact of an UK exit on business, but criticizes the EU’s current momentum on key objectives for business. British Chamber members in Europe’s capital have given the EU top marks for its progress on completing the …

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“If I’d known then, what I know now, I’d have started my financial planning earlier!”

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:45
Written by Beverley Robinson, Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium Promotion for The British Chamber’s Expat Financial Affairs event on Saturday 11th October has made me stop and think. Suppose I’d been invited to to a similar event when I was in the early stages of my career. Would I have …

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24 days to go! The Great Brussels Bake Off so far…

Blog wordpress - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:00
by Antony So, EU Policy Executive & BNG The British Chamber bustled with eager bakers last week, as we launched the second edition of our Great Brussels Charity Bake Off. Some were seasoned bakers and others were new faces, all ready to put their skills to the test. Representatives of over thirty of the participating …

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Save the Date: 3rd March 2015: The Ambassadors’ Gala

Blog wordpress - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:01
By Joost Visser, Commercial Director at British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium About the event It is with great pride that I am able to announce, for the first time, the British Chamber will organise the Ambassadors’ Gala on 3 March, 2015 at the Hotel de la Poste at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. This …

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UK-Belgian trade: reason for optimism in a time of uncertainty?

Blog wordpress - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:11
By Olivier van Horenbeeck Chair of the British Chamber’s Business Development Committee With the UK’s membership of the EU coming under increasingly heavy scrutiny in recent years, wouldn’t it be interesting to know what UK, Luxembourg and Belgian (UK-BeLux) businesses actually think of the EU’s impact on their international activities, and what their business perspectives …

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Help your local community!

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:14
The Bake Off registration for teams has now closed. Looking at the teams, it’s going to be an amazing year for cake, I promise you. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved, we would therefore like to welcome you to the #BXLBAKEOFF launch this evening at 18h00 (for more information, contact Bryony on …

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Scotland is important to us

Blog wordpress - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:05
By Glenn Vaughan, CEO Check out Glenn’s twitter for more thoughts and insights: @GlennVaughan_ There have been plenty of business people putting the economic case for keeping the union. And a fair few putting the opposing argument. Overall, there’ll be costs and dislocation in the short and medium term, but I’m less convinced that the …

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Whoever threatens Uber, threatens progress

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:00
by Peter de Keyzer, Chief Economist BNP Paribas Fortis and author of ‘Growth Makes You Happy’ Keynote speaker of our Expat Financial Affairs conference 2014 Politicians often try to block the rise of disruptive innovators like Uber or Airbnb. Although they call in the welfare of society as an argument to do that, in reality …

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Expat Financial Affairs exhibition

Blog wordpress - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:56
Expat Financial Affairs | 11 October 2014 – 10h30-16h30 | Vlerick Business School Words by Francesca Loparco  If you’re an expat in Belgium and looking for some information about your finance; thinking about buying a house, retiring, investing, or simply wanting to understand the Belgian tax system in a language you understand, then look no …

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Why transparency in TTIP talks is a must for all of us!

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:45
  By Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation TTIP not just trade as usual … While BEUC, the umbrella organisation for 40 consumer organisations in 31 countries, does not traditionally focus on trade related issues – not because trade is not important, but we need to prioritise due to resource constraints – […]
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A European Commission approach to Innovation

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:45
By Robert-Jan Smits Europe is strong on innovation, more than many of us sometimes realise. We have the largest internal market in the world. We are home to many of the world’s leading innovative companies. We are in pole position in many fields of knowledge and key technologies such as health, environmental technologies and transport. […]
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