The French Chamber Monthly Update: January 2017

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Dear Members,

The Chamber's team wishes you a very happy and successful New Year!

2017 is set to be a historic year for the UK, as the Government puts into motion the country's departure from the European Union. Last Tuesday, Theresa May outlined her Brexit objectives, but uncertainty remains, since much will depend on what sort of deal the UK can negotiate with its European neighbours. All we know for certain is that the UK will indeed leave the EU Single Market and seek to strike 'the freest possible trade' and sector-by-sector deals with Europe. The impact on businesses is slightly clearer. We will continue to monitor and update you on the situation as it develops.

Back at the Chamber, we have lined up a number of must-attend events for the year ahead:
- Our Annual Gala Dinner with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on 22 March.
- Our Cross-Cultural Quiz Evening at PwC's offices on 23 February, which promises to be a fun and convivial team building event.
The Intercultural Trophy, sponsored by AXA, will be awarded that same evening. I hope to see many of you soon and, in the meantime, may I recommend you to read the excellent latest issue of INFO, which features exclusive articles with some of marketing's brightest minds.

One again, all the best for 2017,

Best regards,
Florence Gomez,
Managing Director

When the French and British do business together, what is natural and obvious in one country may be exotic and strange in the other. The Intercultural Trophy, sponsored by AXA, is aimed at recognising a culturally-intelligent company, organisation or project that has successfully helped to bridge the gap between our two cultures.

Who should apply?
Apply for the Intercultural Trophy if you have recently:
- Led a project that fused the French and British cultures together
Bridged cross-cultural differences within your business/organisation
- Facilitated the integration of French/British people either in France or in the UK

How to apply
Should you wish to apply, please submit your application form to Anne-Claire Lo Bianco before 6th February.

The Intercultural Trophy, sponsored by AXA, will be awarded during the third edition of our Cross-Cultural Quiz Evening on 23 February at PwC's Offices.


Forthcoming Events

The full list of events can be found on the right-hand column

23 Feb, 19.00-22.30
At PwC's offices
Sponsored by PwC
Cost: £80+VAT per person; £800+VAT for a table of 10
Book online


9 March, 18.00-20.30
At Ligne Roset City
Sponsored by Ligne Roset
Cost: £40+VAT per person; £60+VAT - Special price for 2
Book online

Recent News

Theresa May's Brexit speech: what does it mean for free trade?
Why does Mrs May think we'll get a free trade agreement when we're opting out of the free movement of goods, services and people? What's the difference between the 'freest possible movement of trade and goods' and the single market as we know it?

Why did the pound rally after May's Brexit speech – and will it last?
Sterling has endured a veritable tumble since the UK voted to quit the EU in June. Since then, it remains incredibly volatile.

The UK is setting course for a hard Brexit
Mrs May listed 12 objectives which the government will seek to achieve in the negotiations.

Making a success of Brexit: a whole-economy view of the UK-EU negotiations
The final result must be a coherent deal that delivers the best outcome for every region and every sector of the UK economy.


Members News

Colbert Entertainment to launch a major new musical inspired by the story of Louis Braille
The Braille Legacy tells the true and inspirational story of Louis Braille, who wanted the same chance in life as those who see. The show will run at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 10 April to Saturday 24 June.

An NHS doctor in London and member of Doctors of the World UK, has founded The People's Convoy
The People's Convoy is a crowd funded project that will send trucks of desperately needed medical supplies to a children's hospital near Aleppo.

Edouard de Broglie founder of the Restaurants 'Dans Le Noir?' together with Station Energy launches A Light For Africa
A light for Africa is an independent initiative, entirely backed by private organisations, that aims to electrify as many African schools as possible. It is simple and pragmatic tax-deductible program for businesses in the UK.

SPIE signs an agreement for the acquisition of SAG
The acquisition of the German leader in high-growth energy infrastructure is a major step forward in SPIE's development in Germany & Central Europe.

Club Med launches Meetings & Events by Club Med: a new website to plan corporate events
This new website showcases the comprehensive corporate offer including over 65 resorts around the world for company's events.

This heading is yours!
Please send your news to Marielle Fraize. We will choose a selection of news to publish.


New Members

1 corporate MEMBERUBS AG

International retailer
Represented by Alain Harfouche,
General Manager UK & Ireland
+44(0) 20 7907 0300

L'Occitane produces and retails high-quality beauty products and fragrances developed following the principles of phytotherapy and aromatherapy

1 Active member

The Disruptive Group (TDG)
Business builder and advisory firm in innovation and finance
Represented by Huy Nguyen Trieu, CEO
+44(0) 78 7549 0572


Latest Events Photos

Dedicated Corporate and Luxury Club Cocktail Party
11 January 2017

Rendez-vous Chez Paul: Celebrate la Galette des Rois
10 January 2017

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French Radio London feature
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Forthcoming Events

9 Feb | 18.00-20.00
At The Hippodrome Casino
Cost: £20+VAT per person

15 Mar | 18.00-20.00
Cost: £20+VAT per person

22 Mar | 19.30-22.30
Annual Gala diner
Guest speaker: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Cost: £190+VAT per person, £2,100+VAT for a table of 12,
At The Landmark Hotel

11 May | 18.00-20.00
Cost: £20+VAT per person

11 July | 18.30-21.00
At Hurlingham Club
Cost: £50+VAT per person; £80+VAT - Special Price for 2

Book an event


Start up and SME club

30 January  | 18.00 – 20.00
Club @ Deloitte
At Buckley Building
49 Clerkenwell Green
London, EC1R 0EB

28 Feb  | 08.30 – 10.00
Theme: The importance of innovation in entrepreneurship
Guest speakers: Kevin Monserrat, Head of Start-up Ecosystem Development, Microsoft Accelerator

Held at the Chamber


Upcoming Forums

24 Jan | HR Forum
Theme: Update on employment law
Speakers: Melanie Stancliffe, Partner, Irwin Mitchell and Caroline Yarrow, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

25 Jan | Digital Transformation & Innovation Forum
Theme: Millennial Conundrum: How to attract and retain talent in a digital world
Guest speakers: Jean-Remi Gratadour, Executive Director of HEC Paris Digital Center, Nicolas Taborisky, UK CEO, Theodo and Peter Wheeldon, SVP of Human Resources, Universal Music Group
Sponsored by: HEC Paris

31 Jan  | Climate Change Forum
10.00 - 12.00
Theme: Agriculture and climate change
Speaker: Eric Giry, Agricultural Counsellor, French Embassy 

8 Feb | Finance Forum
Regulations: Europe positioning with Asia

Register your interest with Ophelie Martinel 0207 092 6634


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