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Annual General Meeting

31-May-2017
The 107th Annual General meeting will present the results of the Presidential elections of the British Chamber. Following the changes in the articles of association, members will also be given the opportunity to vote for a new Council to be put into place. Annual financial statements will also be presented.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Sophie Wilmès – Assessing future priorities and accounting for uncertainty in balancing Belgium’s budget

30-May-2017
We are delighted to present an exclusive lunch briefing hosted by British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose featuring the Belgian Minister of Budget, Sophie Wilmès as the keynote speaker.

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What is new for Expats concerning the Automatic International Financial Information Exchange Systems (CRS, FATCA)? What about the new domestic Belgian tax provisions for Expats? How to go about Financial Planning as an Expat?

11-May-2017
This seminar will provide you with practical advice on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Belgium and the resulting Automatic International Financial Information Exchange. It will also update you on FATCA (for US persons) and inform you on the changes in the domestic Belgian tax provisions that concern Expats in Belgium. In conclusion, as an Expat in Belgium, how should you approach your Financial Planning?

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THE EXPATS GOLF TROPHY 2017

28-Apr-2017
We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the Expats Golf Trophy will take place on the beautifulfairways of Golf Club d’Hulencourt on Friday 28th April 2017. The golf day will start with a buffet lunch in theclubhouse and will be followed by 18 holes on “Le Vallon” course, a champagne cocktail and prize-giving ceremony.Launched in April 2016, the Expats Golf Trophy is an annual event bringing together Belgian based expatriate golfers,

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International Trade in a Changing World

27-Apr-2017
After the success of our Brexit panel in November, we would like to invite you to the next edition: “International Trade in a Changing World- How will a rise in nationalism, Brexit and Trump presidency affect global trade?”   Please join a panel of experts on Thursday, April 27 at 19:00 in the theater. Please go to www.stjohns.be/trade to register. We look forward to welcoming you back to St. John’s!

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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

25-Apr-2017
Celebrate Spring with the British Chamber at this year's Spring Cocktail! We'll be hosted by Regus at the prestigious IT Tower on Avenue Louise. The IT Tower is one of the tallest sky-scrapers in Brussels and provides spectacular views over the city and La Cambre Abbey.We look forward to seeing you there!

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Brexit for Associations - Post Triggering

18-Apr-2017
The Association Leadership Academy and the Federation of International Associations in Belgium (FAIB) are pleased to invite you to the jointly hosted special info-debate on “Brexit for Associations”. Please follow this link to their blog for full details.

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Expat Financial Affairs Ghent

28-Mar-2017
This event will offer essential advice, in English, on managing your finances as an expat in Belgium.Join the short and informative presentations on investment taxations, self-employment and estate planning and get valuable expert advice and direct access to trusted expert partners. 

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Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on the Automotive and Industrial Manufacturing sectors

28-Mar-2017
It now seems likely that the UK's withdrawal from the EU will include leaving the Customs Union, with a view to trading on the basis of a free trade agreement with the EU.

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Extraordinary General Meeting

27-Mar-2017
Following a periodic review of governance arrangements by our Council, members will be asked to approve new articles of association to modernise the working of the British Chamber. Formal notice will be sent in due course and the proposed changes to the articles of association will be further outlined during this session.   To find out who is the voting member from your organisation, please get in touch.  

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Beyond Brexit: Opportunities for Belgian Entrepreneurs

20-Mar-2017
Register here The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium is delighted to invite you to attend an exclusive lunch event organised by Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI) on the topic of Brexit and its effects on Belgium and Brussels.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Rudi Vervoort, Ministre-Président du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale - What Next for Brussels and Businesses?

14-Mar-2017
Rejoignez-nous pour un petit déjeuner exclusif présenté par l'ambassadeur britannique en Belgique, Alison Rose et incluant un discours de Rudi Vervoort, Ministre-Président de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale.Le ministre Vervoort parlera des mesures mises en place par la région de Bruxelles-Capitale en vue de promouvoir le commerce à la suite des attentats de mars 2016.

