British Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (BBCC)
holds first AGM 18 months after successful re-launch
Under the irrepressible leadership of Chairman Bill Drysdale and Honorary President Ambassador Jonathan Allen, the BBCC held its first Annual General meeting of Members since the successful 2011 re-launch in Sofia, at the British Embassy Residence on 25th April 2013. There was an excellent turnout well in excess of the required quorum, which is perhaps not surprising for a lovely warm Spring afternoon in one of the finest British Stately Homes outside the United Kingdom, with its terrace opening onto a generously proportioned English garden maintained by the Bulgarian man of all trades who also serves as Butler in the house and for Residence events.
The meeting proceeded at a brisk pace, cutting through the less essential details that bring AGMs into a category of meetings not high on people’s priority ranking. Ambassador Allen set the scene, emphasising the strong synergies achieved from Day One in working harmoniously and constructively between his Embassy, the UKTI team comprising the Commercial Section, and the BBCC Board and Executive Directorate which drives the private sector promotion of British Bulgarian bi-lateral investment and trade relationships on which the economies of both countries depend. In quite a short time the BBCC is acknowledged to have taken its place shoulder to shoulder with the other leading bi-lateral foreign Chambers in Bulgaria.
Bill Drysdale presented on behalf of the existing Board a series of highlights of the past year, including meetings for members and friends with government ministers, regulators, successful business people; networking events with other chambers and business clubs; liaison with COBCOE which links 40 British Chambers of Commerce across Europe and throughout the UK; contributions to UKTI and other investment promotional events in London. Work is now proceeding with help of the Embassy to place the BBCC in an informed position to lobby for improvements in Bulgarian legislation and regulations, all to help improve the investment and business climate.
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