At the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) 2018 gala awards ceremony held on Thursday 29th November, the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce (HCoC) achieved the National Runner Up Prize for ‘Excellence in International Trade Services’. The award certificate was presented to representatives of Herts Chamber at Tobacco Dock at a gala dinner, attended by more than 500 finalists, sponsors, judges and fellow Chambers from across the UK. The event was hosted by TV presenter Jenni Falconer, to mark the outstanding achievements of all finalists and Facebook were the Chamber Awards headline sponsor.

Coming runner up to Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; who have over 4500 members and are the largest accredited Chamber in the UK, is a huge achievement for the Hertfordshire Chamber.

Neville Reyner, CBE, DL Hon DLitt, Chairman, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce commented: “This is the first time our Chamber of Commerce has been recognised in these national awards. We are a relatively small Chamber and to be Runner-Up to the winner, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the UK makes our award significant and is testament to the quality and commitment of our staff, who I thank.”

Francis Martin, President of the British Chamber of Commerce, commented during the awards evening and really made the night that much more special for the Herts Chamber:

“It is testament to Hertfordshire Chamber that they supported their members superbly in difficult circumstances. With the support of Neville Reyner, Chair of Hertfordshire Chamber and former BCC President, the Chamber has continued to provide excellent services in international trade to their local business community. Congratulations to the Chamber.”

L-R: Keith Moore, Internal Trade Manager, HCoC; Member, Caroline Lester, Relationship Manager, MCP Property Services; Mary Sykes, External Affairs Director, HCoC; Amy Rich, Business Engagement Manager, HCoC; Neville Reynor, Chairman, HCoC.

Hertfordshire Chambers Export team specialise in providing help with the issuing and certification of documents to ensure goods are exported in accordance with international law and procedures. The team also help with new export opportunities with the 77 British Chambers of Commerce throughout the globe and COBCOE Connects. HCoC Export team help a large range of Herts based businesses, including Tesco, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and many other multi-nationals, exporting over £15,000,000 worth of goods every month.

Our member, MCP Property Services were represented with the British Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Customer Commitment during the evening; following being awarded the Regional Award in September, this is their fourth award of the year. Many congratulations.