Virtual events

During the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond we are supporting Chambers and member businesses with online events and webinars. Click on the sections below to see our upcoming events:

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See the full programme of events below including.....

In conversation with Gordon Brown

  • Tuesday 27 October
  • 12:00 - 13:00 (UK time)
  • Open to all
  • Register here

Join Dr Adam Marshall and Gordon Brown as they talk about the Restart, Rebuild and Renew campaign and what the UK and Global market need to do to rebuild the economy. See more details in the Leadership Programme tab below.

'Countdown to Change' ChamberCustoms Series

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Don’t miss our topical and interactive webinars, designed to count down to the end of the EU Transition period.

Tune in to hear practical information and advice on what businesses need to do now in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021. Designed to guide businesses through the jargon and complexities of Customs processes and ensure they understand what change is required.

Hosted by Customs expert Liam Smyth and members of the wider Chamber Network, these highly relevant and engaging webinars will guide businesses through the complexity of change in our import and export processes, systems and controls from 1 January 2020.

Webinars marking 100 days and 75 days have now taken place and we were delighted to be joined on these calls by:

  • The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office
  • Colleagues from HM Revenue and Customs

Dates for the remaining webinars are listed below - book now with your local Chamber:

Webinar 3: 50 days to go

Wednesday 11 November

10:00 – 11:00

Webinar 4: 30 days  to go 

Tuesday 1 December

10:00 – 11:00

Click here to register

Leadership Programme

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Dr Adam Marshall in conversation with Gordon Brown

Build back stronger - a global approach to tackling and rebuilding a stronger resilient economic model fit for the future

  • Tuesday 27 October
  • 12:00 - 13:00 (UK time)
  • Open to all
  • Register here

We are delighted to present world-renowned political leader Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the Labour Party, in conversation with Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC.

This fascinating and unmissable debate, the latest in the BCC’s Leadership Programme, will address one of the biggest economic crises of our time – a global pandemic that has impacted the lives of all peoples, countries and economies across the world – and the importance of global cooperation to find solutions. They will explore lessons learnt from past recessions, in particular the differences and similarities with the last major economic crash of 2008.

We will hear their thoughts on the immediate interventions and future strategic considerations which are needed to address a catastrophic fallout, including inevitable job cuts, which will lead to unprecedentedly high levels of unemployment. They will also discuss how to restart, rebuild and renew our economy, in order to ensure long-term sustainable growth and a more robust and resilient global economy that can better defend itself against future major world events.

Finally, the former Prime Minister and Dr Marshall will also consider those big universal challenges: a new way to trade as we move into new future international trade relationships, future tech-driven industries and a need for relevant skills, climate change, diverse representative leaders, and UK’s continued competitiveness and its role as a global leader in these and other areas.

There will also be an opportunity to put questions to Gordon Brown, in this unmissable virtual event.

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister (2007-2010), Chancellor (1997-2007) and as MP in his home county, Fife (1983-2015).

He is the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and a passionate advocate for children’s rights and educational opportunity for all. Gordon chairs the Education Commission, the Education Cannot Wait HLSG and the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict.

Gordon is the author of several books including Beyond the Crash and My Life, Our Times.

Dr Adam Marshall in conversation with Philip Hammond

Tackling the economic challenges of Coronavirus and the end of the UK Transition period

We are proud to present the next event in the BCC’s prestigious Leadership Programme. Philip Hammond, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary, will be joining us to share his thoughts on the current economic climate and how to drive the economy forward.

This fascinating conversation with Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, will address the challenges faced by UK business as a result of one of the biggest economic crises of our time, and new ways we will interact and trade with the rest of the world after the end of the Transition period.

Discussions will reflect on what policy interventions are needed to weather this unprecedented economic storm. They will explore a potential road to the recovery of future resilience and sustainability in businesses, discussing innovation and new technologies as drivers for enhanced productivity, new skills and jobs and a stronger economy.

Philip Hammond

Philip has had a distinguished career in British politics as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2019. He held a range of Senior cabinet posts, most recently serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019. Prior to this, he served as Foreign Secretary (2014-2016), Defence Secretary (2011- 2014) and Transport Secretary (2010-2011).

