BCCS First to Get Global Accreditation

The British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has achieved another key milestone in its 60 years of
existence by becoming the first Overseas Chamber of Commerce to receive a full accreditation from
the British Chambers of Commerce, UK under the Overseas Business Network initiative.

PRESS RELEASE

 
 
15 April 2014
 
 
The British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has achieved another key milestone in its 60 years of existence by becoming the first Overseas Chamber of Commerce to receive a full accreditation from the British Chambers of Commerce, UK under the Overseas Business Network initiative (OBNi) programme launched by the British Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP in November 2012. 
 
The programme aims to transform the support available for British SMEs seeking to do business in high-growth, hard-to-access markets across the world. Chambers and business groups in a further 20 markets are expected to achieve accreditation in this financial year alone, meaning that in these markets UK exporters can be confident finding a high-quality first point of contact for their business.  
 
The British Prime Minister has set an ambitious target of increasing exports from the UK to 1trillion by 2020. As part of an ongoing partnership between the BCC, UKTI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this target will be driven forward by a new global network of accredited chambers and business groups, providing in-market, practical help and advice for UK exporters. 
 
Companies in Singapore can now further benefit from this initiative via Chamber membership and events to identify new opportunities and expand their businesses.  
 
Commenting, Brigitte Holtschneider, Executive Director of the BCCS said: “It’s really exciting that British business people now have a first port of call in Singapore – the UK’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. It is an ideal place for UK firms to do business, given the country’s connections with the rest of the world, its strong legal system and attractive tax system.
 
“Now, UK companies will be able to get in-market advice and support on how to export their goods and services in Singapore, provided by a trusted and accredited business to business network.”  
 
“The services on offer by the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore are on par with those offered by the UK’s international competitors, and are available to all British businesses looking to take advantage of the array of opportunities in this fast-growing market.”
 
 
Commenting, John Longworth, Director General of the BCC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Singapore into our network and look forward to many more accreditations in the months ahead. It is crucial that business people have a single approved provider in new markets, and are confident that as they step off the plane, they can easily be connected with new exporting opportunities. 
 
“With the right attitude and sheer determination, there is no reason why the UK can’t meet the huge challenge set by the Prime Minister of increasing exports to one trillion by 2020. 
 
“The BCC is delighted to be working with the UK government to create a strong, global business-to-business network for British business, giving companies that haven’t exported before the tools and the confidence to seek out opportunities in new markets across the world.”
 
Congratulating the team, British High Commissioner to Singapore HE Mr Antony Phillipson said: “I am delighted that the British Chamber of Commerce has achieved the distinction of being the first overseas Chamber to be awarded accreditation by the BCC.  This is testament to an enormous amount of work by Brigitte Holtschneider and Judith Slater, and their respective teams at the Chamber and here at the High Commission.  It further reinforces the partnership between us, and the real winners will be UK exporters looking to find success in this exciting and dynamic market.”
 
 
 
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Notes to Editors:
 
More information about the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore can be found here http://www.britcham.org.sg/ 
 
Media contacts:
Vipanchi – Marketing and Communications Manager
+65 6222 3552 / vipanchi@britcham.org.sg
 
 
About Overseas Business Network initiative (OBNi)
Operating within this robust environment for 60 years, BCCS is one of the largest international Chambers in Singapore comprising over 2400 members and 390 companies which span across various industry sectors. BCCS is one of the first of 21 markets to sign the OBNi launched by the British Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP in November 2012.
 
Per this initiative BCCS will provide services which include but are not limited to organising inward trade missions, offering B2B/B2G webinars, arranging of tailor made visiting programmes, partner identification and matching, support in setting up a representative office as well as other related subjects. 
 
To find out more, please contact:
 
Ms Jennifer Hainsworth – Business Services Manager
+65 6222 3552 / Jennifer@britcham.org.sg
 
 
 
 
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