History

1916
1921
1933
1959
1969
1983
1987
1998
2016
2018

On 23 October 1916, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce was incorporated into the Register of Joint Stock Companies in London, "for the promotion of commerce between the British and Russian Empires".

On 29 November 1916, the first RBCC event, Business Breakfast, was held at The Savoy Hotel in London.

Certificate Of The Founding Of The Russo British Chamber Of Commerce October 23 1916

On the 16 March 1921, after a few bleak years for Russo-British business following the 1917 revolution, trade relations between the UK and the now Soviet Union are restored with the establishment of the Soviet Trade Delegation in London. The Delegation was opened under Leonid Krasin, future People’s Commissar for Foreign Trade, and the RBCC has a close relationship with the organisation to this day.

Krasin Leonid Borisovich Rep Soviet Trade Delegation In London April 1920

In October, the sub-committee of the Executive Council of the RBCC published the Directory of British manufacturers and their products in the Russian language, to aid the promotion of British businesses in the USSR.

Foreign Trade In The First Half Of 1933

Following the war, the Chamber continued to assist in arranging trade missions for Soviet representatives to British works and installations. In 1959, the Anglo-Soviet Five-Year Trade Agreement was signed, marking a turning point in Soviet-British Business relations.

Rbcc 1959

The British Prime Minister Mr Harold Wilson and USSR Trade Representative Mr Gordeev open the new offices of the USSR Trade Delegation in December 1969.

Harold Wilson And Gordeev Ussr Trade Rep Open New Ussr Trade Del Offices 17 12

The first ever BSCC AGM to be held in Moscow took place in 1983, leading to a biennial tradition that resulted in the largest trade missions ever to go to the USSR. In 1985, there were 170 members from 120 countries taking part.

1St Agm Moscow 1983

On 31 March 1987, the first BSCC representative office in Russia is opened in the Centre of International Trade in Moscow by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Following the ceremony, the PM addressed RBCC members and press.

Thatcher Cuts Ribbon 1987

In 1998, the RBCC is granted Royal Patronage as His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent becomes Patron of the Chamber.

Rbcc Businessforum 1998

The Chamber celebrates its Centenary with numerous events in the UK and Russia across the year.

Centenary Forum 2016

The RBCC continues to work to bring together a diverse network of those working with Russia and the UK across the two countries. This year has seen many events take place, including a trade mission to the Republic of Tatarstan and the annual Business Forum in London.

Business Forum 2018

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What We Do

The RBCC is a bilateral trade association that facilitates and promotes trade and investment between Russia and the UK.

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Our People

Including our Patron, a Board of Directors and Advisory Council, our people are vital to the Chamber’s governance and strategic direction.

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Events

The RBCC organises over 20 business events per year with a focus on networking, discussion and sharing expertise.

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