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Employing EEA and non-EEA nationals in Belgium: What do I need to consider? What could be applicable to British citizens post-Brexit?

23-Feb-2017
The rules to employ EEA nationals vs non-EEA nationals in Belgium are substantially different. The formalities for self-employed persons in Belgium vary also depending whether or not you are an EEA national. Although it is yet too early to know if Brexit would imply more immigration restrictions for UK nationals, during this session our panel of experts will address the issues to consider when employing EEA nationals and non-EEA nationals in Belgium. Topics that will be addressed include:

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Making a Difference - What is Investing with Impact and why should I be taking an interest?

09-Feb-2017
In the long term, the most successful companies will be those that achieve the right balance between their social, environmental, governance and financial performance. Learn how to invest ethically, become more sustainable and subsequently more successful. What is the place for a socially responsible investment as part of a 21st Century Portfolio?

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British Chamber New Years Cocktail

12-Jan-2017
Welcome the New Year by coming to the British Chamber New Years Cocktail at Hotel Amigo on the 12th January! Taste great canapes from Hotel Amigo's chef collaboration with Pascale Naessens around the theme of healthy living (Perfect for those New Year resolutions!).There will be a prize draw so make sure to bring your business cards.Make sure to register for this one.

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Vlerick Expat Event - The Power of Focus

14-Dec-2016
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British Chamber and BBCA Christmas Cocktail

08-Dec-2016
The British Chamber & the Brussels British Community Association Christmas Cocktail is back again for another year on the 8th of December! Get in the Christmas mood and come and join us for an evening of cheer and giving, so dress up in your most festive Christmas outfit and register. To attend click on the register now button or email: Andrew.moore@britishchamber.be

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Trump and Brexit: A long shadow over Europe?

30-Nov-2016
Even if Hillary Clinton wins the US Presidential Election, the political revolution that spawned support for Donald Trump is not dead and the political and economic environment in the US may be changing for ever.  But how will it change? How will it impact Europe? And what is our economic outlook? 

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Golden Bridge Awards 2016 - Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

24-Nov-2016
Join us to celebrate the 20th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Belgian, Luxembourg and British businesses in exporting.CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

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The British Chamber's 2016 London Delegation - Making Brexit Work

24-Nov-2016
Register now for the British Chamber's 2nd annual London Visit, organised in partnership with Interel. Stretching over two full days, the visit is a unique opportunity to meet influencers and decision makers in London and UK business, policy and academia.

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UK property seminar: the key areas to invest

23-Nov-2016
The UK has long stood as the world’s foremost market for secure property acquisitions. Whilst Brexit rocked the boat, the market has proven resilient. Residential property, as you know, is always about the right place at the right time. Join us as we present our property partners to talk through the key areas in the UK to buy now and how to take advantage of the unprecedented currency opportunity. Currently property projects are also available in Berlin, Chicago, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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Brexit's Impact on Belgium

10-Nov-2016
Brexit's impact on BelgiumModerated by former CNN bureau chief & correspondent Patricia KellyPanellists TBCThursday, November 10 at 19:00St. John's International SchoolWaterloo, Belgiumwww.stjohns.beSupported by:The British Chamber of Commerce in BelgiumThe Brussels Times

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Belgium: My home in Europe? The ins and outs of becoming a Belgian voter, dual national and active citizen

25-Oct-2016
How many years have you lived now in Belgium? After the Brexit referendum, do you feel disenfranchised and still feel like a European citizen? Perhaps it’s time to recognise your new roots here in Belgium, demand your voice be heard, volunteer for a local organisation or become a dual citizen.

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Expat Financial Affairs 2016

19-Oct-2016
Expat Financial Affairs offers essential advice in English on managing your finances as an expat in Belgium.

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Diversity Dialogues: Lunch with Elisabeth Werner, Head of Cabinet to Vice President Kristalina Georgieva

18-Oct-2016
“I am happy to see that so many excellent women are working at the highest levels of the Commission, and encouraging other women to do the same”, said Kristalina Georgieva, Commission Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources in a statement early this year.

