Thames Valley is first UK COBCOE member

Thames Valley Chamber going global 2016Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group is the first UK chamber of commerce to become a COBCOE member. Until a change to the COBCOE articles of association at the AGM in April, members had to be based in continental Europe.

Covering an important area to the west of London, Thames Valley Chamber is the leading voice of businesses for the region. The chamber represents businesses of all sizes, from micro to multinational organisations, driving better economic conditions and new opportunities for members and the wider community.

Paul Britton, Chief Executive of the chamber, said: "Joining the established COBCOE network provides Thames Valley Chamber and our aspiring international customers with unique and valuable commercial opportunities. We are delighted to be the UK's first chamber member." 

Thames Valley Chamber has a strong international focus and was one of the first chambers to become a network on the COBCOE Connects platform to help businesses find trusted contacts in new markets. It recently launched a new global membership package which includes membership of COBCOE Connects.

Anne-Marie Martin, COBCOE Chief Executive, said: "We are both pleased and excited to have such an internationally focused and forward thinking chamber on board as our first UK member. This brings a whole new dimension to our membership offering and will be of tremendous benefit to Thames Valley Chamber members and the businesses within our membership network across Europe."

The Thames Valley region is one of the highest performing in Europe. It  accounted for 15% of the UK's exports in 2016 and is the UK home of many global brands, including 11 of the world’s top 15 tech companies. It also ranks highly for economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.


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Pictured above (left to right) at the Thames Valley Chamber Going Global launch May 2017: Dr Kegang Wu, Market Specialist, China Desk; Glynis Whiting, COBCOE Vice Chair and COBCOE Connects representative; Masako Eguchi-Bacon, Associate on the Japan Desk; Anne-Marie Martin, COBCOE Chief Executive; Anne White, Head of International Trade, Thames Valley Chamber; Paul Britton, CEO Thames Valley Chamber.


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