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About the British Irish Chamber of Commerce

The Focal Point of British Irish Business

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce is the leading business group serving the interests of businesses with interests in Britain and Ireland

Every week, over €1 billion of trade is conducted between our two islands. This trade sustains over 400,000 jobs directly, and many more indirectly.

The Chamber’s member businesses employ almost 2 million people globally and we look for every opportunity to help them grow in a pro-business, pro-employment and pro-community environment.

 

Maintaining Focus on Two Way Trade

The Chamber plays a vital role in maintaining focus on the value of two-way trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland, for business, for our governments and our communities.

The Chamber enables vital access between our governments, policymakers, industry and employers for the benefit of all. We ensure viewpoints are heard and respectfully discussed and we champion cooperation for the mutual interests of all our stakeholders.

 

Background

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce was launched at PWC’s Dublin offices in May 2011, during the historic visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. Assisted by the Irish Embassy in London and the British Embassy in Dublin, it was a timely initiative of inspired senior business leaders, who saw opportunity in the enhanced diplomatic environment, to inject momentum into the joint economic space within and across these islands.

A wider dimension recognises the geographic, cultural, social and historic ties that have bound neighbours together and the ever growing respect that benefits business and communities alike.

 

Mission

Core to the Chamber’s mission is a commitment to promote the interests of members in the combined business space. By engaging with stakeholders in business, governments, political parties and like-minded trade organisations and the informed media, the Chamber is THE focal point of British Irish business.

 

Diversity

The Chamber’s ever growing membership is broadly based, from large multi-nationals, through manufacturing, logistics, financial services, tourism, food and agribusiness, the arts and small to medium enterprise, spanning the UK and Ireland.

 

Unique

This is a bi-lateral Chamber, engaging members from across two islands and five legislative bodies in meaningful dialogue with a common purpose. We provide excellent networking events for members to find new suppliers and markets. Sector driven policy committees enable competitors to jointly examine opportunities and threats and to think about collaborative growth in Europe and beyond.  The Chamber does much of its work away from the public eye where in camera debate and discussion is freer.

Are you one of the thousands of businesses operating in the British Irish Business space? Or planning to?

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce is the focal point for business activity between Ireland and Britain. Through its members and links to key stakeholders in government, it has become one of the main influencing, networking and promotion organisations across these Islands.

When you join the British Irish Chamber, your Customer Relationship Manager will help get you launched at the right events. We’ll talk to you about profiling your business, making connections and getting you involved in the right places and spaces.

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Online Information Resources

The Chamber’s new website provides a better resource for members doing business in the British Irish space, featuring your latest business news and profiling your business.

Research on trans-Island market data is constantly being updated by the Chamber Research Team.  We can undertake specific research for members for a fee; talk to Darragh O’Tuathail.

Individual Membership Packages to Suit All Organisations

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce offers membership to companies and organisations of all sizes, based across countless industries and sectors throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

Member Benefits

When you join the British Irish Chamber, your Customer Relationship Manager will help get you launched at the right events. We’ll talk to you about profiling your business, making connections and getting you involved in the right places and spaces.   

Meet Your Next Client or Customer

Get Noticed

Information & News – Topical and Informative

Have your say


 

BIG – British Irish Gateway for Trade

The importance of Trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland can’t be overstated – the UK is by far Ireland’s largest two way trading partner and combined trade between the UK and Ireland of more than €1billion every week supporting over 400,000 jobs. The British Irish Chamber of Commerce is committed to securing and growing this trade and the jobs and communities it supports.

BIG is a new initiative managed for the community by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce through which the Chamber will work closely  to support like-minded organisations across the two islands in the work we all do to encourage the flow of business between and from both markets and to help businesses on both islands achieve more together.

 

BIG is a movement to promote and grow British/Irish trade

BIG is an initiative managed for the community by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and supported by public and private sector organisations across Ireland and the UK.

The objective of the BIG initiative will be to treble the number of first exporters between both markets and support all business organisations on both islands to promote and grow shared trade.

*During 2016, BIG will facilitate 1,000 new connections for buyers and suppliers through extensive new introduction opportunities enabled through the British Irish Gateway for Trade and its supporting organisations. This will be facilitated through an online portal system.

BIG will help first-time exporters to find new market partners and help larger firms to deepen their presence in both markets. The extensive resources of all agencies will be highlighted and channelled efficiently towards best benefit for all enterprises.


 

David Dalton - BICCDavid D’Alton

UK Consultant Director

David D’Alton, co-founder British Irish Chamber of Commerce, the promoting voice of the €50bn+ British-Irish trading relationship, is UK Consultant Director responsible for the Chamber’s significant growth across the United Kingdom. David also represents Members’ interests on the Chamber’s Life Sciences Policy Committee.

Founder and CEO of D’Alton Kingswell, established 2002, David continues to lead a UK and Ireland based Life Sciences focused commercialisation consulting practice, advancing its SME, Government and University clients’ medical and biotechnology intellectual property and projects from concept to commerce. See: www.daltonkingswell.com

Formerly an IBM then DEC Corporate Account Director, David specialised in investment trading platform technologies, David has 35 years international C-suite business development experience, delivering business and complex projects across Europe, the United States and Japan.

Discuss with David what the British Irish Chamber of Commerce can do for you.

Contact details:

Email: david.dalton@britishirishchamber.com
Mobile: +44 (0) 7836 224422

 

 

John Mc Grane - BICCJohn McGrane

Director General

John McGrane is Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands and their economies.

He is a retired financial services professional having completed a 40 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland / Ulster Bank Group in Ireland.

His career has spanned substantial initiatives in the enterprise and corporate sectors, both indigenous and foreign direct investment.

He is Founder of NSI Technology, a tech start-up which helps Not For Profits become Not For Losses. He is a Board Director at Dublin Chamber of Commerce and at The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a number of charities.

He retains active roles in the Cultural, Tourism and Trade Development sectors, having served on a number of related Boards and Government Taskforces.

Contact details:

Email: john.mcgrane@britishirishchamber.com
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 245 9898

 

 

Yve O'Driscoll - BICCYve O’Driscoll

Membership & Events Director

Yve O’Driscoll has been with the Chamber since its formation in 2011. She is responsible for the development of Corporate Membership and, most importantly, the Customer Relationship Management of business in force in Ireland.

In addition, Yve project manages flagship events, including the Annual Conference, President’s Gala Dinner and British Irish Raceday.

Previously Yve worked on international conventions, sales incentives, product development and publications at The Canada Life Assurance Company.

Contact details:

Landline: +353 (0) 1 400 4314
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 041 1831
Email: yve.odriscoll@britishirishchamber.com

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