On 7 March 2018, TBCCI organised a Networking Evening at APCO Worldwide premises in Covent Garden, London.
A Patron Member of the Chamber and the host of the evening, APCO Worldwide is an independent global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy.
The event started with opening keynotes. TBCCI Chairman Emma Edhem, CC welcomed TBCCI members and guests and briefly talked about the current developments in Turkish-British economic and political affairs. Ms. Edhem also gave an update on TBCCI projects and initiatives and announced the forthcoming TBCCI events. She then invited Mr. Cem G. Isik, Counsellor and the Deputy Head of Mission at the Turkish Embassy in London to the stage.
Isik talked about the economic and trade relations between the two countries, mentioning that the UK is the 4th biggest FDI country in Turkey and the relations will remain to be strong during and after the Brexit with the UK-Turkey Trade Working Group already established and working towards this goal. Isik also commented on the opportunities Turkey offers for foreign investors in terms of tax exemptions and policies to avoid double taxation.
Next, TBCCI Board Director and the Director of APCO Worldwide Istanbul, Deniz Gungen. gave an in overview of APCO Worldwide and informed about the current developments in Turkey and the Region.
After the opening speeches, TBCCI Chairman, Edhem invited Martin Bennett, the Chief Executive – Turkey of BAE Systems and Celal Baykal, General Manager of the Turkish Airlines London to the stage as the new appointed Directors of the TBCCI Board for their introductions.
Finally, the New Members of the TBCCI, Turkish Airlines, NARS UK Consulting Limited and SRM Business Consulting Limited were introduced to the audience. Evening concluded with a productive networking session.