British Estonian Chamber of Commerce sets agenda for 2012-2013

04.05.2012, 11:53

The British Estonian Chamber of Commerce (BECC) has announced their new board to lead the Chamber through to next year.

New board members Kristiina Koel, Head of Global Transaction Services at SEB, Leo O’Neill, Managing Director of HML Project Management, and Tõnis Tamme, Partner at Law Firm Tamme Otsmann Ruus Vabamets will join the existing board members, Mart Mere, CEO at Marsh Kindlustusmaakler, Ants Karu, Partner at Law Office LEXTAL, Jonathan Poole, Managing Partner of the Merchants House Hotel and James Oates, CEO of Cicero Capital.

Ants Karu and Jonathan Poole become Vice Chairmen, while James Oates takes over the Chairmanship for the coming year.

James Oates said after the board meeting that elected him:

“I look forward to a packed programme for our members for the rest of 2102 and into 2013. We are certainly starting with a bang by organising the BECC SmartEST investment conference in London on May 16th in collaboration with Enterprise Estonia and the British Embassy, Tallinn.

This will be a high profile showcase for Estonia in the prestigious surroundings of the Locarno suite at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office with a reception afterwards hosted by the House of Commons. We are delighted to welcome Estonian Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi and his British counterpart, Cabinet Minister and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, to discuss the current economic situation. This will be followed by presentations by leading Estonian companies to an audience of British business and political leaders.

We believe that this event will be a marvellous showcase and networking opportunity for major Estonian and British companies to get together.

In addition to this very special event, the BECC will be offering a highly varied schedule of business and social events over the coming year. Our membership is at a record high for recent years and the BECC remains one of the most active foreign chamber in Estonia.

Beyond our enhanced programme of business events, seminars and the many specialised business services that the chamber offers, we also remain active supporters of good causes in Estonia. Next month, we will be selecting our charity partner for the coming year, following our successful support of the Estonian Cystic Fibrosis Association over the last year, and we hope to raise several thousand Euros to support whichever partner we select. We will also be continuing our programme of scholarships for students at Tallinn Technical University, and details will be announced shortly.

Britain and Estonia remain the closest of friends within both NATO and the European Union, and it is only natural that our business links should continue to expand. The chamber offers a wide range of services, both to British companies active in Estonia and also Estonian companies seeking to enter the British market. The UK has the fastest growing population in Western Europe and shares many of Estonia’s business minded attitudes.”