A Year Working at BritCham

By Tomos Ireland-Life Not knowing many people in Brussels at first, living in overcrowded house and missing home a bit meant that I was nervous to start my new role one year ago. Now, even though this year has panned out differently than what was expected, I can say that deciding to work for BritCham in Brussels has been one of the best decisions that … Continue reading A Year Working at BritCham

No more Transition at the UK Border

By Liam Smyth, ChamberCustoms @chambercustoms http://www.chambercustoms.co.uk The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021. Until the new border operating model was published on 12th July, we could only speculate on … Continue reading No more Transition at the UK Border

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UK-EU Border – The Devil’s in the Detail

The practical implications of Brexit on everyday UK-EU trade is becoming clearer week by week. This week, Amazon announced changes affecting Amazon sellers, customs briefings and enquiries ramped up, and the impact on product availability and businesses started to become evident. The detail is very welcome, and helps businesses prepare further. For some, the impact will be more difficult to manage and will effect consumer … Continue reading UK-EU Border – The Devil’s in the Detail

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UK-EU Trade – Get Ready For The End Of The Transition Period

The UK Government has published its long awaited border operating model. It makes clear how the border with the EU will work – at least in most cases. But some important questions remain, and the cost to business, in customs administration work alone, will be substantial. The government has responded to some key demands from British Chambers of Commerce for measures to improve cash flow. … Continue reading UK-EU Trade – Get Ready For The End Of The Transition Period

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Working from home – the new norm

The impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures have affected each of us in different ways. It’s caused health issues that have changed the lives of many, whilst others have been left unscathed. It’s also freed the time of thousands of people who’ve been placed under the furlough scheme, whilst the days of others have become substantially busier for a number of different reasons. … Continue reading Working from home – the new norm

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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

Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019

from Helena Raulus of the UK Law Societies As the debate in the UK Parliament on the ratification of the draft Withdrawal Agreement begins, it is a useful time to analyse the consequences of the adoption (or non-adoption) of the Agreement from a legal perspective. If the Agreement is not ratified, the main concern is that this could lead to a ‘no deal Brexit’, whereby … Continue reading Fork in the road: Brexit and the choice facing Britain in March 2019

Meeting with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

On Thursday 25th October, the British Chamber’s CEO Glenn Vaughan met with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab for a landmark meeting alongside representatives from chambers across Europe. Glenn shares his thoughts following the meeting: There’s no certainty – but more clarity and confidence can be built Last Thursday I was part of a delegation of national chambers of commerce that met Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, … Continue reading Meeting with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

A Day in the Life of Marietje Schaake MEP

A Day in the Life of Marietje Schaake MEP Nine years ago, I was elected as a Member of the European Parliament. Although I have been around for quite some time, I can honestly say that not a day goes by where I do not learn new things and meet new people. It is the dynamism and intensity that makes this job so special. I … Continue reading A Day in the Life of Marietje Schaake MEP