Before entering Parliament in 1997, Philip had a wide-ranging business career spanning the house-building and property, healthcare equipment and oil and gas sectors.

As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip focussed on the long-term productivity challenges facing the UK economy and was a strong advocate for the Financial Services sector, and especially for the fast-growing Fintech sector. He championed the cause of SMEs and the need for greater access to long-term growth capital to allow successful British start-ups to scale up in the UK, rather than seeking capital overseas.

Global Trade

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Accessing Finance to Trade with the World

Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, in conversation with Anne-Marie Martin, Director of Global Networks at the BCC

  • Tuesday 17 November
  • 12:00 - 12:45 (UK Time)
  • Open to all
  • Register here

The impact of the global pandemic on all economies across the world means that trading goods and services internationally has never been more important.

One of the most regularly mentioned barriers to international trade has been limited access to adequate and secure financing arrangements, to enable businesses to grow international trade activity or expand their global footprint through major global projects.

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency, provides both finance and insurance solutions - in partnership with the private sector -for companies that want to export globally.

Their latest report shows that they have provided £4.4 billion support for UK exports to 69 countries. 77% of the companies UKEF have directly supported were SMEs and 88% of these were based outside of London.

Join Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, and Anne-Marie Martin, Director of Global Networks at the BCC, for a fascinating and topical discussion on the future of global trade. They will be examining how companies in the UK can access finance and insurance to help them deliver projects, in particular large investment projects in emerging economies across the world.

The wide-ranging conversation will cover why exporting is so important to the economic recovery for every nation, however large or small. They will also explore how UKEF’s 2020-2024 business plan aims to help companies, particularly SMEs, as they recover from the aftermath of the pandemic, as the economy moves into recovery and renewed growth.

Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor is Chief Executive of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency. He is also a Director General in the Department for International Trade, and a member of its Executive Committee and Management Board.

Before joining UKEF, Louis held a range of senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, including from 2013 to 2015 as Chief Operating Officer of Group Treasury, based in London. Before that, he spent three years as the bank’s CEO for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, based in Ho Chi Minh City. During this time he was also Vice Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Eurocham). He joined Standard Chartered in London in 2004, working in Group Corporate Development, which undertakes the bank’s acquisitions, divestments and other inorganic growth initiatives.

His earlier career included eight years working for JP Morgan in debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, and five years in corporate development and strategy with two industrial companies, Cookson Group plc and BTR plc.

Louis is a trustee of the charity Sightsavers, which prevents sight loss and promotes equal rights for people with disabilities. He is also a former chair of trustees of the charity Music in Prisons, which runs music education projects to help rehabilitate offenders, and a former chair of governors of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has an MA in Law from Cambridge University.

Global Market updates

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Coronavirus: market update from the African nations

  • Thursday 19 November
  • 12:00 - 13:30 (UK Time)
  • Open to Chamber employees only
  • Register here

In this market update event, Anne-Marie Martin is joined by colleagues from:

  • UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce;
  • British Chamber of Commerce Kenya;
  • Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce; and
  • British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa.

Together they will discuss the impact that Coronavirus has had on business and trade with the UK across the four nations as well as new opportunities.

Global Trade Month 2020 - September is USA Month

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Join us in September for a month long programme featuring one of our closest trading nations - USA. We are proud to deliver this month in association with our newest Global Business Network member, British American Business, a leading transatlantic trade organisation.

Global Panel Insights: The impact of world events on key industry sectors and emerging opportunities in a new technology-driven world

  • Tuesday 15 September
  • 16:00 - 17:00 (UK Time)
  • Open to all (Chamber Members and non-members)
  • Register here

This joint event organised with British American Business (BAB) and delivered with the support of BlueStone will look at the future industry sector opportunities in our technology-driven world.

Delegates will gain a thorough understanding of the bilateral trade and business opportunities that exist between the UK and the USA.