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British Chamber Autumn Cocktail

12-Oct-2016
Join us for our cocktail 'de la rentrée' where you will have the opportunity to discover the delicious nibbles from Brussels Events, our brand new catering partners.

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Brexit: How will it impact Real Estate in Belgium and the UK?

28-Sep-2016
The vote on the 23rd of June set the wheels in motion for Britain to leave the European Union. The impact it has had so far on Real Estate has been relatively minor, however this could change rapidly depending on the course of events. Join us for an interactive seminar where we will explore and assess the impact of Brexit on Real Estate and what it will mean for property values in the coming months and years.Seminar topics:•    Effects of Brexit so far on Commercial & Residential Real Estate in UK and Belgium•    Where do we currently stand

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The Ambassador Hosts: Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: ‘How will Brexit affect the Belgian Economy and Business Climate?’

19-Sep-2016
Join us for an exclusive lunch briefing with British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Kris Peeters.Deputy Prime Minister Peeters will talk about the effect of Brexit on the Belgian Economy and the creation of a task force in order to prepare for and assess its effects. He will also discuss Belgian labour market reforms, his vision on how to fuel the social dialogue, and how the federal government plans to bridge the gap between employer’s federations and trade unions.

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British Chamber Summer Cocktail

29-Jun-2016
The Summer has arrived and the British Chamber invites you to celebrate with us at our Summer Cocktail! This will be your last chance to network with us before everybody packs up for their holidays and this time we'll be hosted in the gardens of Martin's Hotel Brussels, weather permitting of course! We look forward to seeing you!

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Referendum Results: The Waterloo Moment

24-Jun-2016
Join us at the chamber as the results of the UK's Referendum on EU membership are announcedWe will be hosting an informal breakfast and have live reaction from our speakers:Thomas Spiller, President of the British Chamber of CommerceDave Sinardet, Political Scientist (VUB)Moderator: Glenn Vaughan, CEO of the British Chamber

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Yes2Belgium: A dinner with Prime Minister Charles Michel and the International Business Community

22-Jun-2016
Join the British Chamber and the international business community for a special event with Prime Minister Charles Michel as we say #Yes2Belgium as a place to invest and do business.

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Diversity Dialogues: Making gender-balanced leadership a reality – why men matter !

13-Jun-2016
Leading global companies are increasingly making gender-balanced leadership a top priority. They know there is a compelling ROI and bottom line impact and that it is the smart (and right) thing to do. But how does it work in practice? How are companies engaging men in the process? What are their views, expectations, issues and concerns?

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The Circular Economy: Investing in a greener future

03-Jun-2016
What is the circular economy's impact on our labour markets? Are we ready for this revolution in Europe? Does the private sector have the resources and ambition to make the jump to the circular economy? How do we get clusters and symbiosis between industries progressing where wastes and resources become synonymous between different sectors? What tools and funds are available to drive this long term policy agenda?

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British Chamber Annual General Meeting

25-May-2016
On Wednesday 25th May we host our 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.

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Brexit: what would it mean for my business?

23-May-2016
Are you doing business in or with the UK? Regardless of your opinion on the UK’s upcoming EU referendum, your business will need to prepare for the implications of different post-referendum scenarios, including the impact of a potential Brexit.

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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

12-May-2016
Celebrate Spring with the British Chamber at this year's Spring Cocktail! We'll be hosted by Regus at their premises near to central station and will hear speeches from HE Ambassador Rose and President of the British Chamber, Thomas Spiller. We look forward to seeing you!

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The Ambassador Hosts: Belgian Minister of Finance, Johan Van Overtveldt

04-May-2016
An exclusive lunch with Belgian Minister of Finance, Johan Van Overtveldt, hosted by British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose. Johan Van Overtveldt will answer the following questions: 

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Managing a flexible workforce

26-Apr-2016
The traditional Belgian hiring model is based on permanent employment contracts. However, organisations need increasingly flexible working arrangements to address temporary fluctuations in workload or to staff short-term projects.

