DACB Lawyer Launches New British-German Chamber of Commerce in Bristol
Published On: 23 April 2016
The official launch of BCCG Bristol was attended by distinguished members of the South West business community, including local dignitaries and entrepreneurs.
Those included HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Mary Prior, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Alastair Watson, James Durie (Chief Executive at Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West), Dr Ann Kennard (Chair of the Bristol Hannover Council) and Mr Tim Illston (Honorary Consul for Germany). Even the Director of BCCG, Mr Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath, flew in from Berlin to attend the launch.
German-born Kai, a litigation lawyer, set up the new BCCG branch with the aim of building links with the German business community and also working with other professionals in the region to promote British-German trade. The branch will cover the entire South West, with Bristol serving as a hub.
Commenting at the launch, Kai said: "Trading with Germany is a significant part of the British economy so we think it's important for businesses and professionals in Bristol to benefit from the wealth of experience that BCCG has to offer."
BCCG is a German-British membership network organisation founded in 1919 in Cologne. Members of the chamber comprise about 900 professionals and companies, which include Barclays, BMW, BNP Paribas, British Airways, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Dyson, ERGO, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, PwC, Rolls-Royce and RBS. BCCG aims to be the first port of call for companies and professionals seeking advice in British-German business and trade. Members are predominantly based in Germany but BCCG also has an established branch in London.
Tony Cherry, Regional Senior Partner at DAC Beachcroft, hosted the launch. Afterwards, he said: "Bristol has always been an outward-looking city, committed to international trade, so we are delighted that the BCCG has opened here and proud of the part Kai von Pahlen and DAC Beachcroft have played in helping that happen."