Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive builds links in The Netherlands

Posted 17 May 2017 | 0 Comments

The West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive, Colin Brew, has been building trade links on a recent visit to both The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and the Kamer Van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) on a “whistle stop” business trip.

Colin started the trip by meeting Michiel Van Deursen, the Managing Director of the NBCC, over breakfast. Based in The Hague, with offices also in London, the NBCC has 250 members who are eager to build good connections with businesses from our region. Michiel is currently working with the Welsh Government on a trade visit to Cardiff in 2018 and after discussions Colin is now hopeful that this will include North Wales which will ensure businesses across Wales have every opportunity to create connections with those based in the Netherlands.

Michiel said about the meeting “It is excellent to speak to Colin and hear about the exciting businesses that are in West Cheshire & North Wales. We are hoping to build links with these businesses and our potential trip to Wales next year would be a good opportunity to do this.”

Colin then travelled to Rotterdam where he met Jaimie Baaker at the Kamer Van Koophandel (KVK) – the Dutch Chamber of Commerce – which has five sites across The Netherlands. Every business in The Netherlands must register with the KVK, meaning there are many potential connections that firms in our region can make. Colin spent time meeting the KVK team and updating them on the economy of West Cheshire and North Wales and exploring how possible synergies could be better exploited.

The KVK and the NBCC work closely together on promoting links to the UK and this is shown by their joint hosting of a Department for International Trade trade mission earlier this year.

Colin commented on his visit “The whole experience was fantastic. It was great to meet Michiel and Jaimie and discuss how we can work more closely for the benefit of all our respective members.”

“We have a great desire as a chamber to maximise the power and benefits of the British Chambers of Commerce’s Global Business Network and provide greater global connectivity for our members”