Charging ahead in Romania

Agata Stefan, BRCC, is presented with the COBCOE award for Membership DevelopmentThe British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) has charged ahead in 2017. It has opened two new regional offices, in Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, and appointed a new representative in London to advise on developing the chamber's UK presence.

Working alongside government to deliver on-demand trade services for UK companies, the BRCC has, naturally, focused its efforts on providing support in Romania. But post-Brexit, the chamber wants to be at the forefront of driving British companies to increase their trade and investment with a market for too long overlooked. This means new efforts to make businesses see and understand Romania as it is — a country of untapped opportunity, one rich in natural resources, full of investment potential and a burgeoning logistics hub.

This was the thinking behind the BRCC's recent partnering with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Emerging Europe to deliver the Outlook on Romania Conference on June 14. This was the leading Romania-centred investment and market discovery event of the year. Featuring keynote addresses from Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, UK Minister of State for International Trade, Mircea Geoană, President of the Aspen Institute, Romania, and Matteo Patrone, EBRD Director for Romania, the event highlighted both the importance of Romania as a market in its own right, and its utility as the geographic gateway for British business needs.

The BRCC has been picking up a growing interest from British companies in Romania over the past 18 months or so, and the superb Trade Team in Bucharest, Madalina Ciinaru, Fabiola Meister and Alexandru Vaju, have delivered the practical support these companies demand as they venture for the first time into this market.

The chamber's work has been mirrored by a growth in BRCC members and the chamber was delighted to see this recognised with the COBCOE Excellence in Membership Development award for 2017. Special thanks go to Agata Stefan, longserving BRCC Executive Director, and Crina Diculescu, Communication and Support Manager.

The BRCC was also delighted to be part of the official visit to Romania of His Royal Highness Prince Charles in March, and will be hosting the Lord Mayor of London at the end of June. Prince Charles’ longstanding love of Romania is well known and the chamber hopes that the Lord Mayor will leave similarly captivated by his first trip to the country. The visit will certainly strengthen ties between the City of London and Romania’s financial institutions, providing a bold boost to British business.

2017 has, however, seen the BRCC's long-standing Honorary President, Lord Lamont of Lerwick, who stepped down after 18 years of dedicated service to the chamber and whose enthusiasm for Romania was infectious. The chamber's House of Lords events won’t be the same without his warmth and congeniality.

All this by June and it doesn’t stop there. The next six months are looking just as lively.


Charlie Crocker, Chief Executive,


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