Every year, the FCCGB organises the Franco-British Business Awards, whereby two prizes (Exporter of the Year and Achievement of the Year) are awarded to four companies (two British and two French). The awards are designed to encourage and promote the bilateral trade and economic links that exist between France and the UK. The deadline for applications is 19 September 2008.
The French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (FCCGB) invites all Franco-British businesses that are confident they have achieved considerable commercial success in the past year to submit their entries. The FBBA event is free to enter.
The prizes will be awarded at the Franco-British Business Awards Dinner that will take place on 3 November 2008 at the Mayfair Hotel (in Central London), with Ms Anne-Marie Idrac, France’s State Secretary for Overseas Trade, and Lord Digby Jones, Britain’s Minister of State for Trade & Industry, as Guests of Honour and Keynote Speakers.
Ian Taylor, General Manager for Market Development at Flybe, while referring to the 2007 Award that his company was given, explains: “The acknowledgement of Flybe by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain is a major milestone for us. Unlike many purely aviation-industry awards, Flybe was pitched against a whole range of very experienced and diverse companies and, therefore, winning this award from an industry sector that may not normally be associated with ‘business export’ was particularly gratifying.”
Companies taking part in the FBBA 2008 event will be able to win the following prizes:
• Free active annual membership of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, worth £550;
• Two hours of free business-management consulting, offered by BDO Stoy Hayward (event sponsors);
• Two hours of free corporate legal advice, offered by Cripps Harries Hall LLP (event sponsors);
• A weekend for two people in a Relais Châteaux hotel resort in the UK (stay and flights included), offered by Relais Châteaux, in conjunction with Flybe;
• Press coverage in INFO, which is FCCGB’s bi-monthly magazine INFO;
• Inclusion in a specific press-relations promotional operation aimed at the British press – in the form of a press release announcing the awards’ result – to be carried out by the French Technology Press Bureau (FTPB) on behalf of FCCGB, worth £750. FTPB is the London press bureau of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency.
The FBBA event is free to enter.
Alternatively, please contact Ms Marie-Anne Taillon on 020 7092 6642 (direct telephone line) or mtaillon[.]ccfgb.co.uk (email address).
The event is sponsored by BDO Stoy Hayward, Cripps Harries Hall LLP (Solicitors) and Citroën.
Overview of past Franco-British Business Awards
Past Keynote Speakers:
2007- Mr François David, Chairman & CEO, Coface (France)
2006 - The Rt Hon Geoffrey William Hoon MP, Minister of State for Europe (UK)
2005 - Ms Christine Lagarde, Minister for Foreign Trade (France)
2004 - Dr Denis MacShane, Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK)
2003 - Mr Francois Loos, Minister for Trade & Commerce (France)
Past French Exporters Winners:
2007 - Roset UK
2006 - Massilly France
2005 - Rolland SAS
2004 - Carlier Plastiques SAS
2003 - Laiterie Coopérative d'Echiré
Past British Exporters Winners:
2007 - Plastico Ltd
2006 - Raymarine UK Limited
2005 - Eminox Ltd
2004 - W Jordans (Cereals) Ltd
2003 - Lewmar Ltd
Past French Achievement of the Year Winner:
2007 - Photobox
Past British Achievement of the Year Winner:
2007 - Flybe
About the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain
The French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (FCCGB) – also known by its French initials, ‘CCFGB’, which stand for ‘Chambre de Commerce Française en Grande-Bretagne’ – aims to promote and facilitate Franco-British business and trade relations. FCCGB is headquartered in Holborn, in central London.
The French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain offers a large range of services to companies and organises a variety of events for members, including networking cocktail receptions, seminars, and other prestigious events such as the Annual Gala Dinner or the Annual Financial Lunch.
FCCGB also publishes a bi-monthly magazine called INFO. With a circulation of 5000 copies, INFO is distributed to Franco-British decision makers, all FCCGB members and at Eurostar and Air France Business lounges.
The Franco-British Business Awards (FBBA) are organised each year to celebrate Franco-British Trade relationships.