Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012
20 February 2012
UKTI signs Strategic Agreement with Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe
Susan Haird, Deputy Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the government’s international business development department, and Howard Rosen, President of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE), signed a new Memorandum of Understanding recognising COBCOE’s role as a ‘strategic partner’ in the development of UK trade with Europe.
Part of the drive for this enhanced partnership comes from strategic updates in the two organisations. In May 2011, UKTI launched a new 5-year strategy “Britain Open for Business”. The strategy aims to target more small and medium-sized businesses through business intermediaries to help boost UK growth. Both UKTI and COBCOE share a common ambition to provide high-quality support, networking and assistance to UK-based firms operating in Europe.
The new MoU replaces a previous memorandum dating from 2002. The new MoU will lead to UKTI and COBCOE to developing and trialling new initiatives and extend business support services and other activity to support UKTI’s existing work in Europe.
Susan Haird said: “This is an exciting development. We are delighted to reaffirm our relationship with COBCOE, which dates back more than a decade. The new MoU provides a strong impetus for UKTI and COBCOE to deepen areas of co-operation to deliver support to UK exporters. Discussions on potential new projects are already underway between us. There is real encouraging potential to work more closely together.”
Mr Rosen said: “We know that increased exports will be essential to future economic growth in the UK. Our member chambers across Europe offer a unique business network for the British-based business community; we are really pleased to be able to work in partnership with UKTI to support and assist British exporters develop into new markets”.
Notes to editors
1. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit or telephone +44 207 215 8000. For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at . You can also keep in touch with developments at UKTI through , and .
2. Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) was founded in 1973, COBCOE is an independent and growing non-profit organisation representing operating in 37 countries, giving a voice to over 10,000 businesses across Europe. Acting as an umbrella organisation, COBCOE works with its member Chambers to advance international trade and business with the United Kingdom. It is also a founder member of British Business Worldwide
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