Who we are
Members of the Chamber are from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the North of France and Belgium, covering business, accounting, legal professions, marketing, languages and education. Our shared passion is the promotion of business relations between the two nations and naturally, the proliferation of the English language.
The principal aim of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in Lille is to promote and facilitate business and trade relations between the United Kingdom and France.
It seeks to cover the 5 northern départements (or counties) of Northern France, being the Nord (59), the Pas de Calais (62), the Aisne (02), the Ardennes (08) and the Somme (80).
The board of Administration is made up of both French and British business people based in the region and who voluntarily invest time and energy into the existence and development of the Chamber and all it’s activities.
Philip Jenkinson is a fully trained and qualified French Avocat (Attorney and Counselor-at-Law). He holds a first degree in French Law (Maîtrise en Droit, 1984) granted by the University of Lille.
He works professionally in French and English but is also able to converse in a number of other languages.
Elizabeth Owen qualified as a solicitor in England and has worked in commercial litigation and arbitration in the City and the West End of London.
She now works freelance as legal consultant and translator.
Elizabeth is a member of the Lille Bar and the Société Française des Traducteurs.
She works in English and French and also speaks Russian.
Thomas Philippe is a Manager at KPMG.
He joined KPMG in 2004.
Thomas Philippe is an accredited chartered accountant and auditor.
He works professionally both in French and in English.
Sophie Lagayette is a fully trained and qualified French Avocat (Attorney and Counselor-at-Law).
She is also a qualified Solicitor in Scotland.
She was admitted in Scotland 2008 and to the French Bar in 2013.
She is entitled to appear before Courts throughout the whole of France and is able to work in French and English.
What we do
Avocates of Franco-British business our work revolves around facilitating trade relations , identifying opportunities for mutual business building and keeping apace of current affairs both sides of the channel.
We have a strong network of key business leaders whom are fully involved in connecting UK business to the relevant local business and regional administrative leaders here in France. The objective is to facilitate and promote effective and mutually beneficial international collaboration.
Monthly meetings are held at Brasserie “La Paix” in central Lille and also “After Work” casual evening networking events in various locations across the city. The meetings are a forum for connecting over a delicious lunch or relaxed drink. During the lunch meetings, regular guest speakers are invited along to showcase and exchange upon a current issue or opportunity impacting a broad range of business matters.
Our extensive member network also provides an excellent source of English speaking or UK/France centric business, legal or administrative services – accessible to members or non-members.
Our members and the services they offer
- Monthly lunch meetings:
– Friday 6 September 2019 – Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 4 October 2019- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 8 November 2019- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 6 December 2019- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 10 January 2020 (TBC) – Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 7 February 2020- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 6 March 2020- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 3 April 2020- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Thursday 7 May 2020 (TBC)- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
– Friday 5 June 2020- Location: Brasserie La Paix, Lille
- Summer Party:
– Thursday 25 June 2020 – Location: TBC
Programme to follow