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THE EXPATS GOLF TROPHY 2016

22-Apr-2016
The Expats Golf Trophy is a new annual event bringing together Belgian based expatriate golfers, members of different Chambers of Commerce, diplomatic and trade organisations, to create a high quality international networking event in one of Belgium’s leading golf clubs. For more information about the club you can visit www.golfhulencourt.be.

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Belgian tax increase on financial income and automatic international exchange of information: How does it affect your savings and investments?

17-Mar-2016
This seminar will provide updates and practical advice on the increase in Withholding Tax on Interest and Dividend Income, the new Speculation Tax on Capital Gains, and the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard in Belgium.

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UK Referendum and Associations: EU and UK perspectives

17-Mar-2016
The only Brexit event focused on associations. Whichever way the UK referendum vote on EU membership goes, things will not be the same...

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Major-General Frederik Vansina, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, on Belgium’s Defence Agenda in the new security order: the Air Component example

14-Mar-2016
With the recent security threats with in Belgium and throughout the EU we expect to see heightened security measures and security changes. We are delighted to be welcoming Major-General Frederik Vansina, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, to discuss Belgium’s Defence Agenda in the new security order.Over an exclusive dinner, Major-General Vansina will provide a short key note speech which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

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Data Protection – Safe Harbour and the General Data Protection Regulation

09-Mar-2016
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! This seminar will discuss the current legal framework and guidance for transfers of personal data out of the EU, and give an overview of the key changes to EU data protection law under the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Diversity Dialogues: Creating a corporate culture that embraces diversity

29-Feb-2016
Join us at this first Diversity Dialogues event of 2016. The ‘listen and learn’ session will feature three experienced practitioners in diversity from well-known companies based in Belgium. They will share their own experiences, challenges, lessons learned, advice and perspectives on some of the different dimensions that make up diversity in business, in particular age, culture and gender.

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Self-employed? Don’t wait till it’s too late: investigate tax-efficient pension options

24-Feb-2016
Learn how the latest tax changes to pension retirement age may affect you!

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British Chamber New Year's Cocktails

18-Jan-2016
Welcome in the new year with the British Chamber and the Brussels British Community Association at our New Year's networking cocktail!

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The Ambassador Hosts: Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: ‘How is the security agenda relevant to business in Belgium?’

15-Dec-2015
Join us for an exclusive breakfast briefing with British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Jan Jambon.   Deputy Prime Minister Jambon will talk about the role of business in police and immigration-related tasks, the importance of a robust security response to threats to assure business of a safe working environment, and the role of data and personal information in security.  

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British Chamber Christmas Lunch

11-Dec-2015
Switch off your emails, put on your flashing santa hats and celebrate the Christmas season with the chamber team over a delicious Christmas inspired menu titled ‘A Suitably Boozy Affair’.We will have our annual general knowledge quiz with the winning table receiving prizes kindly provided by Diageo.MenuStarter:Foie Gras Terrine with chicon confit and black saltV - Wild Mushroom Terrine with a Brulee Topping.Main:

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Internal Market Summit

04-Dec-2015
Programme: Opening keynote (09:30-10:00)

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British Chamber and BBCA Christmas Cocktail CANCELLED

01-Dec-2015
Although the security threat level has gone down yesterday, larger events are still considered problematic. Therefore, The British Embassy decided to cancel the cocktail at the Residence on the 1st of December. Unfortunately, we won’t have the opportunity to reschedule it before the end of the year.

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Golden Bridge Awards 2015 - Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

26-Nov-2015
Join us to celebrate the 19th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Belgian, Luxembourg and British businesses in exporting.

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Commercial Real Estate in Brussels: trends, opportunities, and new ways of working

18-Nov-2015
Real Estate markets touch and affect businesses throughout the world. As the markets change, however, new opportunities and threats present themselves. Join us for an interactive seminar where trends and opportunities in Real Estate will be explained and analysed, as well as have all your questions on property answered. The seminar will also analyse how the ways of working in different industries have changed, where they are now and in which direction they are heading.

