Celebrating success in trade and export – why it matters!

In the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” it’s now that time of the year where we look to celebrate the fruits of success in export and trade between the UK and Belgium. Inspiring stories of export success, accompanied by a great gala celebration: it’s time for the Golden Bridge Awards.

Glynis at GBA judging

By Glynis Whiting (pictured), President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

As a British Chamber of Commerce, supporting bilateral export and trade is at the heart of what we do. A key on-going activity is to offer UK companies coming to Belgium a “safe landing” through our network of Accredited Service Providers, along with our main trade and export event at the annual Golden Bridge Awards. At the annual ceremony we recognise and celebrate those who have succeeded in crossing the “bridge” into the Belgian market – and in many cases using Belgium as a stepping stone for expanding even farther on an international scale.

This week, I once again had the pleasure of sitting on the Awards’ selection panel, chaired by HM Ambassador Alison Rose and hosted by KBC, the event’s main sponsor, at their beautiful building in the Grand Place in the centre of Brussels. The companies presenting each had a unique story to tell about their business in Belgium, and it’s always a positive and inspiring experience to listen to these diverse stories of success. Our sights are now set on the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in London on 20 November, where all the Golden Bridge winners will be announced. The location is a Victorian ballroom just around the corner from Trafalgar Square, a highly suitable place for celebrating success in exports and the Golden Bridge winners in particular.

I wish all the Golden Bridge finalists the best, and I’m very pleased that we as Chambers of Commerce can offer the opportunity to share these success stories and hopefully encourage even more aspiring exporters to make that leap across the Channel. The Golden Bridge Awards truly is a highlight in the calendar, and so I can only encourage you to join the organising Chambers, our sponsors, and not least the awards finalists for a memorable evening in London on 20 November.

The annual Golden Bridge Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in export and trade. The Awards are co-organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium with the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and are this year, for the first time, joined also by the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce, making the 2014 Awards a truly British-Benelux affair. Read more about the Awards and register for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony here.

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