Donnerstag, 19. Dezember 2013

BTB concept: Justizsenator, Luther und die BCCG

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Mittwoch, 18. Dezember 2013

BCCG says Bye, Bye GREAT Britain MINI!

Bye, Bye GREAT Britain MINI!

1 car, 2 Princesses, 12 themes, 16 Federal States, 150 events, the participation of almost 1,000 businesses and partner organisations, almost 60,000 kilometres on the clock, hundreds of thousands of online views and around 1.5 million new friends (and some happy cows).  That was the GREAT Britain MINI Tour (GBMT), which finished on 12 December at the closing ceremony at BMW Welt in Munich.

The Tour began on 17 January with Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the Brandenburg Gate.  Since then, the GREAT Britain MINI has travelled to the four corners of Germany from Sylt in the north to Obsertsdorff in the South. From Görlitz in the East to Selfkant in the West.

Mini at Nürburgring, photo copyright Bodo Brüsehaber
It has raced around the Nürburgring, enjoyed the party at CSD in Berlin, been pride of place on a British warship in Hamburg, driven up a mountain in Bavaria and rode a Freecamper across a lake in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Watch the video highlights at and view a selection of the Tour’s best images at .

The GREAT Britain MINI represented British style, design and technology. As a British export (207,000 cars last year) and result of inward investment, the GB MINI was the perfect vehicle to promote Britain in Germany.

We did not focus only on cars and technology. We worked with people who embody British strengths in fashion, music, innovation, design, culture, sport, shopping and tourism. People like Sir James Dyson, Sir David Chipperfield, rock legends Status Quo, artist Gillian Wearing and world snooker No1 Mark Selby. Watch the music videos with Kate Nash, the Crystal Fighters and the Empty White Circles at (English) and (German).
The GBMT as also helped British companies.

It has won publicity for Marks and Spencer - who have launched a German website and had their own British-branded bus here - been filled with crisps by Tyrell's, delivered Thornton’s Easter Eggs, visited UK engineering giants GKN, who actually manufacture some of its parts, and Rolls Royce, 
Mini at Rolls Royce, photo copyright Bodo Brüsehaber

was in attendance at the opening of Mulberry’s Berlin store and supported Karstadt’s Feel London focus on British Fashion.

Mini at easyjet, photo copyright Bodo Brüsehaber

We have sent it to trade fairs including Medica, Anuga and K and it has been allowed on runways to promote new flights to Germany for easyJet and British Airways.

One of the companies who have enjoyed it the most is Roundhouse, the manufacturer of circular livestock buildings. The pictures of the Mini and both the Roundhouse in North Western Germany and its inhabitants some (British) cows have been rather successful in drawing attention to this rather innovative product.
Mini at BA, photo copyright Bodo Brüsehaber

I'd like to think we've also helped MINI themselves - they have had another record year for sales.

Finally, take the chance to win your own MINI Tour in the UK in the MINI Pub Quiz -!

Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath

British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG) e. V.

Mittwoch, 6. November 2013

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Donnerstag, 24. Oktober 2013

Cutting EU red tape - Business Task Force and Business Leaders response supported by BCCG

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked a Business Taskforce to evaluate the needs of European reform for business:
“It’s vital that business can take full advantage of the EU’s single market. But all too often EU rules are a handicap for firms, hampering their efforts to succeed in the global race. Business people, particularly owners of small firms, are forced to spend too much time complying with pointless, burdensome and costly regulations and that means less time developing a new product, winning contracts or hiring young recruits. I’m determined to change that and to get the EU working for business, not against it.

That’s why I got this Taskforce together, so we could establish from business what they really need. This report makes clear that there are lots of simple and practical ways to cut EU red tape and save businesses across Europe tens of billions of euros.

We must now persuade our European partners and the European Commission to listen to business and to move faster to reform the way Europe regulates. At next week’s European Council, I’ll be calling for a clear commitment to sweep away unnecessary bureaucratic barriers and to unleash private sector growth - helping to secure the economic recovery for all.”

The report of the Business Taskforce can be read here (please click).

Letter from EU business leaders in response to the 'Cutting EU red tape' report from the Business Taskforce, sent Oct. 23 to the Members of the European Council, supported by BCCG:

"To the Members of the European Council

As you meet in Brussels this week for the European Council, securing the economic recovery continues to be a priority for governments across the EU.

As European business leaders, we know first hand the challenges that businesses are facing in the current economic climate.  One of the greatest obstacles is problematic, poorly-understood and burdensome European rules that all too often encumber business.  And this has the biggest impact on the smallest companies, which we know create 80% of all new EU jobs.

In the global market place, we believe that the EU should be taking action to make European business more competitive, and not place excessive and unnecessary burdens on them that stifles growth and job creation.

Proportionate, well designed legislation has a key role to play in ensuring regulatory stability for firms and in creating an even playing field for businesses that allows them to maximise the benefits of trading across borders.  It’s vital therefore that any EU regulation necessary for the single market is pro-growth and pro-innovation, enabling not hampering businesses to create jobs and pave the way towards economic recovery.

To this end, we welcome the Commission’s recent commitments to reduce the burden of EU regulation on business, notably through its recent REFIT Communication.

However, we believe we need to go further if we are serious about a business-led economic recovery and ensure that these commitments are now transformed into action. 

The recent report from a UK business taskforce includes a range of proposals for concrete EU action to remove unnecessary EU rules, regulations and practices, which are holding our companies back.  These proposals could save EU businesses billions of Euros – freeing up potential for innovation, growth and job-creation.