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The Better Regulation Agenda: how can it deliver for consumers, businesses and society?

12-Nov-2015
A high-level panel discussion on the European Commission’s Better Regulation agenda and how it translates into competitiveness and jobs. The debate will feature key business and policy stakeholders and will be followed by a networking reception and walking dinner. The Better Regulation agenda has a very clear and worthwhile goal: to reduce EU bureaucracy and excessive governmental involvement in the policy making process and of course business activity. The key question is how the agenda will influence companies and their operations.

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London Visit

09-Nov-2015
Register now for the British Chamber's unique London visit.

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HRcoreACADEMY

21-Oct-2015
In collaboration with the British Chamber, Teneo is pleased to invite you to our HRcoreACADEMY2 which will be held on the 21st & 22nd of October in Brussels.The HRcoreACADEMY² (general agenda link) will feature 2 parallel seminars:- 9th 'Excellence in Talent Management' seminar (agenda link)

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Contemporary Challenges in International Mobility: An HR and Tax Perspective

20-Oct-2015
Learn about timely global talent management and related expatriate tax, equity and payroll matters. Discuss both best practice and contingency approaches to international assignments and listen to a variety of expert speakers! Join this evening seminar to network with fellow global talent and international mobility management professionals!Program

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Diversity Dialogues

19-Oct-2015
Diversity is no longer a side issue; it is a business reality. This networking session is the first in a new series of British Chamber activities to encourage and advance the dialogue on different aspects and issues related to diversity in business and society. Event speakers include Erik Kerkhoffs (Microsoft), Steven Maisel (Fitch Bennett Partners), and Joanna Maycock (European Women’s Lobby). We are also pleased to be supported by JUMP and Professional Women International for this event.

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"Ceci n'est pas une ville" - the Role of Business in Future Cities

12-Oct-2015

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Expat Financial Affairs

03-Oct-2015
Get free personalised advice from our experts at this year's Expat Financial Affairs!​

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British Chamber Autumn Cocktail

22-Sep-2015
Join us on Tuesday 22 September to celebrate ‘la rentrée’!

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Webinar: Public Relations in Belgium

22-Sep-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Porter Novelli, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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Webinar: Finance & Tax in Belgium

17-Sep-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include PwC, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Please register here.

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Art and Design Sessions by BMW - Terry O'Neill Photo Exhibition

16-Sep-2015
Registrations for this event are now closed.

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The Future of Europe: the UK's role in the EU, and impact of the EU on British business life

15-Sep-2015
What are the greatest challenges the European project is facing, and how is this reflected in the current UK debate? What types of EU reforms are necessary to address these challenges, and what would be the implications for the UK and other member states? What role does business play in this process, and what would be the consequences for employers in Britain of a change in the UK’s status in the EU? What impact can the UK referendum have on European integration in the long term?

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Webinar: Employing people in Belgium

02-Sep-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Group S and Starfish MRM, Accredited Service Providers to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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Webinar: Language in the Benelux

13-Aug-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This session will give an overview of Benelux language and culture. Speakers include Purple Mill, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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UK - EU relations with Alison Rose British Ambassador to Belgium

03-Jul-2015
Join us for a breakfast briefing with Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium, who will discuss EU-UK relations.

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Webinar: Law in Belgium

02-Jul-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. This second session will give an overview of Belgian law. Speakers include McGuireWoods, Accredited Service Provider to the chamber.This webinar is mainly intended for UK companies considering whether to export or invest in Belgium, but everyone interested is welcome to join.

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The future of business in a connected digital economy – an exclusive business breakfast with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo

01-Jul-2015
What will an increasingly connected digital economy really mean for business? And what role does the digitalisation of companies in 'traditional industries' play, compared to that of digitally born tech start-ups, as a means to increase competitiveness?

