Chamber of the Year Award winners 2016

The COBCOE Chamber of the Year Awards were presented at the Gala Dinner yesterday evening at the Underglobe, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The winners are:

Chamber of the Year – British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic

Best Small Chamber – British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

Awards for Excellence

Membership Development – British Polish Chamber of Commerce

Events Management – Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Trade Development – British Chamber of Commerce in Spain

Digital Communications – British Bulgarian Business Association

Corporate Social Responsibility – British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence – Mike McKay of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, for almost 30 years of membership, 25 of which have been spent serving as an official in several key roles. 

Read about the COBCOE Make Europe Work! Business Award winners here

Judges' findings

COBCOE Chamber of the Year 2016 British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak RepublicThe British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic (BCCSR) was named Chamber of the Year for the second year running. The judges found that the BCCSR had gone over and above the requirements for a chamber and that the energy of the chamber could almost be felt emanating from the entry form.

The judges also commented that the way the chamber looks after its members is unique and that it continued to impress them with remarkable rises in membership and income. The originality of the business portal also caught the judges attention.

The British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic was named Best Small Chamber for its exceptional trade development and digital communications, for having organised more than 80 events in a year. It had significantly increased income from sponsorship and had an impressive marketing and events strategy together with an excellent CSR programme.

Introducing the Membership Development Award, COBCOE Vice-Chairman David Cracket explained that the judges had to compare growth in newer chambers with retention in mature chambers. The British Polish Chamber had successfully focused on big corporates at events, particularly in the manufacturing sector, thereby attracting B2B service companies.

In 2015, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, winner of the Excellence in Event Management Award, held more than 100 events, providing 'something for everyone' from social to institutional, from business to educational, from breakfast briefings to gala dinners – events which were of interest to both SMEs and multinational companies.

The Trade Development Award went to the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain because this chamber demonstrated a focus on trade development that had resulted in superb models for delivering results for members, stakeholder management and institutional relations. It launched an original research project of great value to the local business community – the Barometer of British Investment in Spain – through its British Investment Committee.

With limited resources, the recently formed British Bulgarian Business Association has sought actively to raise its profile and attract interest through digital communications. It has used a highly structured approach that encompasses its website, mobile apps and social media platforms.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award was presented to the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium for its honest and meaningful approach to a wide range of events linked to CSR, with an emphasis on youth engagement to create new leaders.

The Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence honours the COBCOE Presidency of Howard Rosen, who is now Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee. Introducing the Award, Mr Rosen spoke of Mike McKay's involvement with the Geneva Chapter of the British Swiss Chamber, leading it be widely regarded as the most successful and dynamic business organisation in Anglophone 'international' Geneva and its region, while more than doubling its membership.

"He is still the heartbeat of the British business community in the Geneva area" said Mr Rosen. "Geneva's international business community recognises the rich spread of topical speakers and the programme attracts constsnt interest and the events are frequently sold out" he added, pointing out that Mr McKay also hosts a weekly radio programme on World Radio Switzerland, a popular but serious programme with prominent people conversing on current issues.

Read about the Make Europe Work! Business awards here.



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