The report also proposes a new set of principles to ensure that new EU legislation is pro-growth, and allows European businesses to COMPETE and grow within the global market.

We are now calling on you, as EU leaders, to ensure that EU regulation is focused on securing the competitiveness of European business, and to place the COMPETE principles at the heart of EU policy-making.  And we urge you to demonstrate leadership by making a strong commitment at this week’s European Council to identify where the burden of regulation can be reduced to allow businesses to generate the growth that will benefit us all."

Ranjit Singh

2 Sisters Food Group
Colin Coombes
Sales Manager

Abex Power Components
Abbey Walker
Sales Director

Advanced Steel Services Ltd
Farah Ramzan Golant

Charles Philipps

Group Chief Executive

Amlin Plc

Stephen Leigh

Argus Security Systems
Andy Clarke

President and CEO
Asda Stores Ltd
Stephen Whitehead

Chief Executive
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Mike Stannard

Bac2 Ltd
Rebecca Hopkins

Balance Me Ltd
Clare Hopkins

Balance Me Ltd
Sian Jones

Balance Me Ltd
Steven Stubbs

Sales Manager
Bedford Packing
Peter Ventress


Berensden plc

Steve Bates

Chief Executive Officer

BioIndustry Association (BIA)
John Longworth

Director General
British Chambers of Commerce
Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath
Director and Member of the Board
British Chamber of Commerce, Germany

Pawel Siwecki
British Polish Chamber of Commerce, Poland

Helen Dickinson

Director General
British Retail Consortium
Sir Michael Rake
Chairman (President, CBI))

Gavin Patterson

Bernard Dale


Capital Connection LLP

Martin Douglas

Managing Director
Cargill  Provimi UK and Ireland
John Cridland

Director General
Sir Roger Carr

Richard O'Connor


Chocolate and Love Ltd

Cecilia Leigh
CL Resolutions

Lara Morgan
Company Shortcuts Ltd

Joep van Beurden



Brandon Bradkin



Mr Jorma Eloranta,
MSc Engineering, Vuorineuvos

Chairman of the Board
Directors’ Institute of Finland, Finland
Sir James Dyson

Dyson Ltd
Tom Enders

Cllr C. W. Siddall

Managing Director
Eastern Plastics Machinery Ltd
Terry Scuoler
Chief Executive
EEF (The Manufacturers’ Organisation)

Gary Hendler

President and CEO
Eisai Europe
Phil Nicholls

Managing Director
Emerge IT
Rajeeb Dey

Erik Penser

Erik Penser Bank, Sweden
Alisdair Gray

Director of European Affairs
European DIY Retail Association
Mike Cherry

National Policy Chairman
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

Ferrari, Italy
Dr Risto E. J. Penttilä

Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland
Phil Orford

Chief Executive
Forum of Private Business
John Shropshire

G’s Group
Duncan Aldred

Chairman and MD
Charlotte Knight

G'Nosh Ltd
Debbie Heald

Managing Director
Heald Limited
Alan Shaw

Managing Director
Ian Teece

Managing Director
Hydraulics & Transmissions Ltd
Helen Ibbotson

Company Director
Ibbotson Transport Limited
David Stokes

Chief Executive
IBM UK and Ireland
Chris Yates

Finance Director
Immunodiagnostic Systems Plc
Simon Walker

Director General
Institute of Directors
Wayne Edmunds

Invensys plc
Dr Mike Lynch

Invoke Capital
Russell Taylor

ITW Group plc
Dr Jane Griffiths

Company Group Chairman – Europe, Middle East and Africa
Janssen – Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Stephen Duckworth

Toolhire Supervisor
Jewsons Ltd
Graham Lindley

Lifting Engineers
Mr Joe Tanti

Malta Business Bureau, Malta
Mr Kevin J. Borg

Director General
Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta

Marcegaglia spa, Italy

MKB-Nederland, Netherlands
Brynne Herbert

MoveGuides Ltd
Richard Hetherington

Nationwide Civils Ltd
Stephen J Blackler

Nortech Control Systems Ltd.
Holly Tucker

CEO & Co-founder
Sophie Cornish

Director & Co-founder
Tom Hulme

Founder & MD
Roy Davis

Optos PLC
Steve Ingham

PageGroup plc
Rekha Mehr

Pistachio Rose Ltd
Dr. Henryka Bochniarz

Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Andrzej S Nartowski
President and CEO
Polish Institute of Directors, Poland

Tidjane Thiam
Group Chief Executive

Prudential plc
Sarah Dembitz

Saviour Snacks Ltd
J Robert Galloway

Chief Executive
Scotbeef Ltd
Jeff Lynn

CEO & Co-founder
Seedrs Ltd
Nick Giles

Seven Hills
Steve Daykin

Seven Publishing Group
Guy Rigby
Partner - Head of Entrepreneurial Services

Smith & Williamson LLP
Michael Hayman

StartUp Britain & Seven Hills
Maria Rankka
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Sweden

Richard Gourlay

Sussex Place Ventures Ltd
Janet Coyle

Mike Mack

Dr Karl Koehler

CEO and MD
Tata Steel
Lucy Armstrong

The Alchemists
Niamh Barker

The Travelwrap Company
Julian Braidwood

Managing Director
Richard Green

Vanda Hatton

Internal Sales
James Townshend

Velcourt Group plc
Vittorio Colao
Group Chief Executive Officer



VNO-NCW, Netherlands
Russell Gould

Robert Duxbury

Technical Director
Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd
Ann Zitterkopf

Former President
Dalton Philips

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Rowena Ironside

Women on Boards UK Ltd