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Upcoming Events at the ECC

Discover our exciting May event line up at the Essex Chambers of Commerce. From engaging virtual and physical meetups, there's something for everyone including our very first Essex Global Summit. Stay connected and mark your calendar to ensure you don't miss out on these unmissable opportunities to support your business growth.

Connect with the Essex Business Community

Networking is not only about business transactions; it also enhances personal development. You can improve communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills through networking interactions. Not only this, active networking helps you and your business become more visible within the Essex business community. This visibility can lead to increased brand awareness and recognition, potentially attracting new customers or clients. 

This month we have two great opportunities for you to flex your networking muscles and expand your connections both online and in-person;

🤝 May Virtual Networking – Wednesday 8th May – FREE for our Members to attend, these friendly informal morning sessions are the perfect convenient way for you to build brand awareness. 
👥 Network with the Leader of Harlow Council – Thursday 9th May – Will we be seeing you at The Harlow Hotel by Accor for a lunchtime networking session with a difference? Not only will you be able to connect with local Harlow businesses but also with the Leader of the Council. Hear all about the transformative work being implemented including the regeneration and investment programme for the town which has seen hundreds of millions secured and has put Harlow on the map as the fastest growing area in Britain.

Explore the future of International Trade at the Essex Global Summit 

Preparations are well under way for our Essex Global Summit. Will we be seeing you at Hylands House on Wednesday 22nd May for our first of it’s kind event for the county?

This premier event, in partnership with Chelmsford City Council, is your gateway to cutting-edge insights and transformative partnerships. Our fantastic line-up of speakers and experts will come together to delve into discussions on the future of international trade. 

By attending the Summit you will have access to unparallelled expert knowledge as well as amazing networking and collaboration opportunities. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be in the stunning surroundings of Hylands House with refreshments provided throughout the day including a delicious lunch. 

To top it all this event is entirely FREE to attend! If you work in international trade then this event is not to be missed! 

Head to to register or entry. 

Terrific Trade Expert Training Offers 

We are delighted to introduce two new fantastic offers for our Members who want to equip themselves with the knowledge and expertise to tackle the world of international trade.

  1. Trade Expert Training Discount - Become a Trade Maestro! Book 2 or more spots on our BCC accredited Trade Expert Training courses before 28th June and unlock exclusive savings! Pay full price for one course, and enjoy a fabulous 10% discount on every additional place booked simultaneously. Don't miss this chance to expand your expertise while saving big!
  2. Express Trade Expert Training - Dive into the World of Trade, Head-On! Our intensive 3-day course offers a comprehensive crash course in international trade essentials. Complete 6 British Chambers of Commerce accredited courses, covering vital topics like export procedures, commodity codes, and rules of origin. Plus, here's the cherry on top: Members can snag our special introductory offer and complete 6 courses for the price of 5! But wait, there's more—book before 31st July and enjoy an extra 10% discount!

Head to our website to see what Trade Expert Training courses we have coming up in May. Read more on our dedicated article page.  

Trade Expert Webinars 

The world of International Trade regularly changes and it’s vitally important for you to stay up to date and compliant when new procedures and updates are introduced. 

We have two FREE hour-long webinars providing expert advice and guidance on important updates to the world of global commerce; 

🌱 Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Webinar – Tuesday 7th May 2024 – Our resident trade expert Richard Bartlett will explain what CBAM is, how it will work and how companies need to prepare for it. 
🧮 Key Changes to UK VAT for Imports Webinar – Friday 24th May 2024 – International VAT rules are complex and difficult. As a shift from EU VAT rules to standard import and export procedures is introduced there is likely to be a raft of additional VAT issues for businesses involved in international supply chains. Attend this webinar for tips and advice to help you navigate the complexities and avoid mistakes.

Dates for your Diaries 

Chambers Annual Golf Day – Thursday 13th June 2024, 12.00pm – 9.30pm
🛰️ Networking Tour with Leonardo UK Ltd – Tuesday 25th June 2024, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
🏗️ DP World Networking Tour - Tuesday 9th July, 8.00am - 10.30am 
📜 Essex Chambers of Commerce Annual General Meeting – Thursday 18th July 2024, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
🚗 Network with EINTAC – Tuesday 10th September 2024, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
✈️ Network with London Southend Airport – Thursday 24th October 2024, 4.00pm – 6.00pm 
🛳️ Ambassador Networking Tour – Tuesday 26th November 2024, 10.30am – 3.00pm

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