The British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BBCCI), a non-profit, members-based organisation was founded in 1991, for the purpose of promoting trade and investment opportunities and co-operation between the UK and Bangladesh. Today, BBCCI also operates as a powerful lobbyist organisation to the Governments, on behalf of the business community, as well as providing a platform that encourages them to gain complete access to all their business support needs and achieve their potential.
The chamber works in closely with the British Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh High Commission in the UK and the British Embassy in Bangladesh. We also work closely many other chambers both in U.K. and in Bangladesh.
BBCCI has 35 dedicated Board of Directors and a small team of officers in the Executive committee We are fully inclusive and actively encourage women and talented individuals to join us. We also offer adaptive equipment and support to staff who have any disabilities, as part of our inclusion and diversity policy.
The chamber offers a wide range of services to both Bangladeshi and British businesses particularly existing SMEs, as well as new entrepreneurs, and those who wish to start new businesses. BBCCI was able to develop these services further through the successful delivery of a flagship project that attracted funding of £500,000 from the London Development Agency. The three-year project enabled the chamber to set up the LBBN (London Bangladeshi Business Network) focussing on job creativity, job sustainability and workability. The programme was led by a British Bangladeshi female, and encouraged a greater number of women to join the network. The project supported over 750 businesses and created 60 jobs within the area of Greater London, by providing services including the provision of business information, business support, research, seminars, conferences, workshops, advice, sign posting and networking opportunities. The project has also led to a Women’s business network being established.
Under another project known as Equal-2, which was funded by UKTI, BBCCI offered the chance for members to participate in trade delegations to countries outside the UK with the intention of enhancing business opportunities further. The project was also key in assisting with the opening of new chapters in Holland, France, Italy and Greece. In 2005, BBCI organised an Exposition (Expo 2005) in the historic Barbican Centre, London. Bangladeshi businesses were able to showcase their products to the British business community. These business benefited commercially and contributed towards its success.
BBCCI also took a British Business delegation to Bangladesh and showcased British products and services to Bangladesh in 2010. This trip led to several innovative and longstanding partnerships, that are still flourishing to this day. Sectors include Pharmaceutical, Banking, Hospitality and Real estate sectors. and were economically benefited too.