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The 110th Annual General Meeting

I wouldn’t say I’m an old hand at AGM’s but I’ve sat through quite a few and organised some too.  But this year was another new experience, and somewhat of a challenge – the Chamber’s first digital AGM.  Over the last few months’ we’ve all discovered the joys of Zoom, particularly the ease of moving from one meeting to another and how good it is … Continue reading The 110th Annual General Meeting

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UK joining Lugano Convention is essential for EU Business and Consumers

There are many outstanding issues still to be negotiated as part of the future relationship between the EU and the UK, however one area where there shouldn’t be much disagreement is over the British government request to join the Lugano Convention. There should be an overwhelming interest for both sides to keep the existing relations in this field. The consequences would be severe and very negative … Continue reading UK joining Lugano Convention is essential for EU Business and Consumers

Fiscal representative to become mandatory for UK established companies in Belgium

As part of the VAT consequences of the departure of the UK from the EU, Belgian VAT authorities have officially communicated to business their position as to the need for UK established companies, that currently are VAT registered in Belgium via a direct VAT registration, to appoint an individual fiscal representative as a result of Brexit. The letter of the Belgian VAT authorities confirms that … Continue reading Fiscal representative to become mandatory for UK established companies in Belgium

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Will robots steal your job? A report on the British School of Brussels Expert Panel

Although those headlines that tell you robots are going to steal your job can be disheartening, the overarching message that came from last week’s panel was a positive one. Though the term Artificial Intelligence may seem scary, the panel reminded us that we actually already use A.I everyday – when we search Google, choose from recommendations on Netflix or Spotify or find more similar products … Continue reading Will robots steal your job? A report on the British School of Brussels Expert Panel

The Tax, Finance and Legal task force needs your participation!

One of the British Chamber’s task forces is the Tax, Finance and Legal (TFL) task force. Its members include representatives of large to medium size accounting and tax firms, law firms, and some of the largest banks. The Tax, Finance and Legal task force delivers regular seminars on practical tax, financial, economic and legal issues and updates for (international) businesses operating in Belgium.  These seminars … Continue reading The Tax, Finance and Legal task force needs your participation!

Preparing for Brexit

Preparing for Brexit  It is less than 5 months until Brexit and the Article 50 deadline on 29 March 2019, and whilst rumours abound of deals, unfortunately – from a business perspective – the spectre of a non-orderly withdrawal outcome remains fully in view. With a few exceptions, it is a wide and deep business consensus that such a no-deal outcome would be an extremely … Continue reading Preparing for Brexit

Making Tax Digital: changes to UK VAT compliance

This blog post was written by Marc Verbeek. Marc Verbeek is a Tax Partner currently working for Crowe Horwath Vanhuynegem Associates in Belgium, prior to this he worked at the Belgian Ministry of Finance, before moving on to spend 26 years with BDO. Marc is a certified tax consultant. His expertise includes (international) corporate tax advice, international employment tax, corporate tax compliance, rulings and litigation. … Continue reading Making Tax Digital: changes to UK VAT compliance

COBCOE Report

COBCOE recently released a new report titled “Review of European business views on the Transition Period” which comprised of business input from businesses in the UK and across the EU. Some of the input came from our Brexit Ambition Roundtable February 2018 event held at the chamber. This report was shared with government official and is aimed to influence current negotiations between the UK and … Continue reading COBCOE Report

Reaction to European Council (Art. 50) guidelines on the framework for the future EU-UK relationship – 23rd March

We reacted to the European Council’s guidelines on the future trade relationship between the EU and the UK. Click the link to read the full piece. Continue reading Reaction to European Council (Art. 50) guidelines on the framework for the future EU-UK relationship – 23rd March