Events & Clubs

The French Chamber events team’s savoir-faire is recognised beyond our membership. We organise over 70 Events & Clubs per year,
gathering more than 2,000 participants, that provide a mix of networking, learning and influencing opportunities.

Our 2023 programme is built around the insight from the 2022 member value survey and feedback from our Advisory Council.

Members value networking events where there are opportunities to make new connections and meet new leads. We’ve responded in
2023 with a series of pure networking events designed around key events in the Franco-British business and cultural calendar. Networking
events are open to all members.

Beyond networking and business development opportunities, our members value opportunities to learn from peers and share best
practice, and to have access to key stakeholders and experts on critical business topics
. We’ve responded with a mix of Clubs, events,
webinars and check-ins with key stakeholders.

Members can expect regular events on the evolving UK-France relationship, talent and labour management, sustainable and
responsible business, and digital transformation
, in addition to a range of other topics.

View all our upcoming events.

For all members - Network and Learn

Networking receptions
Our quarterly networking receptions provide extensive opportunities to connect with other members, in an informal but prestigious setting.

12 January – Galette des Rois     
20 June – Annual General Meeting   
4 July – Summer Champagne Reception
14 September – Cocktail de la Rentrée                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

6 December - Christmas Party

Topical events
Business leaders and inspirational speakers share their experience, their views and their insights on current developments and key topics of interest.
22 February – The Advent of the Metaverse (in partnership with Meta)
19 April – Women, Inspiration & Leadership

 

Economy, Politics and Current Affairs Series
Each quarter, an expert speaker brings an overview of the recent and forecasted economic, political and geopolitical affairs to help inform decision-making. Members can expect a mix of UK-France, UK- EU and global outlooks.

19 SeptemberCurrent Affairs Update with Eleni Courea 
 

Learn from your desk – Webinars
Because having information delivered straight to your desktop is often most practical, we host regular
webinars to help members navigate the latest changes in the business landscape. Topics include:
employment and immigration law updates; supply chain and import/export best practice, etc.

18 May - Talent and Immigration 

‘Net Zero Leadership Programme'
Our series of events dedicated to helping SMEs and entrepreneurs deliver their own Net Zero strategy thanks to practical advice and tools.
18 January - Funding your projects with green finance (webinar)
7 February - Your employees and customer’s care (in person)
8 March - How to avoid greenwashing (webinar)
28 March – Last session: eco-design and designing for the planet (in person)

For all members - Black-tie and Special Events

Franco-British Reception at Parliament
Our second Franco-British Reception at Parliament, hosted by Stephen Crabb MP, Chair of the APPG for France, will bring 150 senior representatives from the Chamber together from MPs and Lords and representatives from Franco-British institutions. We are pleased to welcome The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy as our guest of honour.
25 April, hosted at the Terrace Pavilion, Palace of Westminster

 

Franco-British Business Awards
Now in its 24th year, the Franco-British Business Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of our community of Franco-British companies. Hosted in a prestigious London venue, the event attracts over 200 business leaders, along with a key political stakeholder. In 2022, the new French Ambassador opened the event.
15 November

 

For Patron & Corporate members - Connect and Influence

Ambassador’s Briefs
These intimate meetings provide an opportunity for members to connect with and hear from Ambassadors, on current affairs and future developments.

May: Ambassador’s Brief with HE Ms Helene Duchene, French Ambassador to the UK, hosted at the French Residence 
October: Ambassador's Brief with Pedro Serrano, EU Ambassador to the UK

Exclusive briefings
We regularly organise briefings on political topics exclusively for our more senior members. These events are often organised in partnership with the French Foreign Trade Advisors in the UK and the Cercle d’outre Manche.
29 March – Franco-British Summit debrief

Check-in Calls with senior representatives from key institutions
Held under Chatham House rule, these calls are a unique opportunity for members to share their perspective on current business conditions with key stakeholders. The attendance is strictly limited to 5 participants to ensure everyone has an opportunity to influence.

With the Economic Team of the French Embassy
28 February, 25 May, 4 July, 9 October

With the Bank of England
13 January, 21 April, 13 October

With the European Central Bank
16 March, 15 June, 14 September, 14 December

Clubs - Exclusive to Patron & Corporate members

Our Clubs are expert communities of senior representatives in similar functions or sectors, that provide a forum in which to learn from each other, exchange best practice, and access a programme of high-level speakers and insights on critical topics

Aimed at CFOs, Finance directors and equivalent positions

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Aimed at female C-level and senior representatives (by invitation only)

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Aimed at HR directors and equivalent positions

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Aimed at sustainability, CSR leaders and equivalent positions

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For Patron members – Exclusive network and influence

President’s Circle Dinners
Held under Chatham House rule, these dinners gather senior representatives around a prestigious guest speaker from the business or political world, to discuss current affairs and the topics that matter to business.

17 January - Sir Sebastian Wood KCMG, former French Ambassador to China
7 June - Lord Darroch, former British Ambassador to the USA
19 September - President's Circle Dinner with Gwendoline Cazenave, CEO of Eurostar

23 November – President's Circle Dinner with Thierry Garnier, CEO, Kingfisher​​​​​​​

Meetings with key decision-makers
We regularly provide opportunities for small group of members to meet with senior representatives within French and British government and institutions. In 2022, we took an exclusive delegation of members to meet with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

20 June - Lunch at the House of Lords with Lord Peter Ricketts

Exclusive events
We regularly bridge the gap between business, art and culture, providing our most senior members with informal networking opportunities during prestigious cultural or sporting events.
25 January - An evening at the London Philharmonic Orchestra
April/May
9 October – Pol Roger Tasting at the Wallace Collection
11 January - Private view of 'Gabrielle Chanel, Fashion Manifesto' at the V&A

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