Introduction

     The China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) (previously known as the China Enterprises Association in Britain) was established in 2001 and is a non-profit organisation comprised of Chinese enterprises and representative offices in Britain. Since its establishment more than 10 years ago, it has quickly developed to represent the interests of Chinese enterprises in Britain and an important force in promoting external activities. Its growth has been due to the support of the Chinese embassy in Britain and leadership of its Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, as well as the joint effort of all the member companies.

      The CCCUK was officially registered with the UK Companies House on May 11th 2007. For the past 10 years, the Chamber has been implementing activities according to its mission, promoting mutual exchanges, communication and business cooperation between Chinese enterprises in Britain, and aiming to maintain the legitimate rights and interests of its members and provide services. It has also been committed to improving the business operating environment for Chinese enterprises in Britain, contributing to the expansion of trade cooperation between China and Britain and the development of amicable Chinese-British relations.

      The CCCUK makes use of its strengths, on one hand by assisting with and participating in important China-UK trade activities, and on the other hand by actively building external relations, by establishing extensive communication with UK organisations and institutions and expanding its influence. In addition, it is actively involved in organising a variety of activities for members, by providing various services and increasing cohesiveness between members through general assemblies, professional workshops, seminars, industry product presentations, networking, providing information, reflecting members’ opinions and other activities. Through its efforts over the years, it has gradually come to being regarded as a “home for members” by the member companies.

      At present, the CCCUK has over 140 official members and associate members in total, covering sectors such as finance, transportation, trading, services, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, communications and manufacturing. It has one chairman, four vice-chairmen, one secretary-general, one financial supervisor and 23 board member companies. The CCCUK’s secretariat is located in the UK office of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

      At a period in history with very active China-UK relations, the development of the CCCUK comes during a time with excellent historical opportunities. It will continue to rely on the leadership of the Embassy and its Economic & Commercial Counsellor’s Office as well as the continued support of the member companies. By continuing to avail of opportunities, the CCCUK will continue to grow and explore ways to improve its function and continue its progression.