The BBCC Chairman Bill Drysdale was honoured on 1st July 2014 at a special ceremony known as an Investiture at The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh conducted by The Queen. Her Majesty personally bestowed Mr Drysdale with the Insignia of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
This award is in recognition of Bill Drysdale’s services to British business interests in Bulgaria and in particular for his tireless efforts to promote business links between his own country and his adopted country, Bulgaria, his remarkable contribution for raising the profile of the British Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce during his leadership of the Chamber and making it a respectable voice of the business community in the country. Mr Drysdale was also a co-founder and first Chairman of the the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF), initially set up as an affiliate of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. Bill brought his British business expertise to bear also in his appointment as an advisor to the Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg during his term of office. After an initial career in KPMG in Scotland, Bill was managing Partner of KPMG Poland and then KPMG Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Mr Drysdale's one-to-one discussion with The Queen focused on his work with Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the Queen's cousin, and also touched on the unfair treatment of Bulgarians by some British media and politicians. Bill Drysdale was warmly encouraged by Her Majesty to continue his good work for the BBCC in promoting bi-lateral trade and investment between Great Britain and Bulgaria.
The Order of the British Empire
The Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds. It was created during the First World War in 1917 by George V. Today the Order of the British Empire is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the only criterion for the award, and the Order is now used to reward service in a wide range of useful activities.
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