Russia / Ukraine / UK
The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce is naturally concerned that the recent and ongoing developments in Ukraine and the reaction of the international community will lead to disruption in trade and business relations between Russia and the UK, which will in turn have an adverse impact on our member businesses. We are a bilateral, non-governmental organization that has existed since 1916 to promote and encourage trade, business and investment between our two countries. We have done this by providing advice and assistance and organizing conferences, seminars, trade missions, networking evenings and other opportunities for business people from each country (RBCC members and others) to meet and develop long-term business relationships.
We remain committed to these ideals and aims and will continue to organize topical events on themes including the challenges companies may face in the current climate. As we have always done, we will act as a reserve of knowledge and experience, influence opinion to the extent appropriate, and reach out to new regions and members.
We firmly believe that Russia and the UK continue to represent attractive investment and trading destinations for UK and Russian companies respectively.
We will not comment on the political situation or political decisions taken in either country, however we remain committed to the interests of our members and to promoting trade generally, and are therefore pleased to be contacted if you need advice on how you can start or continue to do cross-border business.
RBCC is working to keep our members aware of the latest developments in the situation. For updates, please visit the RBCC Twitter page.
Message to RBCC members from Roger Munnings CBE, Chairman of the RBCC’s Board of Directors - 05 September 2014
The RBCC Board has taken the decision to reduce the scale of RBCC's presence in St Petersburg. This situation has been crystallised by recent developments in the political relationship between the UK and Russia which have resulted in a substantial downturn in fresh trade and new investment between our two countries.
RBCC will maintain a reduced structure in St Petersburg in terms of office space and personnel, which will enable it (with back-up from the Moscow office) to continue the work it has done for the last ten years in supporting its members in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region, and, when the period of sanctions is at an end, to encourage and facilitate Russo-British business in the city and the region once again.
There are no plans to reduce our operations or our presence in Moscow or London. It is hoped that the St Petersburg presence will be increased again in due course, although that will depend on economic developments both internationally and in the city and region, and also other priorities that the RBCC may have at the time.
Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
|The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) promotes, facilitates and supports business between Russia and the UK.
It is independent of government in both countries and is funded by membership fees and event and publication sponsorship.
RBCC aims to be the first point of contact for Russian companies wanting to do business in the UK and for British companies wanting to do business in Russia.
RBCC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that has worked to promote trade and cooperation between the UK and Russia since 1916, helping companies in both countries to find trading partners and representing the interests of its member companies of all sizes.
Using its experienced internal resources and its comprehensive network of contacts in companies, national/federal and regional government, diplomatic, and other business associations, the Chamber assists its Members to explore business opportunities and develop and sustain their existing business interests in Russia and the UK.
We run high-quality conferences, missions and seminars and hold regular business networking events.
Through these offices, the Chamber provides up-to-date advice, research and market-entry support along with regular information through our website; our e-mail newsletter, the RBCC Observer; and our members' magazine, the RBCC Bulletin.
RBCC is governed by a high-level Board of Directors, who between them have many decades’ experience of doing business between our two countries. The Board is supported by an Advisory Council, featuring many of the leading business people in Russo-British trade relations.
Our members range from global corporates to SMEs and cover the full diversity of business sectors.
We always welcome new members.
If you’re not already a member, do contact us to find out how we can help you get the most out of business in Russia or the UK! And do take a look at the RBCC Services section, where you can find out more about the benefits of being part of our ever-expanding trade network.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you to improve your business!