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British Chamber Summer Cocktail

24-Jun-2015
The Rugby World Cup 2015 is fast approaching. The British Chamber and The Fry Group invite you to our Summer Cocktail to celebrate the eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup.

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What Does Italy Need From A Reformed Europe? Lunch with Corrado Passera, Leader of Italia Unica

24-Jun-2015
Italia Unica is a political alliance trying to unite the centre right of the political spectrum in Italy and putative opposition to current Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.

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Webinar: Export or Invest in Belgium?

11-Jun-2015
UKTI and the chamber are partnering for a new series of webinars on doing business in Belgium. In this first online session, three of the chamber's Accredited Service Providers - Invest in Wallonia (AWEX), Flanders Investment & Trade, and BDO - will provide an introduction to the main differences between exporting and investing in Belgium.

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Antitrust Law for Trade Associations

09-Jun-2015
Trade association contacts and activities between competitors can serve a host of pro-competitive goals, but European and national antitrust rules prohibit certain types of conduct between competitors. It is essential that trade associations be aware of these rules and exercise diligence in observing them.

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UK Security Technology exhibition 2015

28-May-2015
Hosted by UK Trade & Investment and showcasing the best of British state-of-the-art security technology, the UK Security Technology exhibition is one of the biggest events in this field in Belgium. With a wide range of exhibitors from the high-tech security sector, this event brings together an exclusive network of security professionals enabling and facilitating high level trade.

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Annual President's dinner with Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman IBM Europe

27-May-2015
Join us for the Annual President's Dinner to welcome our newly elected President and hear from our keynote speaker Harry van Dorenmalen, of IBM Europe, who will be talking about keeping business competitive in a global market.This is an excellent opportunity to network with senior colleagues addressing strategic business questions and meet the new leadership team of the most successful British Chamber in Europe. Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman IBM Europe General Manager IBM Benelux

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Annual General Meeting and Office relaunch

27-May-2015
Join us for our Annual General Meeting with a keynote speech from Ivan Rogers, UK Permanent Representative to the EU.You will also be able to have a look at our refurbished and expanded office space.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Geert Bourgeois, Minister President - "How will the new government programme make Flanders more attractive to business?"

18-May-2015
Merging a number of official institutions and rationalizing the functioning of the state are amongst the ideas put forward by the Flemish government, which aims to bridge a budget deficit of €1.4 billion in 2015.

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European Business Summit 2015

06-May-2015
The British Chamber is a supporting partner of the European Business Summit 2015. As part of our cooperation, we are pleased to offer a limited number of summit tickets to chamber members at a particularly attractive price (50% off the full €890 fee).

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British Chamber Spring Cocktail

05-May-2015
The British Chamber Council elections have just begun, join us at our Spring Cocktail, meet the candidates running in the elections and find out how to vote.

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Panel debate: “Generation Jobless”

04-May-2015
Join the British Chamber and JA Europe for a panel debate on the need for collaboration between governments, employers, educational institutions and civil society organisations to improve the youth employment situation in Europe. 

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'Unequal Europe: what can we do?' An exclusive business lunch with Frank Vandenbroucke

28-Apr-2015
Historically, the European project was synonymous with increasing prosperity and cohesion, both across member states (through ‘upward convergence’) and within member states. Today, the European Union is confronted with widening social imbalances among its member states, notably in the Eurozone, and widening social imbalances within a number of member states. 

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Lamborghinis for all? New UK Pension Rules explained

26-Mar-2015
April  2015 will see the biggest, and most popular, reform to UK pensions in more than a generation. This seminar will  explain how the new rules will work in practice and what you can do to ensure that you are able to take full advantage of the changes. It will also cover the implications for QROPS (Qualifying Overseas Pensions Schemes). As quoted by  the UK pensions minister

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UK Tech Ecosystem for Startups

26-Mar-2015
Interactive panel debate on access to funding and business growth in the UK.

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Is there a place for Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the judicial fight against corruption?

