Personal networks are essential to successful business - this remains the case in the UK and is very important in Georgia. BGCC membership enables you to access our network of people and businesses in both countries. They may be your future partners, customers or even competitors - in any event you need to get to know them!
BGCC events range from small seminars or dinners for pre-selected groups, perhaps focussing around a particular decision-maker or relationship, to larger events with speakers and audience participation. Events may be themed on a particular sector or provide more general opportunities to network with a wide range of other members and guests.
BGCC encourages members to let us know the issues, speakers and sectors that are of interest and this guides us in developing our programmes. In particular the advice and support of the Advisory Council (made up of Founding Members) will determine the events of each year.
Membership of BGCC is also a statement. It makes clear that you are serious not only about your business but also about being part of the wider development of economic opportunities between Britain and Georgia. That commitment counts when building business relationships.
Where specific sectors or issues are of interest to members, we will arrange events on these themes. These will enable you to meet and network with a focussed group relevant to your sector, to hear about their experiences and exchange notes on specific points of interest.
Business Delegations and Trade Events
The BGCC plans to offer business delegations to both countries. These may be sector specific, theme specific (for example investors seeking partners) or more wide-ranging introductions to the opportunities and participants in each country. Similarly we organise participation in trade events in both countries, providing targeted opportunities to promote your company's products and services.
Follow-Up and Bespoke Meeting Programmes
BGCC can offer a focussed visit programme to Georgia or to UK built around your business needs. If you want to learn more about contacts, to broaden the range of contacts relevant to your particular business or to open/take forward discussions with potential investors, customers, partners or relevant officials, we can put together visits to meet your needs. Visits benefit greatly from advance research, due diligence and effective planning to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the trip. BGCC can help here too.
Attracting investment for a business or finding a suitable investment project to engage with present complex challenges. BGCC can help bring together investors and those seeking finance. Similarly companies seeking to raise finance through IPOs and debt instruments will benefit from guidance and specialist introductions to experts in the necessary areas.
BGCC events provide a highly effective way to raise your company's profile with target audiences. Sponsorship of an event, which will then be designed and delivered in consultation with the sponsor, will enable you to maximise targeted brand exposure and ensure that your message gets across to best effect.
Market research and promotion
For companies seeking to establish a market presence or increase penetration it is essential to maximise the opportunities for success and minimise risks through using good quality, up to date information in order to reach target audiences with the right products. Our services, contacts and unique database will be of unrivalled assistance in gathering information about your market, targeting direct-to-customer dissemination of information about your products and services, or gathering feedback from your customers. Our website is becoming the recognised site for information about upcoming opportunities between UK and Georgia and members will be able to raise their profile through appearing on the site, with a click-through facility where appropriate.
Trade Policy and Advocacy
Inevitably the decisions of state policy makers, and the implementation in practice of these decisions, impacts on business. Through our events and meetings programmes as well as via our contacts with officals in both countries BGCC is close to the information and in a position to bring together policy makers affecting business and the business community. Participation in events and discussions will enable you get your views and suggestions across to those who need to hear them.
One-stop-shop for practical assistance
BGCC does not claim to cover every eventuality but our bilingual office staff can co-ordinate the meeting of your needs or put you in touch with people who can help. If you want to know about anything from booking travel to insuring your business, from translating business contracts to opening a bank account, from understanding local laws, tariffs and taxation to focussing your marketing strategy - either we or one of our members can help. Members of BGCC are likely to offer discounts to fellow members to whom we introduce them