The French Chamber Monthly Update: February 2017

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Dear Members,

Following the UK Parliament's vote in favour of EU withdrawal, and after the publication of a Brexit White Paper which sets out Theresa May's plans for Brexit, negotiations could begin very soon. Thus, the Chamber is launching a Brexit Forum, chaired by Angela Hepworth, Corporate Policy and Regulation Director at EDF Energy and Neil Sherlock, Head of Reputational Strategy at PwC, to provide a setting for members to share ideas and discuss the practical implications of Brexit.

Do not miss our Member-to-Member Cocktail and Exhibition next week (9 March). This year's edition is being hosted at a fresh new venue in trendy east London, at the fashionable Ligne Roset Showroom. Over refreshments and canapés, participants will be able to network, discover their fellow members and ultimately test their luck to win exceptional prizes such as two Ligne Roset lamps or a bread-making masterclass for two at PAUL, among others. The event will also launch our Member Offers for 2017: a great way to find new partners and save money!
More than 100 participants and 15 exhibitors have already registered, so if you haven't yet done so, I would strongly encourage you to book your ticket or a stand to showcase your products and services to your fellow members.

Finally, we wish to congratulate Frenger International on winning the 2017 Intercultural Trophy, sponsored by AXA, last Thursday.

Best regards,
Florence Gomez,
Managing Director

Forthcoming Events

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

9 March, 18.00-20.30
At Ligne Roset City
Sponsored by Ligne Roset
A not-to-be-missed event
Cost: £40+VAT per person; £60+VAT - Special price for 2
Book online

15 March, 18.00-20.00
At Pierre Marcolini Marylebone
Discover Pierre Marcolini's exceptional chocolates, sweet treats and macarons.
Cost: £20+VAT per person
Book online

Recent News

Brexit white paper: key points explained
All you need to know about the government's outline for how the UK plans to leave the EU.
The Guardian

EU citizens in the UK could be left in legal limbo
The Home Office has neither the information nor the systems to say who can stay, Brussels fears.
The Guardian

FTSE 100 struggles but pound edges higher amid growing concerns about political stability in Europe
Even though Germany overtook the UK to become the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2016, the pound is rising.
The Telegraph

Applications for the Franco-British Young Leaders programme are open until 3 Mars
Each year, 30 selected French and British individuals (aged under 40) representing all sectors (government, business, defence, academia, culture, non-profit...) join a transformational network accessing areas of excellence on both sides of the Channel and are encouraged to implement learning into their practice.
The programme aims to deepen Franco-British understanding and collaboration.
To download the full programme click here. To apply click here.


Members News

Tramonex Labs to use smart contracts for cross-Currency money transfer
Regulators are waking up to the potential of blockchain, just in time for the rise of smart contracts.

Ekimetrics publishes Economic Trends in Mediatisation
Measuring the effectiveness of advertising has increased and it becomes more complex as channels multiply for both communication and sales.

Deloitte publishes the results of its annual global Chief Procurement Officer survey
Cost, risk and digital are top priorities to improve growth top the list of procurement leaders' business priorities in 2017.

CEO confidence rises despite uncertainty according to PwC's survey
In PwC's 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide 38 per cent (2016: 35 per cent) are very confident about their company's growth prospects in the next 12 months while 29 per cent believe global economic growth will pick up in 2017.

AccorHotels to acquire Travel Keys
The combination of Travel Keys with onefinestay and Squarebreak will provide AccorHotels with a unique offering of about 8,500 addresses in the luxury private rental market.

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


New Members

three corporate members

Expert and specialist for the event industry
Represented by Marc Wegscheider
Director of Sales
+44(0) 78 2581 3717

Novelty Group UK is a subsidiary of NOVELTY GROUP, one of the foremost specialist in sound/lightning/stage construction/electricity distribution/video and technical venue management.

Region Hauts de France
International business development
Represented by Virginie Blida Director
+33(0) 3 59 56 22 362

Region Hauts de France supports British and international companies to set up and grow their business in northern France and to get access to the European Union.

Signia Wealth
Private investment management firm
Represented by Philippe Pollet,
Senior Advisor
+44(0) 20 7298 6091

Signia is an independent investment management firm specializing in global portfolio management for families and institutions.


five Active members

Augusta Ventures
Third-party commercial litigation funding
Represented by Yves Le Goff, Managing Director
+44(0) 20 3510 2017

Kids fashion (onlin design & manufacturing)
Represented by Agathe Blanquart, CEO
+44(0) 74 2996 4515

ICA Patrimoine
Tax efficient real estate investments in France
Represented by Andrew Robinson, Regional Manager
+33(0) 7 82 24 07 84

Moving home company
International movers
Represented by Choudry Fiaz, Director
+44(0) 20 8305 2121

TLS Contact
Visa application centre
Represented by Georges Christophe, Director
+44(0) 20 3384 6336


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Forthcoming Events

22 March | 19.00-22.30
Annual Gala Dinner 2017 - SOLD OUT
At the Landmark Hotel
Guest speaker: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Gold sponsors: Ardian, HSBC, Veolia
Silver sponsors: AccorHotels, Bouygues, Devialet, EDF Energy, Groupe Renault

5 May | 8.00-10.00
Breakfast with Tanuja Randery, Zone President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric
At the Berkeley Hotel
Sponsored by PAUL UK
Cost: £40+VAT per person;
£60+VAT - Special price for 2

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

22 June | 18.30-21.00
Free of charge - All members are welcome

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

25 April | 08.30-10.00
Theme: How to find the best board Members and Advisors for Startup Success


Upcoming Forums

2 March | HR Forum
Theme: Employee commitment and well-being at work.
Speaker: Sally Hemming, Associate Director, ER & Talent, EY

14 March | Climate Change Forum
Theme: How is the radical evolution in the international political landscape likely to impact climate change policies.
Speaker: Dr Charles Donovan, Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School

23 March | Digital Transformation & Innovation Forum
09.00 - 11.00
Theme: Creating value in our 'Big Brother' data world
Speaker: Richard Hepworth, Director of Digital Transformation, PwC and second speaker to be confirmed 

29 March | Brexit Forum
Forum launch and brainstorming session.
Aimed at: CEOs, Heads of Brexit Task Forces, Head of Strategy, Heads of Corporate Affairs in charge of Brexit

19 April | Finance Forum
Theme: Successful integrations: mergers & acquisitions

Register your interest with Ophelie Martinel 0207 092 6634


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