23-Mar-2015
Agreements reached under judicial supervision between prosecutors and organisations or individuals, commonly known as Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) in the UK and US, are becoming increasingly widespread in the fight against financial crime.

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Employer’s Guide for Quality Internships

12-Mar-2015
The European Youth Forum and partners, hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, would like to cordially invite you to the launch of the ‘Employers Guide for Quality Internships’ to be held on the 12 March, 18:00 at the offices of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

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The Ambassador Hosts: Minister-President of Wallonia, Paul Magnette: "How will Plan Marshall 4.0 make Wallonia more attractive to business?"

02-Mar-2015
Join us for lunch with HMA Alison Rose and Minister–President of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, who will present his government’s new plan, Marshall 4.0, and discuss the practical implications of the plan on the business conditions and attractiveness of Wallonia for trade and investment.  

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Demystifying dismissals: lessons learnt after year one of the new dismissal rules

26-Feb-2015
1 January 2014 saw the introduction of new dismissal rules in Belgium. Since then it is no longer possible to include probationary periods in employment contracts, employees can no longer claim the Claeys Formula and the same dismissal rules apply to both blue-collar and white-collar employees.

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Implementing an effective fringe benefits policy: how to increase your employees’ pocket salary without your labour cost exploding

05-Feb-2015
Which benefits can I offer to my employees? As an employer, will I have to pay social contributions on the benefits I chose, and will my employees be taxed on them? Do the social security administration and the tax administration always classify benefits the same way? Your options may also be affected by these new labour and social law measures announced by the new federal government:

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Building and delivering innovation through high value manufacturing: the Nissan case

04-Feb-2015
Innovation is stimulating growth in the manufacturing sector by helping businesses and research institutions accelerate new concepts into commercial reality. At this networking lunch, Nissan and Sunderland City Council will talk about how they have collaborated to deliver a world leading automotive sector and the lessons learnt from this close strategic relationship between public and private sectors.

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British Chamber New Year Networking Cocktail

29-Jan-2015
Join us for the first networking cocktail of the year at the luxurious Amigo Hotel. Besides marking the start of the New Year together, we will put the spotlight on Trade & Investment, by celebrating recent achievements and upcoming initiatives, including the launch of the 2015 Golden Bridge Awards.

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The Finance Function of the Future

25-Nov-2014
At a time when growth opportunities are hard to identify and execute, Finance functions are increasingly challenged to provide their organisations with a strategic edge. The challenges from new and existing stakeholders around external communication and reporting are also putting increased pressure on Finance at a time when minimising costs is important. Given these challenges, is your Finance function ready for the future?

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Smart Cities: Belgium

25-Nov-2014
On November 25th, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will host a webinar about Smart Cities: Belgium.

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Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards

20-Nov-2014
Join us to celebrate the 18th annual Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards. In the company of business leaders, trade and investment representatives, and other members of the Chamber, the Awards recognise the achievements of Benelux and British businesses in exporting.

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Vlerick Expat Event

19-Nov-2014
Give your career new inspiration during your stay in Belgium and join the Vlerick Expat Event at Vlerick Campus Brussels on 19 November! The keynote address ‘ Dancing with wolves - a new look on managing intercultural conflict ’ given by Smaranda Boros and Ralf Wetzel - 2 inspiring Vlerick Professors - will certainly give you food for thought as it sets a vibrant, congenial tone for this unique expat evening.

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High Level Networking Event: Marine, Logistics & Energy for UK Companies in Belgium

06-Nov-2014
Cross border trade is about to receive a boost.  Are you aware that the European Union’s new funding programmes for the next seven years are about to start with an opportunity to access millions of euros?  The EU commits significant funds in pursuit of cross border goals that encourage public private and voluntary sectors across Europe to work together, learn and make efficiency savings through shared innovation and investments.

Business ContactsExportingNetworking EventsNETWORKINGBI-LATERAL TRADE & INVESTMENTBusiness DvptTrade Missions
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Buy from Startups

23-Oct-2014
Buy From Startups will bring startups in direct contact with decision makers in big corporates, creating an opportunity for startups to secure crucial first reference customers - and for corporates, an opportunity to discover truly innovative solutions.

