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

Philip Jenkinson

Chairman

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

Elizabeth Owen

Vice-Chair

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

Thomas Philippe

Treasurer

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

Sophie Lagayette

Secretary

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.

Members

Our members and the services they offer

TFMB Consulting

Délégué à la protection des données/DPO externe Contact : Pierre-Patrice TIFI Tél. : + 33 6 16 93 97 82 Site internet : www.tfmbconsulting.com E-mail : pptifi@tfmbconsulting.com    

ID Avocats

The firm, engaged in general practice, European Union and International Law, conducts a national and international commercial legal practice, and provides a full range of legal services in all fields of corporate, business and labour law, and on civil law matters :...

CIC Nord Ouest

International desk of the French bank CIC, with full services for UK companies that are doing business with France. The CIC Bank, your business partner in France. www.cic.fr Contact: Jojanneke Bodinier Jojanneke.bodinier@cic.fr Tel: 0320949025 CIC International Desk...

Roquette

A Global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins, Roquette addresses societal challenges by unlocking the potential of Nature to offer the best ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets. We are committed to improving the...

Sophie Lagayette

Maître Sophie Lagayette is a fully trained and qualified French Avocat (Attorney and Counselor-at-Law). She is also a qualified Solicitor in Scotland. She has a first degree as well as a post graduate degree from the University of Paris X-Nanterre (Maitrise en Droit...

Aude Leclaire

Aude holds an MA in Translation Studies from the Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et de Traduction, Paris. She has lived in the UK for many years and worked for major translation companies. She is also a member of the Société Française des Traducteurs. Aude offers...

Idealangues

Il existe des milliers d’écoles de langue à travers le monde, et des centaines d’organismes de séjours linguistiques. Comment s’y retrouver dans cette jungle d’offres pléthoriques? Idéalangues dit non aux packages préconçus au détriment des besoins personnels qui...

Axintera

AXINTERA specialises in the administrative and fiscal guidance of English, Dutch and Belgian entrepreneurs who wish to create a new entity or who are already established in France. Besides accountancy, AXINTERA provides fiscal, legal and payroll services in order to...

KPMG

 KPMG is a leading provider of audit, advisory and accounting services and a member of KPMG International, a global network of independent member firms operating in more than 150 countries and employing close to 210,000 people. Many solutions are proposed to the...

Elizabeth Owen

  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...

Voltaire Avocats

Set-up in 2005, VOLTAIRE AVOCATS is a law firm specialized in employment law and social security law. VOLTAIRE AVOCATS is based in Paris, Lille and Lyon. The team is comprised of 16 lawyers: 5 partners and 11 associates VOLTAIRE AVOCATS provides legal advice and...

Stéphanie Auguste-Caulfield

TRANSLATION, TRANSCREATION, REVIEW, LIAISON INTERPRETING - 20 years' experience in the Language industry, including 10 years in the UK. I work from English into French in general, technical, IT and editorial fields, as well as for the entertainment industry. I am a...

David Reed

David provides a variety of IT services, and has more than 20 years experience of successfully delivering IT services including: Programming Websites Apps Networking Hardware

Events

Upcoming events:

  • 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

  • Visits:

Programme to follow

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