UK-France Business Forum, a new structure to strengthen commercial ties between the two countries

“It is fantastic to see that the Forum strengthens the dialogue between companies in areas where the UK and France share business priorities”. These are the terms that the UK ambassador to France expressed on his Twitter account to announce the creation of the UK-France Business Forum. Dame Menna Rawlings indeed inaugurated, on Wednesday 6 July in the premises of her embassy in Paris, the creation of this new structure that brings together the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (FCCGB) and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry – British (FBCCI).

“The Forum is built on a shared commitment by bilateral chambers to bring their respective members together to strengthen business relationships and increase the potential for business opportunities”, explains the British government. Officially recognizing the strength of economic relations between the UK and France, strengthening business-to-business dialogue and promoting business opportunities on both sides of the channel, these are the aims of this UK-France Business Forum, which will focus “on freeing up trade and investment, stimulating job creation and supporting economic growth in all regions” of both countries.

A relationship “bilateral economically important”

During this official launch, many French and British business leaders were present, as well as a delegation from the French Embassy in London, but also Géraldine Filippi from Business France, Sean McGuire from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux from the French business movement (MEDEF).

Thierry Drilhon, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) welcomed the creation of such a structure.“The Franco-British Chamber has been a keen defender of good business relations between France and the United Kingdom since it was founded in Paris in 1873”he remembered before adding, “Since then, we have had periods of great economic growth and turbulence. However, trade cooperation between the two countries has always been strong, especially in 2019, a record year for economic exchanges before the global pandemic. Today we operate under a new paradigm and the strength of our bilateral economic relationship is crucial for tomorrow. It is thanks to initiatives such as the launch of the new UK-France Business Forum that we can achieve this”.

For Fabienne Viala, president of the French Chamber of Commerce in the UK (a structure that has existed for more than 140 years), the UK-France Business Forum is excellent news, even though Brexit took effect a year ago. year. “The events of recent years have sometimes challenged this relationship, but it remains important and enduring”she pointed out “Through this forum we can now offer a platform for French and UK companies to discuss, explore new partnerships and business opportunities and work together to tackle the biggest common business challenges such as climate change, talent acquisition and global supply chain disruption.”.

The UK-France Business Forum, which has a purely commercial appeal, meets every six months, alternating between Paris and London and “will complement other bilateral forums that exist to promote Franco-British relations”as stated by the British Government.

Front page image credit: Twitter / Catherine Le Yaouanc

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