British Bulgarian Business Association Officially Launched
The British Bulgarian Business Association (BBBA) was formally launched Wednesday at a ceremony at the Residence of the British Ambassador Jonathan Allen, in the presence of some 180 potential members, and representatives of other Commercial Chambers both inside and outside of Bulgaria.
The Deputy Minister of Regional Development Denitza Nikolova and the Deputy Minister of Economy Lyuben Petrov also took part and addressed the event, according to a media statement of the British Embassy in Sofia.
The aim of the new organisation is for the stimulation and support of business between Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. It will provide a wide range of services to its members – both to those based in the UK as well as to those looking to do business in the UK. It will develop a capability to support any enquires from its members of a commercial nature and will maintain a central bank of information allowing it to offer a full range of advisory services regarding trade and investment opportunities. It will undertake a range of promotional activities aimed at raising the profile and awareness of bilateral trade between the two countries, as well as providing networking opportunities for its members at regular formal and social events.
In welcoming the new organisation the British Ambassador recognised the great deal of effort that had been undertaken in recent months to launch the new venture, and stressed that it would not be just another business club but would work very closely with the Embassy and UK Trade and Investment organisation, following a model successfully rolled-out in other countries in the Region.
In replying, the Chairman of BBBA, Dr. David Hampson, thanked the Ambassador and his staff for their support and commitment to the launch. He also stressed the high priority that the Board is giving to using the latest IT tools to extend the reach of the organisation – including state-of –the art mobile applications. He stressed the primary focus of BBBA is to support business, create business and develop business between the UK and Bulgaria. Its mission is to serve UK companies and Bulgarian members. It will also seek the opportunity to work with other international business organizations in Bulgaria to support business friendly policies and opportunities.
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