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

“It’s great to see the Forum expanding business dialogue in areas where the UK and France share business priorities”. These are the terms expressed by the United Kingdom’s ambassador to France on her Twitter account to announce the creation of the UK-France Business Forum. Indeed, Dame Menna Rawlings opened on Wednesday, July 6, in the premises of her embassy in Paris, the creation of this new structure, which houses 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 of 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 “on unlocking trade and investment, boosting job creation and supporting economic growth in all regions” from both countries.

A relationship “bilaterally economically essential”

This official launch was attended by many French and British business leaders, as well as a delegation from the French Embassy in London, as well as 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.“Since its creation in Paris in 1873, the Franco-British Chamber has been a staunch defender of good business relations between France and the United Kingdom”he recalled before adding, “Since then we have had periods of great economic expansion and times of turbulence. However, trade cooperation between the two countries has always remained 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 essential 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 Great Britain (a structure that has existed for over 140 years), the UK-France Business Forum is excellent news, even though Brexit came into effect a year ago. year. “The events of recent years have sometimes put this relationship to the test, but it remains important and enduring”point them out, “Through this forum, we can now provide 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 disruptions. of the supply chain”.

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

Photo credit on the front page: Twitter / Catherine Le Yaouanc

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