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at the chamber

2017 SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM

THE FRENCH CHAMBER

T

he new year is always a good time

brought together XXX people; hosted 36

with Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI Director-

to pause and reflect on the previous

Forum & Club sessions; welcomed 14

General, who will talk about the impact

12

what

companies to our Business Centre; helped

of Brexit on UK businesses at the French

worked and what we can improve

163 businesses with their accounting

Residence (24 January); and, of course, our

needs and published 474 articles in your

annual Cross-Cultural Quiz evening, which

very own magazine, INFO.

is a fantastic opportunity for members

months,

to

consider

on in the year ahead. The last two months of the year were punctuated with successful events,

As a membership organisation, our

to treat their teams to a quiz night out

including the Franco-British Conference

members are at the heart of what we do:

where they can challenge each other on

on disruption (page 72); the Franco-

the events, the magazine, the business

their knowledge of Franco-British culture

British Business Awards, which celebrated

services – the Chamber is yours. As such,

(23 February). You can find out all of the

the best businesses from both sides of

we take member feedback seriously.

details of these events – and all of our

the Channel; our Cross-Cultural Evening

Throughout November and December,

other upcoming events in our calendar on

Debate; the Annual Financial Lunch on the

we held brainstorming sessions in our

page 79. I do look forward to seeing many

theme of Brexit, with Alistair Darling as

Forums and Clubs to decide on the themes

of you there!

our main speaker; our Women, Inspiration

that members would be most interested

and Leadership debate; and a Business

to hear and learn about this year. We will

organising

Club Cocktail with the formidable Jacques

also continue to bolster our services to

the first half of the year, where we will

Séguéla among others. What an end to

help our members grow their businesses.

bring together some of the best French

the year!

We have also started work on a

Luxury

Symposium

in

We have a number of great events

and British leaders in luxury to take an

2016 was another very good year

lined up to kick off the year ahead.

in-depth look at digital and sustainable

for the Chamber, with 126 member

Particular highlights include: our next

luxury. Very exciting times ahead.

companies joining our network – including

Ambassador's Brief with HE Ms Sylvie

All that this leaves me to do is to

dozens of start-ups, 10 new patrons and

Berman, where she will lay out, in French,

wish you, on behalf of the entire French

28 corporate members bringing the total

major trends in Franco-British relations for

number to 617; organised 45 events that

the months ahead (16 January); an Evening

Chamber team, all the best for the year ahead. Bonne année! I FG

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