Panel speakers include:

  • Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business
  • Antony Phillipson, British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America
  • Mark Rapson, Director at BlueStone Services
  • Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector, Department of Commerce
  • Lee Robson, Executive Director, Local Market Access and Policy, Merck
  • Zia Yusuf, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Boston Consulting Group

Read more about our panel speakers

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business

Duncan Edwards is the Chief Executive of BritishAmerican Business, the leading transatlantic trade organization of some 450 companies, which has an ongoing mission to support policies which protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment in, and between, the USA and the UK. He is a regular contributor to policy debates and is a frequent media commentator on US UK relations.

Prior to this, Duncan Edwards spent over 30 years as a media executive in London and New York of which 27 years were spent at the Hearst Corporation. His most recent role at Hearst was president and CEO of the international magazine and digital media company, a business with activities in more than 60 countries which he led to record levels through acquisition and organic growth.

A British citizen, he currently lives in New York and Connecticut where he can often be found on long runs in the hills.

Antony Phillipson, British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America

Antony Phillipson was announced as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America in February 2018. He became Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York in November 2017. Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993. He has held a number of posts in Her Majesty’s Government.

Previous roles include:

  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington
  • Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group
  • High Commissioner to Singapore
  • Director (EU External), European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU)

Antony has a degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Mark Rapson, Director at BlueStone Services

Mark Rapson is a Director at BlueStone Services and its parent company KatzAbosch. He has nearly 20 years of experience helping clients deliver world-class compliance in their organizations. Mark works with a range of US subsidiaries of international organizations from assisting them in establishing a US presence to support for back-office accounting, tax and human resource functions.

Thanks to Mark and his colleagues at BlueStone for sponsoring the Global Panel Insights event.

Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce in 2018 as the Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector, Robin was the Vice President, Business Development, for Greater Spokane Inc., Spokane County’s Associate Development Organization. During her thirteen plus years with GSI, Robin worked with more than 100 companies that selected the Spokane region for their corporate relocation or expansion projects. These projects created an economic impact of more than $1 billion to the area, and the companies created almost 10,000 jobs. She also served the City of Spokane as a project manager, working on the Spokane University District formation and an award-winning EPA brownfields cleanup of a former railroad site. Robin’s experience also included positions as the marketing and communications director for information technology companies like Ciena, Alcatel and Itron.

Zia Yusuf, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Boston Consulting Group

Zia Yusuf is a core member of Boston Consulting Group’s Technology Advantage, and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices. Since joining BCG in 2015, Zia has worked with a wide range of technology and telecom clients on issues related to software, technology strategy, and the resulting go-to-market approach, including pricing, ecosystem strategy, and digital transformation to drive growth. He is also BCG’s global lead for its Internet of Things (IoT) business which continues to expand as more companies “connect to the real world” and leverage sensor-enabled data. Zia also helped drive the creation of BCG’s Silicon Valley office, and is BCG’s Lead for Silicon Valley to help drive the connection between the innovation ecosystem of startups and VC firms to global clients.

Zia was also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University's Design School, where he taught classes on user-centered design for software companies and approaches to scaling design thinking for large organizations to accelerate innovation.

Before joining BCG, Zia was CEO of Streetline Inc., a leading IoT startup providing sensor-enabled smart city solutions. Prior to that he was an executive vice president and member of the leadership team at SAP, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Ventures. He also worked at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank Group.

BCC responds to enhanced Coronavirus support for businesses

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses and jobs as Coronavirus restrictions increase.

BCC responds to 'time is running out’ campaign

BCC Director General Adam Marshall responds to the launch of the government’s ‘time is running out’ campaign, urging businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Chambers of Commerce challenge PM to meet five business tests for Covid restrictions

In a letter to the Prime Minister, BCC Director General Adam Marshall, President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith and Chamber CEOs from across the United Kingdom set five business tests that must be met to limit the impact of new restrictions on businesses and jobs and take a long-term approach to tackling the pandemic.

BCC and Drax: Breaking down climate barriers for businesses

As part of the Race to Zero, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in collaboration with energy company Drax Group, is calling on the government to use the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement to work in partnership with businesses to achieve the UK’s climate goals, as many firms continue to manage the impact of Coronavirus.