Don’t be the Russell Brand of speechwriting and other top tips

Blog wordpress - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:30
Words by Bryony Morse As part of our Professional Development Series, the Brussels New Generation (BNG) welcomed Ryan Heath to give us a unique insight in to the mysterious profession of speech-writing. Ryan’s extensive experience in speech-writing for the previous President José Manuel Durão Barroso and his Vice-President for Competition, Neelie Kroes, meant he was …

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Introducing: Martin van Wunnik, ARSIMA Projects

Blog wordpress - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:09
Last week we launched our call for nominations for our 2015-2017 Council. Martin van Wunnik, one of our newest members of Council, has kindly shared his thoughts about the importance of the British Chamber not only for his own business, but for his own personal development too. For more information on the Council nominations process …

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[IMAGES] Lord Soames speaking at the British Chamber’s 1981 Annual Banquet

Blog wordpress - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:15
Back on this very day in 1981, the son-in-law of Winston Churchill and Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Soames made a speech at the chamber’s Annual Banquet. This was a time of great uncertainty economically and Britain’s membership to the EU. It’s not too distant from what we’re facing today, eh?! #TBT #Brexit …

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Introducing: Glynis Whiting, President of the British Chamber

Blog wordpress - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:00
Today the British Chamber has launched the Council and Presidential Elections 2015-2017. Glynis Whiting, our incumbent President, has written about the successes and progresses she has been a part of as her four years of being President of the British Chamber. For more information on the Council nominations process and timeline, please follow this link. …

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Making Internships Better Makes Sense

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Words by Glenn Vaughan, CEO, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium While we’ve grown and developed our professional team we’re always trying to deliver even more for members. So getting the best out of our team – including interns – is essential. That’s why today, I’m committing the chamber to a brand new standard for …

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Congratulations, you are a winner – now what?

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:30
Words by James Pearson, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium Belgium is the UK’s 7th largest export market (source: UK Trade & Investment Belgium), whereas Belgium is the 11th biggest investor into the UK.  Belgium is not only easily accessible as a neighbouring country to the UK with a somewhat similar way of doing business, …

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Protected: Introducing: Sean Murray, Vice President British Chamber

Blog wordpress - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:11
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Protected: Introducing: Beverley Robinson, Vice President British Chamber

Blog wordpress - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:06
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Brexit: the sum of its parts

Blog wordpress - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:00
By Inge Boets, Managing Director Porter Novelli Brexit, the construed term to allude to the UK’s potential separation from the European Union, has been a trending topic for the past two years to the point that has become part of its brand identity. Disenchantment with the EU has been a common occurrence since the UK …

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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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