Networking EventsNETWORKINGBusiness Dvpt
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‘A Great British Success Story’ - JLR’s story of recovery to global success

14-Oct-2014
Join us for this high-level panel debate with Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Executive Director, Mike Wright, Employment Committee and West Midlands MEP, Siôn Simon, and DG Enterprise Industrial Policy Director, Carlo Pettinelli. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

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Expat Financial Affairs 2014: growth makes you happy

11-Oct-2014
Are you an expat in Belgium? Are you struggling to find financial advice relevant to your status? The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium wants to help, and has invited a number of experts to come and share their knowledge and experience on all sorts of financial issues for expatriates living in Belgium.

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British Chamber Autumn Cocktail

24-Sep-2014

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University and Business Partnerships - Creating Commercial Opportunities and Fostering Growth

19-Sep-2014
Successful partnerships between universities and companies are central to how higher education is helping companies to deliver innovation and to boost competitiveness. This is a key target for companies, governments and the European Union.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTNETWORKING
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British Chamber Summer Networking Cocktail

26-Jun-2014
Join us as we welcome in the Brussels summer at our Networking Cocktail at Hotel le Chatelain.  We will be launching the results of our first Business Confidence Survey done in collaboration with the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and open the call for applications for our prestigious Golden Bridge Awards.

Export AwardsBI-LATERAL TRADE & INVESTMENTNETWORKINGCocktails
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Waking up to Dawn Raids: Lessons for in-house counsel and company management post Nexans judgment

04-Jun-2014
White & Case senior associate Alexandra Rogers recently acted in the Nexans case where the EU General Court ruled for the first time that the Commission must have reasonable grounds to conduct a surprise inspection.  In this seminar, she will discuss the impact of the ruling and a range of other legal issues relating to dawn raids.

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Annual President’s dinner with Joost Van Roost President ExxonMobil Benelux

22-May-2014
The business relationships between Benelux and the UK are hugely Important to all of us, so what better way to celebrate another successful year at our AGM, than with one of our newest member firms, for whom it’s equally important – ExxonMobil.

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UK Referendum on Europe: Does it matter to your business?

19-May-2014
Britain could conceivably vote to leave the European Union in a few years’ time. So what? What would be the practical implications for businesses and how might you plan? Who should be interested?

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Accounting training : Basic Terms and Concepts

13-May-2014
Dates:Tuesday 13 May 2014, 13.00-17.30          Tuesday 20 May 2014, 13.00-17.30 These terms include transactions, credits, debits, assets, liabilities, equity, expenses, cash flow, depreciation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc. They are basic, and they will probably clear up any confusion you may have had in the past when talking with your Accountant, Auditor or Controller. Who Should Attend

Personal DevelopmentTrainingFinancial ReportingFINANCETax Management
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Digital & Social Media Monitoring Workshop

08-May-2014
This interactive seminar, co-hosted with UKTI Belgium, will provide insight on current opportunities in digital media monitoring. The workshop will be tailored toward public affairs strategy, but will be applicable to a broader audience as well.

Brand ManagementICTTrade MissionsBusiness DvptBI-LATERAL TRADE & INVESTMENTDigital Marketing
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Demystifying pensions in Belgium

10-Apr-2014
Whether you are mid career or approaching retirement, this free presentation aims to Demystify pensions in Belgium so you can feel confident about the financial decisions you make between now and retirement.

FINANCEPersonal FinanceTaxation
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Keeping Belgium competitive in the global market

08-Apr-2014
Minister Geen’s recent proposal to reduce the tax burden on the Belgian economy by €6 billion is part of a raft of measures by the CD&V party aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the Belgian economy, recently hit hard by the Euro crisis, and under pressure in the longer term due to an ageing population and an increasingly competitive global market.        

This event is held under Chatham House rule

CompetivenessINNOVATION
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