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TBCCI Chairman Emma Edhem’s 2018 New Year Message

Dear Member and Friend,

We’ve left behind yet another extraordinary year in the world, and a great year for the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Looking back, some of my favourite highlights of 2017 include:

  • The most successful and by far the biggest UK-Turkey Business Forum we’ve organised to date
  • New and exciting themed networking evenings which supplemented our existing networking events, bringing 400+ members and friends together
  • Patron Member exclusive banquet at the Turkish Embassy hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador and Honorary President of our Chamber
  • A very well attended reception at the Turkish Consulate hosted by a loyal and supportive Consul General building upon the family we created (a new tradition perhaps…)
  • Continued support and belief in the work that we do by our Lead Sponsors HSBC and Lloyd’s and a new friend and supporter, Atlasglobal, the 2017 exclusive Forum Sponsor
  • Closer relations and cooperation with other organizations such as Association of Business Women in Izmir (IZIKAD), The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO)
  • Publishing Opinion Articles on Brexit as thought leaders in the field with Global Britain

These are but the tip of the iceberg and cannot even begin to touch the many contributions many of you have made to the success of the Chamber and indeed in supporting each other’s businesses! None of this would have been possible without our diverse and warm network.

Looking forward to 2018, we have great events and partnerships coming up, including the 9th UK-Turkey Business Forum that will take place on Thursday 4th October 2018 in Istanbul, and a number of casual and themed networking evenings to take place in London, amongst many others! So, stay tuned and please visit the website as often as you can to avoid disappointment!

Our vision for the TBCCI for the next two years goes hand in hand with the current developments and trends in both Turkey and the UK. We are delighted to report that the economies of both countries have proved and continue to prove resilient despite many challenges. Turkey remained strong closing the first three quarters of 2017 with 5.2 %, 5.1% and 11.1% growth respectively. Similarly, the UK economy continued to be vibrant in the face of a looming Brexit.

Turkey is one of the top twelve countries for potential UK exports, which increased by 22.3 % between January and November 2017, and still there is room for more. In 2016, the UK became the top foreign investor to Turkey; while the total investment from Europe was 4.3 billion US dollars, UK’s investment in Turkey reached 1 billion US dollars. Quite an impressive achievement and indicative of the appetite to do business on both sides of the water.

We witnessed these positive trends throughout the activities and role of the TBCCI.  More than ever before, we were approached by associations and businesses to organise joint events and undertake joint projects in the UK and Turkey.  We obliged with great pleasure. Business queries and new membership applications from global institutions and SMEs alike increased. Only days into the New Year and this trend is showing absolutely no signs of declining. Business queries and new potential members are at the door and on the phone.

Looking ahead, I strongly believe encouraging developments are waiting for us in the next two years. TBCCI will continue to endeavour to further facilitate bilateral trade and investment between the two countries and continue as the leading platform.

We will do this with the help of our newly elected and re-elected Board of Directors.  On 13th December 2017, new Members of the Board joined us and sadly one left. It is with great pleasure that I would like to present them to you:

 New Directors Elected
Martin Bennett TBCCI Vice Chairman Turkey, Chief Executive Turkey, BAE Systems
Deniz Güngen Director, APCO Worldwide
Fatih Şener Executive Board President, UND (International Transporters Association, Turkey)
TBCCI Directors Re-Elected
Emma Edhem, CC TBCCI Chairman; Deputy Head of International Law, Barrister No 5 Chambers;

Common Councilman, City of the City of London Corporation

Dr. Ece Gürsoy TBCCI Vice Chairman UK, Chief Legal Officer, Global Ports Holding
Enver Kannur TBCCI Treasurer, Managing Director, Accounting Direct Plus
Nicolas Bertrand Global Head of Derivatives Markets & Commodities London Stock Exchange Group
Aynur Taşkan Engagement Manager, EY Strategy Team, EY (Ernst & Young)
Cameron Murray Head of Middle East & Africa Commercial Division, Lloyd’s
Tufan Erginbilgiç Chief Executive, Downstream BP plc
Engin Topaloğlu CEO – London Branch, İş Bank
Gülen Yeykan Managing Director – London Branch, Ziraat Bank
Gül Arslanoğlu Finance Director and Company Secretary, BEKO plc
David Walker Director, Spot Blue International Property
Patrick Regis Regional Director ,Turkey & Central Asia, Rolls Royce
Mahmut Sinoplu Director & Principle, Universal Trade & Investment Associates
Mohammed Zaman QC Barrister, Queen’s Counsel, No5 Chambers
Necmettin Kaymaz Chief Project Director, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT)
Ravi Goonesena Partner, Shakespeare Martineau
Kifaye Kaya Director & Lawyer, Kaya Turkish Law
Uğur Yılmaz Director, Intech Centre

We lost from the Board a previously serving Director Nuri Bulgurcu in the election and wish him every success in new ventures.

I wish you a bright, rewarding, prosperous and healthy new year. As for me, I look forward to another year as Chairman of the leading platform for business relations between the UK and Turkey!

Emma Edhem, CC