4 principles to shape the Finance function of the future

Blog wordpress - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:17
If we were to start with a blank sheet of paper, it’s unlikely we would create the Finance functions we have today. In recent years, predictions have even been aired that Finance will soon cease to exist as a business function altogether. Here is a sneak peak into how the Finance function might actually be …

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Commissioner Hearings – What was the point?

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:33
Words by Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive Despite scepticism about the process, the European Parliament has done an important job well. In the end, the commission will start work on time. That’s good, because they have plenty to do – especially improving Europe’s industrial competitiveness. According to your point of view, the confirmation of the commission …

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British Chamber’s Brussels insiders give the EU its marks

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:45
James Stevens, EU Committee Chair A poll of British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium members finds concern about the impact of an UK exit on business, but criticizes the EU’s current momentum on key objectives for business. British Chamber members in Europe’s capital have given the EU top marks for its progress on completing the …

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“If I’d known then, what I know now, I’d have started my financial planning earlier!”

Blog wordpress - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:45
Written by Beverley Robinson, Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium Promotion for The British Chamber’s Expat Financial Affairs event on Saturday 11th October has made me stop and think. Suppose I’d been invited to to a similar event when I was in the early stages of my career. Would I have …

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24 days to go! The Great Brussels Bake Off so far…

Blog wordpress - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:00
by Antony So, EU Policy Executive & BNG The British Chamber bustled with eager bakers last week, as we launched the second edition of our Great Brussels Charity Bake Off. Some were seasoned bakers and others were new faces, all ready to put their skills to the test. Representatives of over thirty of the participating …

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Save the Date: 3rd March 2015: The Ambassadors’ Gala

Blog wordpress - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:01
By Joost Visser, Commercial Director at British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium About the event It is with great pride that I am able to announce, for the first time, the British Chamber will organise the Ambassadors’ Gala on 3 March, 2015 at the Hotel de la Poste at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. This …

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UK-Belgian trade: reason for optimism in a time of uncertainty?

Blog wordpress - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:11
By Olivier van Horenbeeck Chair of the British Chamber’s Business Development Committee With the UK’s membership of the EU coming under increasingly heavy scrutiny in recent years, wouldn’t it be interesting to know what UK, Luxembourg and Belgian (UK-BeLux) businesses actually think of the EU’s impact on their international activities, and what their business perspectives …

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Help your local community!

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:14
The Bake Off registration for teams has now closed. Looking at the teams, it’s going to be an amazing year for cake, I promise you. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved, we would therefore like to welcome you to the #BXLBAKEOFF launch this evening at 18h00 (for more information, contact Bryony on …

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Scotland is important to us

Blog wordpress - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:05
By Glenn Vaughan, CEO Check out Glenn’s twitter for more thoughts and insights: @GlennVaughan_ There have been plenty of business people putting the economic case for keeping the union. And a fair few putting the opposing argument. Overall, there’ll be costs and dislocation in the short and medium term, but I’m less convinced that the …

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Whoever threatens Uber, threatens progress

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:00
by Peter de Keyzer, Chief Economist BNP Paribas Fortis and author of ‘Growth Makes You Happy’ Keynote speaker of our Expat Financial Affairs conference 2014 Politicians often try to block the rise of disruptive innovators like Uber or Airbnb. Although they call in the welfare of society as an argument to do that, in reality …

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Expat Financial Affairs exhibition

Blog wordpress - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:56
Expat Financial Affairs | 11 October 2014 – 10h30-16h30 | Vlerick Business School Words by Francesca Loparco  If you’re an expat in Belgium and looking for some information about your finance; thinking about buying a house, retiring, investing, or simply wanting to understand the Belgian tax system in a language you understand, then look no …

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Why transparency in TTIP talks is a must for all of us!

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:45
  By Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation TTIP not just trade as usual … While BEUC, the umbrella organisation for 40 consumer organisations in 31 countries, does not traditionally focus on trade related issues – not because trade is not important, but we need to prioritise due to resource constraints – […]
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A European Commission approach to Innovation

Blog wordpress - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:45
By Robert-Jan Smits Europe is strong on innovation, more than many of us sometimes realise. We have the largest internal market in the world. We are home to many of the world’s leading innovative companies. We are in pole position in many fields of knowledge and key technologies such as health, environmental technologies and transport. […]
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Health, Consumer and Social Affairs Task Force Briefing with Andras Baneth, Managing Director, European Office, Public Affairs Council

Blog wordpress - Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:53
Digital Communication in healthcare advocacy : How to master Twitter, Linkedin & social media in healthcare public affairs. Filed under: Uncategorized
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EU Committee Business Lunch with Michael Huebel, Head of Unit, Health Programme and Diseases, DG SANCO, European Commission

Blog wordpress - Tue, 11/19/2013 - 10:50
“The Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases”Filed under: Uncategorized
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